Anyone visiting Hollywood can see the iconic 14-story tower of the Hollywood United Methodist Church with the giant AIDS red ribbon on it. On Christmas eve, carols play throughout the neighborhood from a historic carillon that is more than half-a-century old.
See more about the church tower here AIDS Ribbon on Hollywood Church Turns 20
Just before the midnight service, the music will be played by18-year-old Dante Luna, who has learned to play the instrument since he was 14 years old from retired music director Richard Warne.
It's hard to do! It is a device that you cannot practice on, nor can you hear even when playing it. Here is a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the amazing bells and how they work.
(Dante Luna is the nephew of Studio City Community Activism Examiner Mike Szymanski.)
The historic carillon is situated within the tower of Hollywood UMC. Referred to as the Martindale Carillon, these tubular bells were donated by the Charles Martindale family in honor of their two children who perished in a collison of the S.S. Columbia with the freighter S.S. Livingston on July 20, 1907.
The carillon was dedicated on December 8, 1945. Constructed by JC. Deagan, Inc. of Chicago, it has been called the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Consisting of thirty-two tubular bells, ranging from C to G, the carillon weighs nine tons.
An exclusive process harmonically tunes each bell to eliminate undesired tones. This process allows the bells to be played in four-part harmony.
For details of the Children's Service, Midnight Service and other Christmas activities at the church, click here: http://www.hollywoodumc.org
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