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Editor's Note
BREAKING NEWS: Passing of Tony Mecca
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA
Joe Soprani to Perform with Mandolin and Balalaika Ensembles
Jose Alfonso Valadez Alanis in Concert in Middleburg, Virginia
Alex Meixner Releases New CD
Beverly Roberts Curnow in Concert for WMAS
Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon Festival in Quebec, Canada
San Antonio International Accordion Festival
Accordion Pops Orchestra Releases New CD
Update on the Documentary, "Accordions Rising"
Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini Upcoming Performances
Ron Borelli to Perform for the San Francisco Accordion Club
Brews and Bellows Come Together for the Big Squeeze and Beer Tasting Festival

Voci Armoniche

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Accordionists and Teachers Guild, 75th Anniversary - USA
Video: Part 1. Beautiful Accordion Music at ATG Festival From Russia - USA
Angelica Bargou Passes Peacefully, Virginia Beach
AAA Seminars in New York City
Video: Part 2. Beautiful Accordion Music at ATG Festival From Russia - USA
Composer Seeking Bayanist/Accordionist for "Bayan and Beyond"
Donna Regis Performs in Alte Kameraden
Video from the 75th ATG Festival, 60 Years Presentation to Joan C. Sommers - USA
A Mahler Symphony Squeezed In A Squeezebox, New York
Video: Stas Venglevski and Joan Sommers Perform Venglevski Works - USA
Connecticut Accordion Association Invites Musicians to Perform
Video: ATG 75th Anniversary Festival Orchestra in Chicago
Tribute Concert to Ilmar Kuljus and More
Accordion Stolen in Chicago
Day of the Accordion with Corky Bennett
Video: Amy Jo Sawyer and Joe Natoli Perform España - USA
Mike Middleton New CD Release and Upcoming Performances
Michigan Accordion Society hosts Special Performance in Northern Michigan Wine Country
Kirkland Oktoberfest Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Future events

Carmen Carrozza Memorial Concert and Dinner October 2-4 in New York
Milwaukee Accordion Club - ‘Bill Anderson with a Little Bit of Heaven' - USA
Cody McSherry to Perform for Oktoberfest Concert
Brooklyn Accordion Club Meeting on September 13
Cajun Music Camp in Rhode Island
Honors Accordion Retreat November 12-17
Brent Buswell in Concert in October

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New and Updated Sites

Site Update and New Arrangement, Clair de Lune by Peter Wilk - Canada
Updated Site: Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni Additional Information - USA



Accordion Repairs Made Easy by John Reuther

Editor's Note

by Rita Barnea
Editor Rita BarneaThe September USA news is one of our largest ever! As time goes by there is more and more news indicating the growing popularity of the accordion all over the world.

Read about upcoming concerts, new CD's, accordion orchestras, videos, festivals, memorials, ….. so many events for you to choose from during the month of September and beyond.

As always, you may contact me with your comments and ideas:

The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by famous accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux

BREAKING NEWS: Passing of Tony Mecca

by Rita Barnea
Anthony Mecca
Anthony MeccaAWW is sad to report the passing of Tony Mecca. From the obituary of the funeral home website:

Mr. Anthony Mecca 94, of 50 Beach Road, formerly of Eastchester, New York and Palm Beach, Florida passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday, August 31, 2015. He was the widower of Isotta Jeannette (Masoni) Mecca.

Tony was born in Waterbury on January 9,1921 son of the late William and Margaret (Santarsiero) Mecca. He was a graduate of Crosby High School’s Class of 1938, and served his country proudly during WWII with the U.S. Army. A career musician, he began playing the accordion at the age of 10, studying under performer and composer Joe Biviano in New York City.

When he was 18 years old, he performed at the first ever accordion concert at Carnegie Hall, along with his brother Dom. Their duet of “Rhapsody in Blue” brought down the house and earned them an encore. While serving in the U.S. Army, he provided entertainment for the troops by playing the accordion and his hand held instrument.

He eventually moved to New York City and became a teacher at Biviano’s Music School, as well as a staff musician for ABC, CBS, and NBC. He continued to perform in concert and at clubs, and in the mid 1950’s he opened his own music school in Westchester County, New York.

He was Vice President of the American Accordionists Association, and during his years in New York he performed at many of their events in New York and other major cities around the country, including performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Bernstein. He provided background music for many Broadway musicals and operas, and recorded with artists, Andre Kostelanetz, Percy Faith and Mitch Miller.

He recorded many albums with Joe Biviano, performed in the orchestras of Bobby Vinton, the Ed Sullivan Show, and the “Lucky Strike Hit Parade.” In the early 1980’s Tony and his wife Jeannette moved to Florida, yet he continued work as a musician, playing shows, private parties, and performed as a soloist with the local pops orchestra.

In 2000 he accompanied Luciano Pavarotti during a performance with a Florida symphony orchestra. Following the death of his wife in 2013, Tony moved back to Connecticut.

Tony is survived by his son, William J. Mecca of Watertown, and his sister, Katherine “Kay” Rocco of Waterbury. He was predeceased by his siblings; Domenic, Leonard, Mildred, Antonio and Leonardo.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wolcott View Manor, and St. Mary’s Hospital ICU and VITAS unit for the kind and compassion care given to Tony.

Arrangements : A Mass of Christian Burial, with the cremains present, will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with full military honors. Family and friends are asked to meet DIRECTLY at the Basilica. Burial of cremains, will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury has been entrusted with the services.

A funeral mass will be held this Saturday at 11:00 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in down town Waterbury, CT

Memorial contributions may be made in Tony’s memory to:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142
Memphis, TN 38148
View/Sign Guest Book

List of Anthony Mecca publications:
· Jazz Ideas for the Dance Band Accordionist, Book 1, #OP8097
· Jazz Ideas for the Dance Band Accordionist, Book 2, #OP8098
· Mecca’s Chord Course for the Accordion, Volume 1, #OP8117
· Mecca’s Chord Course for the Accordion, Volume 2, #OP8118
· Mecca’s Chord Course for the Accordion, Volume 3, #OP8119
· Progressive Ideas for Pop Playing, #OP8039
· Progressive Jazz Styles, #OP8076
· Dark Eyes, #OP0213
· When the Saints Come Marching In, #OP0215
· Oh, Marie!, #OP0216
· Boppin’ the Blues, #OP9586
· Flight to Mecca, #OP9587
· Paula, arr. Mecca, #PD0725
OP = O. Pagani now published by Busso Music
Anthony Mecca

Titano Accordion Company

Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival Ready to Start - USA

by Heather Masefield, Secretary, New Zealand Accordion Association
Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival
Paul PasqualiNewsletter cover, Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion FestivalI am writing this on the plane flying internationally to Las Vegas for the Octoberfest Las Vegas International from 15th to 18th October at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

Paul Betken & Jerry Cigler are newly added to a great line up of stars (list below) with lots of great seats still available! Want to hop a plane to come and enjoy this exciting festival?

