Enhancement of the Rochester carillon: Striking the right note for the Mayo Clinic sesquicentennial
Since its dedication on Sept. 16, 1928, the Rochester carillon has become a Mayo Clinic landmark. In honor of its 85th anniversary, long-lost chimes and songs will return to the original 23 bells of the Rochester carillon, and many new musical selections will become possible — all through a computerized clock function.
The computerized clock makes it possible for the carillon to play — for the first time in many years — the Westminster (“Big Ben”) Chimes at the quarter-hour, which William Mayo, M.D., originally requested for the carillon. The new chimes will officially ring in the Mayo Clinic sesquicentennial on Monday, Sept. 30. The sesquicentennial recognizes 150 years of continuous service to patients, since Dr. Will’s father, William Worrall Mayo, M.D., opened a medical practice in Rochester in 1864. This is a gift of benefactors John and Lillian Mathews.