Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest in the world. What exactly is it and in what city is it located?
- What city boasts a sporting event in which it is traditional for the winner to take a celebratory drink of milk?
- Bohemian émigré Anthony Philip Heinrich led the first known performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 ever heard in the United States in this city. What city was it?
And here are the answers:
- Springfield, IL—“Carillon” is a fancy word for bell tower. This one stands 132 feet high and houses 67 bells that weigh a total of 82,753 pounds. It is named after Senator Thomas Rees, who left instructions in his will that the tower be built and how it should look. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon also has its own Facebook page.
- Indianapolis, IN—And the event is the Indianapolis 500. It all started with three-time Indy 500 winner Louis Meyer, who regularly drank buttermilk on hot days. After winning a race in 1936, Meyer drank some buttermilk in Victory Lane as a matter of habit. Naturally, a milk company executive photographed the moment and made it a thing going forward.
- Lexington, KY—Also known as Anton Philipp Heinrich or “Father” Heinrich, he is considered America’s first “professional” composer and was also dubbed “the Beethoven of America” and “the Western Minstrel” by critics. Heinrich arrived in the US after he lost his fortune in Austria. He set out on a trek through the American wilderness, which landed him in Lexington for the concert.
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