Don Harris Composition Plays Downtown

February 27, 2012

Don Harris Composition Plays Downtown

Donald Harris, dean emeritus of the College of the Arts at Ohio State, composed a new piece, Canzona 2012 for Chime, for Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012, which played daily at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus during the month of February.

Twelve composers, ranging from contemporary masters to jazz musicians to writers of sacred and secular music have been invited to create new pieces for the bells. Beginning with an inaugural performance on January 1 and continuing with a new composition each month, these works reinforce the overarching theme of time that weaves through all 14 Finding Time projects. The use of church bells recalls their history as a mode of communication, while the compositions themselves are uniquely modern reflections of our time.

Harris taught music at Ohio State for 22 years and founded the Contemporary Music Festival at Ohio State in 2000. He and his wife Marilyn live in downtown Columbus.

Canzona 2012 for Chime can be heard at 12:15 and 5:15 pm until February 29. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at Broad and Third streets in downtown Columbus. Please visit for more information.