Heavy Metal

Leave it to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts to turn architecture into music: The centerpiece of the complex, which will open in March, is a 17-story carillon tower. Here, Phil Dravage, a technician for bell manufacturer Verdin, helps hoist one of the center’s 47 cast bronze bells up the tower. It’s heavy labor—the bells weigh a total of 29,500 pounds. But come March, when they ring out over the Valley, our battered civic hopes will soar.