Albany City Hall carillon concerts

Albany City Hall carillon bells

Inside the city hall carillon. / photo: Casey Normile

Albany City Hall has a carillon. (You've maybe heard it played during lunchtime.) And that carillon will be featured in a series of concerts this summer.

The concerts are Sundays at 1 pm during June and July (the first concert was this past Sunday). And different carillonneurs will be playing the massive instrument. The schedule is below.

Academy Park, across from city hall, would be a lovely place to listen.

Carillon? Casey wrote about the city hall carillon and the people who play it a few years back:

So what is a carillon? It's a bell instrument played by striking a keyboard of batons with one's hands and feet. The keys connect to wires, which pull at large clappers, striking the carefully tuned immobile bells. It's like a more physically demanding piano that can only be played in a tower.

It's a fun piece. You should read it. (And the two carillonneurs featured are part of the lineup for this summer's concerts.)

Albany's carillon dates back to 1927 when its installation was a big deal. Over at Hoxsie this past spring Carl recalled the drive to build the instrument and the grand inaugural concert.

Schedule

Concerts at 1 pm.

June 17: George Matthew Jr - Vermont

June 24: Charles Semowich - Rensselaer

July 1: Amy Heebner - New Scotland

July 8: Tatiana Lukyanova - Connecticut

July 15: Sergej Gratchev, Elena Sadina, Nikita Gratchev - Russia

July 22: Andy Zhang - Connecticut

July 29: Tiffany Ng - Michigan

Comments

As long as someone plays Psyche Rock.

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