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Summer carillon series closes with concert by Midwest carillonneur

Sharon Hettinger of Lawrence, Kan., will be the fifth and final performer in Alfred University’s 2011 Wingate Summer Carillon Series on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The free recital starts at 7 p.m. at the University carillon and will include a wide mix of music including a toccata, a capriccio, a jazz suite, a hymn tune set, and an arrangement of "Home on the Range."

The recital will be held rain or shine. Indoor seating will be available in nearby Howell Hall in the event of rain.

The director of music and organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Mo., Hettinger began her carillon study under the tutelage of world-renowned carillonneur Bert Gerken at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she continues to play. She has performed recitals throughout the Midwest, including the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Ill. in 2008.

Hettinger received her master of music (organ/church music) and doctor of musical arts degrees (organ performance) from the University of Kansas and her bachelor of music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J.

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series honors Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate (1886-1968), who was a professor of music at Alfred University for 56 years. After the installation of the bells in 1937, he was appointed the University carillonneur and continued in the position until his death. He arranged more than 5,00 selections for the carillon and composed nine suits. The Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation fund the series.

The carillon at Alfred University is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons (which are stuck with loosely clenched fists), with a pedal board (octave and a fifth). The ground-floor display by the carillon has information on its history. Guests are welcome to climb the 69 steps to the top to enjoy the view and watch the guest artists at work.