Newsletter (picture right) with full information: 2018LVACnews.pdf
Picture left: Event organizer Paul Pasquali

The lineup starts with visionary accordionist Cory Pesaturo and bookends with a grand finale starring Grayson Masefield and the International Accordion Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Prof. Joan Sommers.

You can register online at or contact Paul Pasquali, event organizer, by phone at 1-800-472-1695 or (801) 485-5840, email:
Footer Octoberfest Las Vegas International Accordion Festival

Voci Armoniche

Joe Soprani to Perform with Mandolin and Balalaika Ensembles

by Rita Barnea
Joseph SopraniAccordionist Joseph Soprani will perform with the Munier Mandolin Ensemble and the Russian Balalaika Orchestra Sunday, Sept. 20 2015 at the Venice Island Performance Art Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Multicultural Arts Exchange presents the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra and Smithsonian Folkways Artists, the Kovriga Balalaika Orchestra with nationally acclaimed Accordian virtuoso Joseph Soprani, at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

For more than half a century, the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra has promoted classical mandolin music in the City of Brotherly Love. The Munier Orchestra was established in 1957, when two smaller ensembles - one from South Philly and one from Northeast Philly - united under the baton of Dr. Joseph Tiracchia. Tiracchia had a direct link with the Golden Age of the classical mandolin. His father was a student and personal acquaintance of the two foremost mandolin virtuosos and composers of that era: Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, for whom the orchestra is named.

For more than three decades, the Munier Orchestra flourished under the leadership of Tiracchia. The orchestra produced three LP recordings featuring a diverse musical selection, ranging from the virtuosic compositions of Munier and Calace to traditional Italian favorites, many of which were arranged for the orchestra by Tiracchia. As one of the foremost regional ambassadors of the Italian-American cultural tradition, the Munier Orchestra maintained a high profile. In 1976, Munier played a role in the nation's Bicentennial Celebration, performing in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra to celebrate the city's musical heritage.

When Dr. Tiracchia passed away in 1990, Chris Ianni - a mandolin and mandola virtuoso and charter member of Munier - assumed the baton. Ianni led the group until his death in 2007. Robert Henry served as Munier's conductor from 2007 until 2011. Mark Linkins currently serves as Munier's musical director.

The Kovriga Balalaika Orchestra was formed in the early 1930s by the late Paul Kauriga a master composer, teacher and conductor. Mr. Kauriga was a talented violinist devoted to preserving the music of his forefathers, and specialized in Eastern European music. The orchestra honored Mr. Kauriga in 1976 by changing the name of the group to the Russian version of his name, thus becoming the Kovriga Balalaika Orchestra.

The orchestra grew to over 80 members. Mr Kauriga was later nominated for a Grammy Award for his balalaika compositions in 1982. His music has been used in movies, and even internationally broadcast Olympic figure skating competition Presently the the orchestra's recordings archived in the Smithsonian Folkways Music Collection at the Smithsonian Institute to be preserved forever. Mr. Kauriga was inducted into the BDAA (Balalaika and Domra Association of America) Hall of Fame in 1994.

At Mr. Kauriga's passing in 2007, but his three sons, Gregory, Dimitri and Paul have continued working with orchestra members, friends and family to keep their father's legacy alive through the KBO. The orchestra now has four generations of the original founding families among the membership.

Recognized as a world class accordionist, educator, and arranger-composer, Joseph Soprani has dominated the accordion scene nationally for more than 45 years. He holds the distinction of being the only accordionist in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to appear as featured soloist under Eugene Ormandy

During his career He has made numerous appearances throughout the country including personal appearances for President, President Nixon, and many world dignitaries including command performances for King Mohammed V of Morocco, King and Queen of Cambodia, President Symgman Rhea of Korea, President Chiang Kai-shek of China and the Royal Family of Japan. In 2006 he was voted by the Philadelphia City Paper as "most versatile accordion player" and continues to promote the accordion as a serious instrument.

Soprani has dominated the accordion scene nationally for more than 45 years. He holds the distinction of being the only accordionist in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to appear as featured soloist under Eugene Ormandy

During his career He has made numerous appearances throughout the country including personal appearances for President, President Nixon, and many world dignitaries including command performances for King Mohammed V of Morocco, King and Queen of Cambodia, President Symgman Rhea of Korea, President Chiang Kai-shek of China and the Royal Family of Japan. In 2006 he was voted by the Philadelphia City Paper as "most versatile accordion player" and continues to promote the accordion as a serious instrument.

The concert will take place at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 1 Rector Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

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Jose Alfonso Valadez Alanis in Concert in Middleburg, Virginia

by Rita Barnea
Jose Alonzo Concert

Jose AlonzoVideo 1: J.S. BACH Concerto No. 3 IN D. BWV 1054, 1st mvt. Orquesta Intermedia de la ESMDM. Sala Chopin ESMDM, 25 marzo 2015.
Video 2: Encore: Felix Tango by Matteo Falloni. The guitar player is Arturo Vera, a student at the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey.

On Sunday, September 13th the Middleburg Concert Series will offer a slightly different vibe with its third performance of its chamber music series that will feature Latin American music. The guest artist is renowned Mexican pianist and accordionist Jose Alfonso Valadez.

Alanis who will come to Middleburg from Monterey, Mexico to showcase his very unique style and talent. Valadez is currently on the faculty at the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza and was a founding member of the orchestra “Acordeones Sinfonicos”. He has performed all over the world in folk festivals in countries such as Italy and France.

The concert takes place 4:PM at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, Corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets. The program will include tangos, polkas, and folk music along with some more traditional classical music pieces and promises to be lively.
Following the very successful concert of vocal chamber music in June, the directors of the series strive to offer a variety of musical choices to Middleburg concert audiences.

Joining Senor Valadez in the performance will be cellist, Dr. Alan Saucedo, and violinists Cynthia Saucedo and Enrique Reynosa.

José Alfonso Valadez Alanís was born in Monterrey, N.L. March 27, 1960. He began his musical studies in 1970 at the Accordion Academy Ro-Ma with Professor Inocencio Rodriguez Martinez, receiving his Accordionist Diploma in February 1977.

In 1979 he was a founding member of the Orchestra “Acordeones Sinfónicos“ directed by Rodriguez Martinez and was a soloist until 1984, appearing in local settings. In 1981 he received the title of Chemical Engineer graduating from the Faculty of Chemistry UANL. He received a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering.

Jose took private piano lessons with teachers Emilia Montfort, Rodrigo Gonzalez Barragán and Gerardo González.He was awarded a prize in 1997 by the Council for Culture and the Arts of Nuevo Leon, for a project entitled "Traveling Classical Accordion" which consisted of presenting concerts in all municipalities of Nuevo León, in various theaters and auditoriums.

In 1998 he was a founding member of the Amici Ensemble, for whom he has given recitals in various areas in the state of Tamaulipas, as well as music composition and gave a live performance of "The Magic of Cervantes" directed by Hernán Galindo in the Pro Culture Forum.

He has participated as a soloist in the House of Culture of NL, the Museum of Linares, the Faculty of Music U.A.N.L. and "The Tomb" inside Musicantro Cultubar activities Old Town Festival 2001.Since August 2002 he works at the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey as a teacher/accompanist for instrumentalists and singers.He participated in the X International Festival Tamaulipas with a concert entitled "From Gardel to Piazzolla" and the "Cultural Caravan" organized by presenting CONARTE Educational Concerts Accordion in 20 municipalities of Nuevo León.

The concert is sponsored by Gloria Armfield Washington Fine Properties and other generous supporters. The concert is free. Refreshments by Federal Street Cafe.

For further information on the program: or

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Alex Meixner Releases New CD

by Rita Barnea
Then and NowAlex MeixnerThe following was contributed by MPA President Steve Harris:

Music Publishers of America just released "Then and Now",  an album featuring The Vitak-Elsnic All-Star Band led by Alex Meixner, performing polkas & waltzes from the V-E portfolio.

Hear song clips and view a video of "Snow Waltz" from Then and Now:

"Then and Now" is the company’s first venture into recording V-E music, part of its objective of reintroducing the Vitak-Elsnic brand to a new generation of music lovers.

“This album has a little bit of something for everybody, including
people not that familiar with polka music,” said MPA President Steve Harris. “Some songs are played as originally published by V-E decades ago. But others are completely new arrangements from Alex Meixner.”

Meixner is a Grammy-nominated performing and recording artist, music producer and MPA Vice President. “And there’s another twist,” Harris said. “We’ve added brand-new English lyrics to some songs that either never had them or that were originally in Czech or Polish.” There are 14 songs on the CD, all of which were initially published as V-E arrangements. Standards like "Red Raven Polka" and "Snow Waltz" are joined by newly-rediscovered songs like the jaunty Crackerjack Polka and the
haunting Last Kiss Waltz.

The Vitak-Elsnic All-Star Band, led by Meixner, was pulled together specifically for this project. “Each musician brought a unique style and skill set to the studio, and the end result turned out beautifully”, Meixner said. In addition to Meixner, Grammy-nominated Hank Guzevich of Polka Family as well as recording veterans Michael Morris, Ed Klancnik, Don Hunjadi, Joe Tierney, Richard Watson and Sam Broeniman round out the band.

Meixner, Guzevich and Morris as well as the phenomenal Abby Broeniman perform vocals. “Abby is simply awesome,” Harris stated. “She sings from the heart and really delivers.”

Selections include:
1. Red Raven Polka (Alex Meixner vocals)

2. Helena Polka

3. Nina Bailando/Pretty Dancing Girl (Hank Guzevich and Michael Morris vocals)

4. Snow Waltz (Abby Broeniman vocals)

5. Crackerjack Polka

6. Last Kiss Waltz

7. Rain Rain Polka (Michael Morris and Abby Broeniman vocals)

8. Tinker Polka (Abby Broeniman vocals)

9. Innocence Waltz

10. Julida Polka (Hank Guzevich vocals)

11. Chicago Waltz (Abby Broeniman vocals)

12. Holzauction Schottische

13. Schneider Polka

14. A Night in May Waltz (Abby Broeniman vocals)
Music Publishers of America Website:
Snow Waltz Video:

For more information, DJ copies or to schedule an interview, contact:
Steve or call
MPA on 855-686-8742

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Beverly Roberts Curnow in Concert for WMAS

by Rita Barnea
Beverly Roberts CurnowConcert accordionist, Beverly Roberts Curnow, will be the guest artist of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society on September 20, 2015 at 4:PM at the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22044.

A student of Carmen Carrozza, Beverly became the 1964 World's Fair Accordion Queen. She won First Prize in the 1965 Coupe Mondiale Competition.

Everyone is welcome. Members are free. Nonmembers $8.00. The mission of the WMAS is to bring together accordionists and promote accordion music in the National Capital region.

For further information:

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon Festival in Quebec, Canada

by Rob Howard
QuebecThe annual Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon festival in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada, runs from September 3rd to 6th. The festival includes a wide variety of outdoor concerts, exhibitions, animations, conferences, dances, and opening and closing events.

Download the program: 2015Carrefour.pdf

Graphic left by Julien Simard.

The Accordion Museum has various exhibits highlighting the history of the accordion and musicians, and conferences will be held each day. The museum houses a large collection of antique instruments, such as a very rare melophone, a harmoniflute, a unique type of bass, and Chinese instruments which show the use of the free reed, dating back 4,000 years.

This year’s guest artists, including many international accordionists, are David Venitucci and Annick Cisaruk (France), Quartier Libre: Philippe Mallard, Aly Beziat, Max Robin and Pierre Jacquet (France), Robert Santiago (France), François Heim and Alexeï Birioukov (France/Russia), Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (Finland), Duo Bilika: Didier Ithursarry and Kristof Hiriart (France, Basque country), Mirco Patarini (Italy), Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam (Belgium), Niall and Cillian Vallely (Ireland), Duo Jbanov: Roman Jbanov and sister Anna (Russia), Étienne Grandjean and Soïg Siberil (Brittany, France), Erica Weigand and Elias Porter (Spain, Catalan country), Roger Dallaire (Canada), Steve Normandin (Quebec, Canada), Len Wallace (Canada), David and Eduardo Buerba Montull (Spain), Timi Turmel, Erin Leahy and Christian Nolet (Quebec, Canada), Duo McLane: Jeremiah and Annemieke McLane, (USA/Netherlands), Trio Marin Nasturica: Marin Nasturica, Laurent Djintcharadze and Éric Lagacé (Romania/Georgia/Canada), Trio Martin Bellemare: Martin Bellemare, Christine Tassan and Greg Buckles (Quebec, Canada), John Lettieri (Canada), Serge Duchesne and  Luciano Testani (Quebec, Canada), Marie-Jeanne Brousseau and  Emily Flack (Quebec/Ontario, Canada).

