Albany City Hall offers carillon concerts
Albany City Hall, 22 Eagle St., Albany, will present the Summer Carillon Concert Series each Sunday through July 30. Each performance begins at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The best place to listen to the carillon is just behind City Hall in Corning Park or in front of City Hall in Academy Park.
Schedule and performer:
July 9 – Tatiana Lukyanova, Connecticut;
July 16 – Elena Sadina, Sergej Gratchev, Nikita Gratchev, Russia, Sponsored by the Swyer Companies;
July 23 – George Matthew, Jr., Vermont;
July 30 – Rachel Perfecto and Jakob De Vreese, New York/Belgium, Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.
Carillon Tower information:
The architect, H.H. Richardson, included in his design a magnificent tower standing 202 feet tall, crowned by a 50-square-foot chamber opened to the city below. As a monument to the soldiers who had given their lives in World War I, a campaign to raise money for the carillon began in 1926; more than 25,000 citizens contributed $45,000. The John Taylor Company of Loughborough, England, was awarded the contract to build the carillon. In September 1927, Jef Denyn of Belgium played the opening recital on the first municipal carillon in the United States. During Albany’s Tricentennial in 1986 the carillon was restored and enlarged.
The Albany carillon, one of just 116 concert class carillons in the United States, is one of the few that is owned by a government, making it truly a people’s carillon. Its 49 bells range in size from 11,200 pounds to 27 pounds. Each metal bell creates its own distinct sound. The carillonneur, the musician playing the carillon, sits in an enclosed room just below the bells.
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