Summer Carillon Concert Series
Albany City Hall
July 28, 2002 3PM
Amy Heebner, Albany, New York
1. World Premiere* of "Towers" Alfred V. Fedak
Dedicated to the memory of all who perished September 11, 2001.
2. Three Welsh Tunes arr. Milford Myhre
The Ash Grove
Men of Harlech
All Through the Night
3. The Second Waltz Dimitri Shostakovich, arr. Frank Steijns
4. Clair de Lune Claude Debussy, arr. Bob van Wely
5. Westminster Robert Byrnes
6. Preludio No. 2 in C Major Matthias Van den Gheyn, ed. Ronald Barnes
7. Swinging on a Star Jimmy Van Heusen, arr. Amy Heebner
8. Fantasy on a Russian Folksong Frank Steijns
9. Simple Gifts Shaker Hymn, arr. Milford Myhre
10. Carrousel Liesbeth Janssens
11. Prelude No. 1 from "Eight Little Preludes and Fugues for Organ" Johann Sebastian Bach
arr. Theophil Rusterholz
12. St. Louis Rag Tom Turpin, arr. George Matthew, Jr.
The smallest bell will ring the number of each selection.
These concerts are made possible through the generosity of the members of the Friends of Albany City Carillon, Inc., Albany City Arts Commission, Hon. Mayor Gerald Jennings, Fleet, The Swyer Companies, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Trustco Bank, The Golub Foundation, Ancient Temple #14 F. & A. M., Ramada Inn Albany Downtown and Tom Moore. These events are also made possible in part with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered in Albany and Schenectady Counties by the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts Community Arts Connection.
For more information write to the Friends of the Albany City Carillon, Inc., c/o Mayor’s Office, Albany City Hall, Albany, NY, 12207, call (518) 434-8036 or visit our website at http://members.tripod.com/~rensselaer.
Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Amy Heebner learned to play the carillon at Middlebury College where she was President of the Middlebury Carillonneurs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in 1993 and received her Master’s in Library Science from the University at Albany in 1997. She is a librarian at the New York State Library. Amy is currently one of three city carillonneurs in Albany, New York. She is a board member, treasurer and one of the founders of the Friends of the Albany City Carillon. In addition to her weekly performances for the city, she also plays at special city events. This year she is coordinating the Albany City Carillon Summer Concert Series. She has given concerts at various carillons in New York and New England. Amy became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America in 2000.
*The Friends of the Albany City Carillon commissioned a work by Alfred Fedak. He wrote this piece a few days after September 11, 2001. The composer states that, "Its title refers both to the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and to the carillon towers from which the piece will be heard, thus memorializing in both sound and structure the landmarks and lives which were so tragically and senselessly lost that day."
Alfred Fedak, born July 4, 1953 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, holds degrees from Hope College and Montclair State University. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, he also holds the AGO’s Choirmaster Certificate, and from 1995-2000 served as national director of the Guild’s Professional Certification Committee. A well-known composer of church music, he has published over 100 works for organ and voices, and his hymn tunes appear in hymnals and collections throughout the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Currently Mr. Fedak serves as Minister of Music and Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, and as Chapel Organist at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. "Towers" is his first composition for carillon.