For further information email:

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San Antonio International Accordion Festival

by Rita Barnea
San Antonio International Accordion Festival
From the press release of the San Antonio International Accordion Festival:
Celebrate San Antonio's love of the accordion and join us for this FREE annual all-star celebration on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the historic downtown La Villita in San Antonio, Texas.
You don’t want to miss out on this day of diverse musical styles and the inspiration of vibrant celebrations of cultural roots, cultural exchange and cultural connection from around the globe and right here in Texas. It's big, it's outdoors and it's dancing and fun for the whole family. FREE admission * RAIN or SHINE

Based in San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival has earned a reputation for innovative programming, featuring international performers of the highest caliber, and for a commitment to cultural education by initiating cross-cultural communication in workshops and performances.

This FREE festival has established itself as one of the premier events in the Southwest.The accordion in Texas is a perfect vehicle through which to tell the story of immigrant America.  And the musical tale of immigrant America examined closely unpacks the rich international roots of our heritage.

Performing groups include: Alamo Angels Accordion Orchestra, Armando Arciniega y Sy Conjunto, Buyepongo, Cedryk Ballou and The Zydeco Trendsetters, Conjunto Cats, Conjunto Puro Corazon, Dakha Brakha, Flying Balalaika Brothers, Mahala, Murder the Stout, Musette Explosion, Santiago Jimenez, Jr.

Historically rich from its variant origins, the accordion is at the root of numerous multicultural music traditions throughout the world, many of which have found their way to this country, many of which enjoy great acclaim in diverse parts of the world: the Italians, los mexicanos, the French, los dominicanos, the Germans, los colombianos, the Irish, los argentinos, the Poles, los españoles, the Czechs...and many others.

Of course, to enhance its draw, the International Accordion Festival will be held again in the scenic downtown San Antonio at the historic La Villita.  The festival’s focus makes San Antonio an especially appropriate host site--since the city is essentially the birthplace and industry hub for Tejano conjunto music.  Conjunto, a popular and historically important accordion music, draws on European and Latin American influences and rhythms but is basically an American musical genre.

In the past fourteen years, the International Accordion Festival has become a premier event in the Southwest and has presented: 169 ensembles, representing over 40 distinct styles (Russian, Texas Czech, French Canadian, Indian, Klezmer, Basque, Vallenato, Irish, Merengue Tipico Ripiao, Conjunto, Tango, Cajun, German Polka, Klezmer and Eastern Europe, Bulgarian Wedding Music, Zydeco, Western Swing, Slovenian, Breton, Croatian, Nuclear Polka, Italian, Argentine Chamame, Brazilian Forro, Albanian, Middle Eastern, Texas Ecletic, Czech Republic, Third Coast, Azebaijani, Cape Verdean, Quebecois, Creole, Canary Islands, Alternative, Chicken Scratch, Bulgarian Roma, Panamian Pindin and Parisian Musette and many more), 85 workshops, demonstrations, panels, lectures, and open mics.

The International Accordion Festival is a 501-1(c) non-profit organization established in 2003. The mission of the International Accordion Festival is to present and explorer these connections and differences, to celebrate the instrument's local identity and global reach, to preserve and present the accordion music traditions of ethnic, regional and national cultures worldwide and to educate audiences about the many related free-reed instruments central to these musics.

The revenue raised goes right back into the festival to continue to present a FREE festival with more high quality entertainment and workshops every year.

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

Accordion Pops Orchestra Releases New CD

by Rita Barnea
Al TerzoThe Accordion Pops Orchestra based in New Jersey and conducted by Al Terzo (picture left) has released their latest CD, "Movies and Musicals".

Selections included are: "Ladies of Broadway", "A Night at the Oscars", "
"Titanic", "Exodus", "Phantom of the Opera", "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", "I Feel Pretty", "Les Miserables", "Shanandoah", "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", "Last of the Mohicans", "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Most of the twenty-five plus members of the orchestra are professional musicians or teachers.  Many are soloists in their own right.  The orchestra performs a repertoire of light classical, Broadway, big band and popular music.  It has entertained audiences at concert halls, county fairs, festivals, schools, and playhouses at many locations primarily in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York.

The Accordion Pops Orchestra performs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. Al Terzo is a teacher, arranger, and conductor who has been with the orchestra since its inception in 1970.  He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, and National Association of Music Educators.  Mr. Terzo serves on the governing board of the American Accordionists Association and is a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild. He is an accomplished accordionist who has performed at the Garden State Arts Center and Newark's Symphony Hall. Currently Mr. Terzo teaches accordion and piano in New Jersey.

For further information and to order:

Titano Accordion Company

Update on the Documentary, "Accordions Rising"

by Roberta Cantow
Accordions RisingTag Line: With a beautiful vengeance!
Log Line:  Accordions have returned, not only with amusement, but with a beautiful, eloquent, haunting, and downright exciting vengeance!

The film will be completed very soon with all of the finishing touches that a professional sound mix and color correction can provide. Once completed, I will be submitting it to film festivals, some of which require premiere status.Only once the film has been accepted for its first exhibition will I be able to sell the DVDs and VODs from the film's website. In the meantime, I am suggesting that as many people as possible visit the website and join the mailing list.

The more that I can demonstrate to prospective distributors that interest in the film does exist, the more likely it will be that I can secure formal distribution. (Doing this implies no obligation on your part, but
may help the film out in the world).

You can also provide meaningful support by "liking"  the film on Facebook:

You may also request an invoice for a Pre-Release DVD Copy by writing to me at: Purchases made in this way will continue to serve the fund-raising needs of the project.Additional options for contributions and perks  are still active on the website:

Short Synopsis:
Accordions Rising Is a documentary feature film (1:20) about the resurgence of interest in accordion music over the last 30-40 years. 
Although many continue to see the accordion as the stodgy instrument of a bygone era - and accordion jokes abound – this film sets the record straight.

