What are the William Kerrigan Symphony Bells of Remembrance?

An orchestra may include other instruments for certain performances.  The DSO has featured the William Kerrigan Symphony Bells of Remembrance, a set of seven pitched bells that were originally part of the Bells of Remembrance collected by The Franciscans to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City. The Franciscans donated the bells to various organizations, and the DSO received seven, which are most frequently needed for classical works (i.e., Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, and Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky). William Kerrigan is the Principal Percussionist for the DSO and has worked closely with Brother David Schlatter to secure and maintain the seven bells; this is why he is recognized in the name.

Two Bells of Remembrance, used in Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique