Trinity College’s Bicentennial (1823-2023) launched in May 2023 on the heels of Olmsted200. On Charter Day, May 16, the campus was accredited as a Level I arboretum and everyone is welcome!

Don’t miss a special opportunity to join us in person on July 12th: Meet “Big Head Fred” in his hometown of Hartford, CT, and celebrate the first event of the “1823 Series” – a Free Bicentennial Carillon Concert and Picnic beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12th.

The evening starts with with an organ recital inside the Chapel by Christopher Houlihan, John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music and Artist-in-Residence. At 7 p.m. enjoy a picnic and an evening on the lawn with a performance by Ellen Dickinson, College Carillonneur. The carillon concert will include Fanfare 1823, which was composed by Ellen Dickinson and commissioned in honor of Trinity’s Bicentennial celebration.

Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, food and drink. A free public picnic will be offered in connection with the July 12 concert; RSVP is required to reserve a meal.

Part of the annual Summer Carillon Concert Series, a Hartford tradition since 1949, the series features national and international guest artists and the music of the 49-bell Plumb Memorial Carillon, one of approximately 200 such instruments in North America. Listeners are welcome to a free concert (chapel concert followed by carillon) every Wednesday evening from June 28th through July 26, and always invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and food.

6:00 p.m. Organ recital inside the Chapel
7:00 p.m. Picnic available; RSVP required to reserve food.