The film is the story of the variety, diversity and extraordinary virtuosity of the instrument and the music that it can make. Touching on its history but focusing on the present, the film offers entertaining and conversational style interviews, anecdotal commentary and both formal and informal music performance examples from celebrated accordionists, composers and bands working and performing in America today.

The film provides quite a tapestry of fascinating individuals, their attitudes, deep passions, and above of all else, profound dedication to the instrument. We learn that though still a rebellious lot, these music makers have an audience, in fact, in some of the hippest hide-a-ways and most sought after mainstream venues. 

The film makes clear that the so-called “accordion world” is actually a curious continuum that includes everything from whacky and kitsch to sophisticated, serious, 
meditative and post modern.

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Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini Upcoming Performances

by Kevin Friedrich
Mario Tacca and Mary ManciniHighly acclaimed vocalist Mary Mancini and International Champion accordionist Mario Tacca are highly sort after musicians who have performed around the world from Europe to China and throughout the United States. 
On August 30, 2015, they performed in New York state, at a special concert 'International Heritage Through Music' for the 150th Anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill.

On September 11, Mary and Mario will return to the Bean Runner Cafe in Peekskill for a show from 8:00-10:00 PM.  The Bean Runner Cafe features live music every weekend, and are delighted to present Mario and Mary as they perform all styles of music from Broadway to Pop and Opera.  Through their diverse array of live music, the Bean Runner is now considered one of Westchester's hottest Jazz and live music venues.  Visit for more info on reservations.
Mario Tacca, a Board of Director for the AAA, was born in Italy. During his childhood, his family moved to the Alsace Lorraine region of France where he began his musical studies.  This is where his love and intense desire to play the accordion began. He loved the sound! He would pick up the accordion and imitate some of the songs his mother used to sing. The desire and love never diminished, despite having to walk three miles weekly to his teacher with his instrument strapped to his back!
While in France, he was the winner of many regional and national accordion competitions. He went on to become a world champion, winning the World Cup of Italy, the Grand Prix of Paris, the US National Competition and the International Accordion competition held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mario Tacca dazzles audiences across the US and around the world with his outstanding virtuosity and his exciting interpretations of international music, the classics and pop. 

Mario has recently been seen on MTV in a commercial for a pilot Italian Food program.  Also, he was seen on the Food Network in a commercial for “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” His latest recording, “Journey Through the Classics” features great melodies from the Classic Repertoire. 
Internationally acclaimed vocal artist Mary Mancini has been featured in the New York Times, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, and the Journal News and has performed in a variety of venues around the world.  Able to sing in eight different languages, Mary draws from a deep repertory reservoir.  She is adept at pop, show tunes, operatic arias, and sacred music and has received worldwide acclaim.  Le Republicain Lorrain, in Alsace-Lorraine, France, writes that the “purity of her voice, the ease with which she interpreted the most difficult pieces showed that she is a great artist.”  The Spring City Evening News in Kunming, China, writes that “audiences were greatly impressed by Mary Mancini’s singing ability…Through her music, we see her heart is smiling.”
Mary has headlined numerous concert halls and festivals in North America, Europe, and China. She has performed at the Garden State Arts Center, Resorts International Casino Hotel, Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in CT.
As a dynamic and popular performing duo, they have completed two concert tours of China.  As guests of the China Ministry of Culture, they toured five cities in three weeks and performed with three symphony orchestras.  Joining them on their tour was highly acclaimed Chinese tenor, Douglas Song.  In addition to performing with the Symphony Orchestras, some of the most memorable moments included a performance held at the 1600 seat True Color Jazz Supper Club in the booming city of Shenzhen and in the 3500 seat Golden Opera House.
In addition to a busy concert schedule, Mary and Mario have just released their latest duet CD, “Ricordi", a collection of Italian melodies, featuring Mary and Mario in duo as well as Mario as a soloist.

Additional upcoming performances this Fall, include:
September 16 & 17at Ehrhardt's in Hawling, PA (11:30 AM Luncheon Show), September 23 & 25 at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ (11:30 AM Luncheon Show featuring Allegria - Mary, Mario and Tenor Rinaldo Toglia)
October 23 at the Italian Culture & Heritage Celebration in Centereach, NY at 7:00 PM where Mary & Mario perform again with Rinaldo Toglia in a Night of Song and Comedy. For reservations, please call Luisa Potenza 631-589-6634.

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Ron Borelli to Perform for the San Francisco Accordion Club

by Rita Barnea
Ron BorelliAccordionist Ron Borelli will perform for the SFAC (San Francisco Accordion Club) on September 20, 2015. The concert will be held at the OYSTER POINT YACHT CLUB, 911 Marina Blvd.,South San Francisco.

Ron Borelli, pianist and accordionist, performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist or with his combo. Ron has played for hundreds of venues and special occasions including San Francisco’s Bimbo’s 365 Club, the Fairmont and St. Francis Hotels, the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony and the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, to name just a few.

His expansive repertoire includes American standards, jazz standards, European continental, opera, classical, motown and classic rock and roll.

The San Francisco Accordion Club is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization whose purpose is to enhance, promote and stimulate an appreciation for the accordion within the membership and throughout the general public.

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Brews and Bellows Come Together for the Big Squeeze and Beer Tasting Festival

by Jill Lloyd
(Costa Mesa, CA-September 1, 2015) Themed “Brews and Bellows” the 7th annual Accordion Festival aka The Big Squeeze returns Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa and brings together accordion playing and a beer tasting experience via the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Experience.

Accordion based bands and soloists will show off the diversity of the squeezebox and its versatility in a variety of music genres in concerts and performances during the Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Headlining the Festival at 2:45 p.m. is the high energy country band with a Cajun twist, the Doo-Wah Riders. The five member band led by Kenny Lee Benson on accordion, who also does vocals, keyboard and harmonica, have been performing for over 35 years and have appeared in concert with many top names including Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, the Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton and many more.

The Doo-Wah Riders recorded with Byron Berline on his Grammy nominated CD, "Fiddle and a Song". The band appeared in the movie “Basic Instinct”, starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone and was featured doing one of their own songs, "Glowing in the Ashes". They appeared on TNN's "Prime Time Country" and on the prime time television Dick Clark Production "Will You Marry Me?"

