Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ottawa Carillon Concert featured Pierre Massie's Compositions and Arrangements

The Peace Tower, home of Ottawa's 53 bell Carillon

Another fun trip up the Tower for a very special Carillon Concert. This time, our Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady,  treated Pete with a program all his own!

about 183 steps to the Carillon keyboard room
The elevator was out of service, so we all huffed and puffed our way up to the keyboard room.

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A cool stop on the way up was to check out the clock mechanism that runs the Westminster chime strikes. It looks and sounds like a giant music box!

Andrea McCrady (in Christmas garb) poses with Pierre Massie in the playing room

As I mentioned in the post announcing this upcoming concert, Dr. McCrady is gratified that she has found a composer "in her own backyard" whose compositions and arrangements seem so fitting to the requirements of the Carillon.

She played Pierre's Stairwell Carol so beautifully! Here it is! Enjoy! Concert date was Noon, Monday, December 12th, 2016.

Pierre poses in the Great Hall with Stairwellers, David, Martha, Maggie and Manon

Here's an article by the Toronto star about Andrea and her "high-level" (pun intended) job.


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