The Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program is pleased to announce the unveiling of “Ascent,” an original musical composition by Kevin T. Padworski. "Ascent" was commissioned by Denver Public Art for the 10-bell chime of the City and County Building. “Ascent” will temporarily replace the Westminster Chime that rings throughout the day on the hour and quarter hour. The new chime “song” will be played on significant and special days for the City of Denver. Other bell towers in Denver, including the historic Daniels & Fisher Tower, University of Denver carillon, and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception have been encouraged to “chime in” with the celebration by playing “Ascent” or ringing their bells. The unveiling is free and open to the public and will happen on the steps of the City and County Building (1437 Bannock St.).
In addition to the unveiling ceremony and dedication, Denver Arts & Venues will hold a special musical event – Chime On, Denver! – at McNichols Civic Center Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.). The event will feature the Perry Weissman 3, Greg Tanner Harris, and Kuxaan – Sum. The musical acts will interpret “Ascent,” the new chime, in their own unique way and perform a 20-minute set of their own music. Composer Kevin T. Padworski, will hold a brief talk on composing for bells. This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested
Thursday, Aug. 24
5:30 p.m. unveiling dedication on the steps of the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St.
6 p.m. reception and Chime On, Denver! on front plaza of the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
Kevin T. Padworski – statement
"The goal of the composition was to capture the essence of the people the music aimed to represent - the people of Denver. With a quickly growing population, full of diversity and a multitude of backgrounds, I sought to create the music that would evoke this catalytic energy. The task of composing for bells combined with a limited set of pitches was a unique and exciting challenge (and privilege). My process would consist of multiple site visits to play and hear the bell tower, and being 'on location' to compose - planting myself downtown surrounded by people to draw the music from them. The result is "Ascent" - a composition that features ascending musical lines that represent the city - its growth, the people, the topography of the state, and hope in its bright future. Bells have such an iconic and timeless sound, and it is my hope that this new music can be heard in a new way to serve and inspire the people of this city."