Kicking off the band performances is the Celtic group, The Ploughboys with Mark Romano on accordion, returning for a second year and also the house band at the Scottish Pub Tam O'Shanter Inn in Los Angeles, at 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cajun and zydeco band, Bonne Musique Zydeco, with L.A.‘s Accordion Diva Gee Rabe on the squeezebox, will follow at noon to 12:45 p.m.

Tex-mex band Los Fabulocos with Jesse Cuevas on accordion take the stage at 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

In the Samuel Adams Beer Tent, Jim Gilman und Der Burgermeisters will entertain with traditional Oktoberfest music and other popular songs in several sets throughout the day starting at 10 a.m.

On another stage, Borsini Accordions will be presenting a slate of solo performers and presentations including How to do a One Man Band with an Accordion, Accordion Building Secrets and the Scoop on Accordion Appraisal. Soloists include Gail Campanella, Lou Fanucchi and Jeffrey Iacono. There is also an open jam at 3:30 p.m. in which the public is invited to participate. The public can also bring accordions for free appraisals.

Strolling accordion players include Doug Lacy as the Buccaneer Accordionist and Bryan Olgin as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Accordionist.

Gourmet food trucks including Dogzilla, Baby’s Burgers and Grilled Cheese Truck will be serving up special menu items in addition to their regular bill of fare.

While squeezing in the entertainment, beer connoisseurs can take in the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Experience which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers tastings of its seasonal brews and other specialty beers including selections form Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

For the Beer Experience there is a $35 ticket available in advance and includes a free admission to the Festival and The Market Place, along with four 12 oz. beers, Gaslamp Popcorn, a giant pretzel and food item from one of the food trucks.

A Stein Hoisting Contest, with divisions for men and women, will be at 2:15 p.m. Contestants must hold one full 1.5 liter stein with their arm straight in front of them. Prizes for the winners include a 2015 Sun Bicycles Revolutions 24 Beach Cruiser Bike from Jax Bicycle Center provided by Avalon, an Irvine apartment community, and a Samuel Adams glass stein and other merchandise.

Tickets are available at under Samuel Adams Octoberfest Experience & the Big Squeeze.

At the event, the cost for the Beer Experience is $45 and does not include admission.

Non beer tasting attendees can attend the Festival and the OC Market Place for $2 or free admission for children 12 and under and includes access to the Orange County Market Place which features hundreds of swap meet vendors and runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Market Place is located at the OC Fair & Event Center at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

For more information call (949) 723-6660.

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Accordionists and Teachers Guild, 75th Anniversary - USA

by Kevin Friedrich
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Betty Jo Simon and Kevin Friedrich and John Simkus TrioThe Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) celebrated its 75th Anniversary in Lisle (Chicago) from 22-25 July, 2015, attracting attendees from as far away as China, the United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, Canada and throughout the United States. The festival featured a variety of concerts, competitions, workshops, exhibits, a Gala Banquet and a variety of social functions.

Picture left: ATG President Betty Jo Simon and past ATG President Kevin Friedrich, the John Simkus Trio performing at dinner.

The featured international guest artist was Yuri Shishkin from Russia. One of the world's most respected concert artists, Yuri received multiple standing ovations for his outstanding performance. Videos after this article.

The gala concerts profiled some of the most exciting accordionists on the concert circuit today performing a variety of genres. Artists included American Cory Pesaturo and Canadian Michael Bridge who performed as soloists and also in improvised duo, pooling their vast resources of musicianship, Russian guests 'Una Sinistra', the duo of Yulia Amerikova and Alexander Selivanov (videos after this article) and former ATG Executive officer and current American Accordionists' Association President Mary Tokarski.

Jazz artist Frank Petrilli from Los Angeles was joined by guitarist John Chiodini while popular Scottish entertainer Gary Blair took participants through their paces on the dance floor as the event opened with a traditional Scottish Celidh Dance. Milwaukee based concert accordionist, teacher and composer Stas Venglevski presented a variety of his original works including as a soloist and in duo with Joan Cochran Sommers, while Joe Natoli showcased the possibilities of digital technology as it pertains to the accordion.

The UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble performed with Kansas City based Macedonian violin soloist Filip Lazovski and the Jarosh Accordion Ensemble from Calgary performed a variety of works during their matinee concert.

The original music concert featured new works for accordion performed by the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble, Jeff Lisenby, Amy Jo Sawyer and Joe Natoli.

Many of the festival attendees joined forces under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers for the ATG 75th Anniversary Festival Orchestra (picture below) which featured the music of John Williams, the World Premiere of a concerto for accordion and orchestra by Stas Venglevski who was also featured as the soloist, and the magnificent arrangement by ATG Founder Anthony Galla-Rini of Smetana's The Moldau.

Festival participants enjoyed a diverse selection of workshops on topics including History of the Accordion by Helmi Harrington, Ph. D; Rhythms and Harmonies of Bulgarian and Macedonian Folk Music by Joan Grauman; Inexpensive Studio Quality Recording at Home by Joe Natoli; Shortcuts for Sounding Great on the Roland V Accordion and Special Effects on Acoustic Accordion by Michael Bridge; Authenticity of Styles by Cory Pesaturo; Improvising Tools for Teachers and Student Enthusiasts by Gordon Kohl and Capabilities of the modern Accordion: Present and Future by Yuri Shishkin.

Competitions were held in a number of categories, many offering cash awards and were contested by accordionists including young students to adults from China, Canada and the USA.

The well attended festival was a heralded a terrific success, and plans are already well underway for the 76th Competition and Festival to be held in Chicago from July 20-23, 2016. A review of the 75th Anniversary including full competition restults, as well as details on the 2016 festival will be published on the ATG website soon at

Picture below orchestra: Beverly Fess, Joan Grauman and Gary Blair jamming.

A Photo Report, Results and More Videos will be published in next weeks news.
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Video: Part 1. Beautiful Accordion Music at ATG Festival From Russia - USA

by Joan and Dan Grauman
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Yuri ShishkinVideo 1: Yuri Shishkin performs Scheherazade
Video 2: Yuri Shishkin performs Soiree de Vienne
Video 3: Yuri Shishkin performs Rhapsody in Blue

The 2015 Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival, celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary, featured wonderful entertainment. Three of the featured guest artists, Yuri Shishkin and the duo “Una Sinistra”, Alexander Selivanov and Yulia Amerikova traveled from Russia for this event.

These artists presented exciting and diverse programs, yielding multiple standing ovations from a very appreciative audience. Samples of their performances are presented above and below.

