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New ASO Bells Unique, Like the Musician They Honor

Tom Sherwood and the ASO church bells dedicated in Eugene Rehm's honor
Tom Sherwood and the ASO church bells dedicated in Eugene Rehm's honor
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

The new church bells at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are remarkable for several reasons. First, they’re of a type that’s exceedingly rare in the US; very few orchestras own them. Second, they’re used in exactly one piece of music: Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, which the ASO is performing this weekend.

The third compelling detail about the new bells is the man whose memory they honor, an eccentric wit of a musician who played with the ASO for 49 years.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney paid a visit to Symphony Hall to talk with principle percussionist Tom Sherwood, about the bells and the unique man whose life they commemorate.

Broadcast version of story that first aired Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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