CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Memorial Carillon will ring with the music of 21 countries’ national anthems at noon March 1 to mark the start of Upstate International Month.

The annual Upstate International Month collaboration will celebrate cultural diversity and heritage in Upstate South Carolina.

Clemson Memorial Carillon

Clemson Memorial Carillon

The Clemson University Carillonneurs will play the anthems of countries ranging from Brazil to Turkey, and, of course, the United States. (See the list of musicians below.)

They will participate in the Upstate International Month 100 Bells ceremony. Greenville’s sister city, Bergamo, Italy, rings 100 bells each night as a tradition during the closing of its gate. The bells of downtown Greenville also will ring at noon to kick off the cultural celebration.

Upstate International is a nonprofit organization designed to empower people and businesses of all nations by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the exchange of international cultures and ideas.

The Clemson University Carillonneurs perform national anthems:

  • Brazil: Harrison Catoe, Biological Sciences
  • Canada: Cole Crawford, Mechanical Engineering
  • China: Terrill Eubank, Communication Studies
  • Cuba: Aubrey Lawson, Graduate Computer Science
  • Dominican Republic: Taylor Keathley, Performing Arts
  • France: Peter Sterckx, Engineering
  • Germany: Julia Spieker, Bioengineering
  • Great Britain: Kailey Arnold, Graphic Communications
  • Iceland: Foster McLane, Computer Science
  • India: Jenna Kinard, Biological Sciences
  • Israel: Christopher West. Computer Science
  • Japan: Zachary Chessman, computer Science
  • Kenya: Faith Dunn, Biological Sciences
  • Mexico: Christopher West, Computer Science
  • Philippines: Aubrey Lawson, Graduate Computer Science
  • Russia: Taylor Maier, Graduate Computer Science
  • South Korea: Sloan Bankson: Industrial Engineering
  • Spain: Aubrey Lawson, Graduate student, Computer Science
  • Thailand: Craig Goodman, Graduate student, Chemistry
  • Turkey: Craig Goodman, Graduate student, Chemistry
  • United States of America: Elitra Pinckney, Electrical Engineering

Other Upstate International Month events include:

Jungle Book Ballet, March 4
A production choreographed by Hernan Justo, created for families and children. This mythical ballet will capture the imagination at the Peace Center Gunter Theater.

Afghanistan Cooking Class, March 7
The Cook’s Station in Greenville will host an Afghanistan cooking class, taught by Nelo, owner of the Afghanistan Restaurant.

Irish Beer Tasting, March 15
An exploration of beers that hail from Ireland, hosted by the Upstate Craft Beer Company.

Celtic Woman, Voice of Angels, March 17
Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents “Voices of Angels,” a captivating vocal performance and show.

Japanese Tea Ceremony, March 17
A ceremony demonstrating the etiquette and custom of preparing and serving Japanese tea, hosted at Upstate International, 9 S. Memminger St., Greenville.

African Gala: LIWA Africa, March 18
A night of food, music, fashion and dancing in honor of African Legacy recipient Dr. Thomas Hensah at the Marriott Hotel.

Spanish Paella Cooking Class, March 21
Mediterranean chef Alba Sunyer will demonstrate how to cook mixed paella at the Cook’s Station.

Korean Center for Greenville Lunch and Learn, March 22 and 29
An opportunity to have lunch and learn more about the Korean Village Totem Pole with Dr. Youmi Efurd, the Curator and Cultural Events Coordinator at Wofford College.

International Spring Concert: A World of Music, March 25
A concert featuring international styles at Greenville County Library.