Many thanks go to Mike Roche (California) for the professional quality videos, as well as to Bruce Lawrie (Texas), sound engineer and photographer.


Angelica Bargou Passes Peacefully, Virginia Beach

by Harley Jones
AnaPicture above: Faithe Deffner, Pietro 'Lee' Diero, Elsie Bennett and An Bargou
Picture left: Faithe Deffner, Joan Sommers and An Bargou

Around 1960, Angelica Bargou became a trusted life-long friend to the Deffner family and for the next 50 years travelled extensively with Faithe Deffner to accordion events all over the USA and the globe.

Angelica was widely known in the accordion world and being quite a
personality, was well liked and had many accordion friends.

Angelica had recently contracted cancer and became unable to walk, so at 88 years of age she needed care. An's friend Evelyn, in Virginia Beach visited regularly and told An's German family, that An was at peace when she died.

An had told me in a very nice phone conversation recently, that she was "ready", and had enjoyed a "great life".

If you would like to send a note to the family of Angelica Bargou, please airmail her nephew:
Mark Habel,
Dagelfinger Str. 102,
81929 Munich,

AAA Seminars in New York City

by Kevin Friedrich
Dr. William Schimmel"Chock full O’ Learnin’" was the theme of the annual AAA Seminars.  Celebrating the 21st annual production, this highly interesting and educational event took place from August 7th to 9th in New York City.

The annual three day Master Class and Concert Series featured a diverse array of accordion performances from artists such as Dr Robert Young Mc Mahan, Micki Goodman Schimmel, Paul Stein, Will Holshouser, Benjamin Ickies, John Foti, Art Bailey, Doug Makofka, Erica Marie Mancini, and members of the Brooklyn Accordion Club including Mayumi Miyaoka, Peter Flint, Denise Koncelik, and a performing group called Bachtopus.

In addition to accordionists the concerts showcased other instrumentalists such as theremin player Elizabeth Brown, Sho player Michael Dames, a trombonist, violinist, concert pianist, harpist, guitarist and others.
The event included world premieres by Dr. McMahan, Dave Soldier, David First, David Stoler, Elizabeth Brown, Normali Fenn, Peter Flint, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Art Bailey, and works from Dr Schimmel’s new CD: ‘The Theatre of the Accordion’.
The initial intent of the Seminars, starting with the first one back in 1994, was: to build a strong artistic accordion community in the New York area, a community of artists that could communicate on an equal level to the rest of New York’s diverse artistic community, reflected in the event’s workshops and performances. 
Moderator and organizer Dr. William Schimmel states that the Seminars are not just a series of workshops and concerts: "it’s an experience, a total immersion into a weekend where judgements are suspended, competition comes to a halt and the steady flow of ideas can almost make one’s head spin."
For further information on the 2016 event, please email: or visit

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Video: Part 2. Beautiful Accordion Music at ATG Festival From Russia - USA

by Joan and Dan Grauman
Duo “Una Sinistra” of Alexander Selivanov and Yulia Amerikova
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Video 1: Una Sinistra performs Anantango by Gorka Hermosa
Video 2: Una Sinistra performs Marche Miniature
Video 3: Una Sinistra performs Don Rhapsody by Viatcheslav Semionov

Duo “Una Sinistra” of Alexander Selivanov and Yulia Amerikova performing at the 2015 Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival, celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary.

Many thanks go to Mike Roche (California) for the professional quality videos, as well as to Bruce Lawrie (Texas), sound engineer and photographer.

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Composer Seeking Bayanist/Accordionist for "Bayan and Beyond"

by Rita Barnea
Composer Dan LawittsComposer Dan Lawitts is searching for an accordionist/bayanist in the Syracuse/Auburn/Ithaca area who is capable of performing his "Bayan and Beyond" for free bass which Stas Venglevski recorded a few years ago. The performance date is flexible.

You can hear a small sample on:

Dan is timpanist for the Auburn, NY, Chamber Orchestra. Native to Syracuse, New York, and returning to the area only recently, Mr. Lawitts started playing drums in his early teens. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Music Education degree, and did graduate work at the University of Michigan, with a summer at the Berklee College of Music and summers at VanderCook College of Music thrown into the mix.

After five years as a music teacher, Dan left public school teaching (continuing occasional private instruction), returning in the last ten years or so, though he continued performing music in various venues throughout that time.
Employment opportunities led Dan to the Midwest, where his music experiences included performances in community musical productions, community and semi-professional orchestras and concert bands, a Chicago-based society wedding band, as well as various rock/popular music and jazz groups. Dan has performed solos with the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Geneseo University Concert Band, and performed in a duet for the International Saxophone Congress.
Mr. Lawitts became composer-in-residence for the Concord Chamber Orchestra of Milwaukee (for which "Bayan And Beyond" was written) while living in the Milwaukee area, wrote small ensemble works for Milwaukee Symphony’s ACE program (one of which was music for Jerdine Nolan’s Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm—also performed at the 2013 Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival) and arranged works performed by the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet. Additionally, since returning to Syracuse, Dan has had one of his compositions performed by both the Onondaga Civic Symphony and the Cazenovia Community Concert Band’s Brass Ensemble, as well as a new arrangement for that band.

Why was "Bayan and Beyond" composed? The composer said, "How B&B came about was, Janet, the conductor at the time, asked me to consider writing a piece for an upcoming concert featuring Stas. A few days later she set up a meeting for Stas, Janet and myself. I played a midi version of the first half of the first movement for them. They were surprised to hear so much so soon. They liked what they heard, so I soon finished it up and rehearsals began on it right away."

You can reach the composer Dan Lawitts at:,

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Donna Regis Performs in Alte Kameraden

by Rita Barnea
Donna RegisAccordionist Donna Regis from New Hampshire will perform with Al Brogdon (tuba) and Doug Rickard (Guitar/harp and vocals) on September 12, 2015 at the Annual Laconia, New Hampshire Multicultural Festival. Their group, Alte Kameraden which means "Old Comrades" enjoy performing Vokdstumlicha Musik which is German folk music often referred to as "OOm-pah" music.

The trio Alte Kameraden seeks to recreate the comfortable, good-humored feeling of warm ambience and boisterous conviviality – that indescribable experience called die Gemütlichkeit – found in Bierhallen [beer halls] throughout Bavaria and the rest of Germany.

