Concord Carillon Music To Be Available On CD
Athens, W.Va. - The beautiful and unique sounds of the 48 tuned, bronze bells of the Marsh Memorial Carillon at Concord College – West Virginia’s only true carillon–soon will be available on CD.
Internationally acclaimed carillonneur Todd Fair was on the Athens campus this past Easter weekend playing Concord’s bells. He recorded Christmas tunes, children’s favorites like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and the classics. Dr. Baine Harris with Hudson Recordings of Portsmouth, Va., is producing the CD for the College.
Mr. Fair, a native of Pennsylvania, lived in Europe for almost 25 years studying and teaching the carillon and playing some of the most famous bells on the continent. He returned to the United States where he was carillonneur for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and now is carillonneur for the University of Denver’s new 65-bell carillon.
"We hope to have the CD available for sale by early fall," stated carillon enthusiast and former President Joseph Marsh. "The CD will sell for around $15, with proceeds from the sale going into a "Friends of the Carillon" fund. The fund will allow us to bring in guest carillonneurs for live recitals."
"I look at this project as a way for the College to gain favorable attention," Marsh continued, "and, it is a way for the public to become acquainted with carillon music. One piece on the CD that I particularly enjoy is Campus Beautiful, composed by Concord alumnus Ken Moore, class of 1970, who is associate curator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Carillonneur Todd Fair wrote an arrangement for Franz Schubert’s Serenade from ‘Swan Song,’ which is quite lovely, too."
"We hope our students will have fond memories of the Marsh Memorial Carillon when they graduate," stated Concord President Jerry Beasley. "The bells chime on the hour and ten-minutes before class starts. The sounds are pleasant reminders of a wonderful time our students share with friends and faculty. And, we look forward to alumni coming back to campus, listening to the bells and reminiscing about their college experiences."
For information about the CD, call 1-304-384-9816, or 384-5317. Or, e-mail at email@example.com.
Todd Fair performs on the carillon at Concord.
Dr. Baine Harris is the recording engineer for the CD.