A Whole Note


Michigan Theater - Auditorium Sun, Oct 1, 2023 3:00 PM


A Whole Note by director Pedro Ramalho Marques, presented in association with the University of Michigan's Organ Conference "Time Play: Inventing Future Sounds and Scholarship in the Historical Keyboard Realm.

The story of the Elias family in Portugal, owners of the largest traveling carillon in the world.

Sisters Ana and Sara Elias dream of building their own mobile carillon, so they can play tower bells without the constraints of the bell tower. They just don't know how to broach the idea with their father. But Alberto has a plan to make his daughters' dream come true. Today, they own LVSITANVS, the largest mobile carillon in the world, which they take on a freight truck from one concert to the next. Dreams can be real, heavy, tiring and...very expensive. The Elias family is on the road, but Sara needs to get back to her professorial duties in Canada. Alberto and Ana will continue with LVSITANVS, against all odds, in search of bringing the "heavenly sound of bells to all."

Followed by a live audience Q&A on "Doing and Researching Arts Entrepreneurship" with Sara Elias, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria, and Ana Elias, Director of the International Center of the Carillon and Organ in Portugal, chaired by Melissa Coppola. This event is supported by the CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Lab, and the U-M Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG).

In Portuguese with English subtitles.