Apr 2, 2021 - News
Carillon car concerts at Des Moines' Cathedral Church of St. Paul to continue post-pandemic

Downtown Des Moines' Cathedral Church of St. Paul last year launched a 30-minute Easter services carillon concert for members to enjoy from their vehicles.

It’s now a weekly event, drawing car crowds even from nonmembers. (It's also popular online.)

  • The full-length hand-played concerts help build interest in the church and have resulted in financial contributions.

The big picture: There are 25 bronze bells in the carillon, some cast 125 years ago.

  • The largest weighs about three tons and can be heard throughout much of downtown.

What to expect: Organist/choirmaster Mark Babcock told Axios that he plans to continue the free concerts even after the pandemic.

  • The bells play briefly every day at noon, 5pm and 6pm via an automated system.
  • Sundays at 9am, 815 High St.
  • Don’t feed the meters! Street parking is free on Sundays.

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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