In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Hoover Tower, a concert was presented on Hoover's carillon June 17th featuring carillonneur and Stanford Music graduate student Julie Zhu. Along with a new composition of her own, Allegro, the concert reprised works that had also appeared in a carillon program presented on June 20, 1941, for Stanford’s 50th anniversary and the dedication of Hoover Tower.
Julie Zhu is a composer and carillonneur, currently working towards a D.M.A. in composition. Employing a variety of media, from mural painting and sculpture to performance and video, Zhu collaborates with artists from different fields to create experimental chamber experiences. Her scores range from hair cast in clear resin to temporary tattoos to traditional orchestration. Zhu’s music has been performed by Marco Fusi, Longleash, PROMPTUS, and TAK ensemble, among others.
Zhu performs carillon concerts around the world and was the resident carillonneur at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City. Zhu recently was the featured carillonneur for the Carillon Concert Finale of Washington National Cathedral's WoCo Fest 2021.