The trio's repertoire includes beloved songs such as Trink, Trink, Brüderlein Trink; Seeman; Annaliese; Einmal am Rhein; Wenn das Wasser im Rhein goldner Wein wär; So ein Tag; etc. – all complemented by the renowned drinking toast: Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit! Alte Kamaraden enjoy presenting music which encourages dancing steps, smiling faces.

Donna Regis is Artistic Driector and Co-Founder of ACCORDIONS NOW! Festival in New Hampshire. She performs solo, in duet and in ensembles. She conducts the ACCORDIONS NOW! Festival Orchestra.

The Festival takes place in Downtown Laconia, New Hampshire in the City Hall parking areas, Rotary Park, the Belknap Mill, the Mall in front of the Soda Shoppe and the Healthlink parking lot.

The Laconia Multicultural Festival is a signature event in the Downtown. celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Laconia and the Lakes Region.The festival highlights the music, arts, crafts and cuisine in honor of this growing diversity.

Authentic artists from cultures represented in the community perform in Rotary Park. In the last thirty years in particular, immigrants and political refugees/New Americans arrived from almost every country in the world. and are friends and neighbors, adding richness to the community.

For more information:
Doug Rickard at or
phone 603-345-4219

The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by famous accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux

Video from the 75th ATG Festival, 60 Years Presentation to Joan C. Sommers - USA

by Harley Jones
Joan Sommers presentation
Joan C. SommersAccordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) 75th Anniversary. This video is the presentation by former CIA President and current CIA Ambassador Kevin Friedrich where he outlines the history of ATG and particularly first ATG competitor to the Coupe Mondiale, Prof. Joan Cochran Sommers.

The video covers in brief an amazing 60 years of contribution starting as ATG competitor then delegate and teacher of US champions, jury member and in recent years, CIA World Accordion Orchestra founder and conductor.

Presented to Joan C. Sommers by the CIA was a hand made and inscribed book by UK delegate Alison Worthington detailing the very significant 60 years of activity within the CIA by Joan Sommers, who is certainly one of the truly amazing accordionists' of the decades.

This well researched speech and presentation for the CIA and ATG by Kevin Friedrich is a historic moment that we have been lucky enough to capture on video.

Many thanks to Mike Roche (California) for the professional quality videos, Dan Grauman for the editing and to Bruce Lawrie (Texas), sound engineer and photographer.

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A Mahler Symphony Squeezed In A Squeezebox, New York

by Rob Howard
Dr. William Schimmel's CDA review by Tom Huizenga for ‘Deceptive Cadence’: “When Gustav Mahler said a symphony "must be like the world. It must embrace everything," I suppose he meant embracing accordions, too.

Gustav Mahler's sprawling Ninth Symphony is a 90-minute journey brimming with the joys of life, haunted by death and with a lot happening along the way. Accordionist William Schimmel has squeezed this immense musical canvas down to just 6 1/2 minutes. That takes some guts.

But as it turns out, Schimmel's performance isn't a stunt. The amount of thought and feeling poured into these fleeting minutes reflects Mahler's bipolar musical personality — jubilant one moment, sorrowful the next.

With fluttering keys and low end exhalations, Schimmel's instrument — a giant Titano Emperor — sighs like a weary beast burdened with the weight of the world. Yet from it flows Mahler's heart-melting opening theme. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis steps in, adding his own dose of nostalgia by riffing on patterns Schimmel created from that gorgeous motif.

Perhaps with tongue in cheek, Schimmel suddenly twists Mahler into a tango and then zeroes in on the bumptious dance from the symphony's second movement. Marsalis returns to cap the piece with another wistful solo.

What would the composer think? Although Mahler never called for an accordion in his symphonies, he did deploy cowbells and mandolins in the service of embracing it all”.

Dr William Schimmel’s new CD, ‘Theatre of the Accordion’, released in July by Roven Records, features solo works written and performed by William Schimmel, and featuring guest artist Wynton Marsalis.

For further information email:

The Art of Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

Video: Stas Venglevski and Joan Sommers Perform Venglevski Works - USA

by Harley Jones

Immediately after the presentation above, the amazing Joan Sommers was on the stage performing with Stas Venglevski.

Video 1: 'Not A Clue' composed by Stas Venglevski
Video 2: 'Prelude and Fugue' composed by Stas Venglevski.

There is also a CD titled Awakening (catalog vstascd05.htm" target="_blank">vstas05eT) featuring compositions of Stas Venglevski performing with Joan Sommers.

Many thanks to Mike Roche (California) for the professional quality videos, Dan Grauman for the editing and to Bruce Lawrie (Texas), sound engineer and photographer.

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Connecticut Accordion Association Invites Musicians to Perform

by Rita Barnea
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The next gathering of the Connecticut Accordion Association will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at Vasi's Restaurant, 1700 Watertown Ave., Waterbury, CT.

“Accordion Plus”open mic event. Any and all musicians welcome to join with an accordionist to perform. $5.00 per person to CAA members. Non members: $10.00 per person.

The Connecticut Accordion Association is dedicated to the promotion of the accordion through all music genres and all variations of accordion instruments welcoming musicians who play all types of accordions....piano accordion, diatonic, chromatic button and more. They invite accordionists at all levels, and people who may not play the accordion, but love to listen.

Connecticut Accordion Association goals are:

* To promote public interest in the accordion through public awareness.

* To hold monthly meetings, workshops, conventions, concerts and other activities throughout the state of CT.

* To act as a resource to provide referrals in accordion instruction, repair, sales and/or trade, sheet music, accessories, etc.

* To network with fellow associations throughout the USA in an effort to provide unity within the accordion world.

RSVP Marilyn at 203-272-1202 by September 25.
Visit the club on the web at

Sounding Out the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux

Video: ATG 75th Anniversary Festival Orchestra in Chicago

by Harley Jones

ATGVideo 1: An Evening at the Cinema
Video 2: The Moldau by Smetana, arranged by Anthony Galla-Rini

Many of the festival attendees joined forces under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers for the ATG 75th Anniversary Festival Orchestra which featured the music of John Williams, the World Premiere of a concerto for accordion and orchestra by Stas Venglevski who was also featured as the soloist, and the magnificent arrangement by ATG Founder Anthony Galla-Rini of Smetana's The Moldau.

Many thanks to Mike Roche (California) for the professional quality videos, Dan Grauman for the editing and to Bruce Lawrie (Texas), sound engineer and photographer.

Tribute Concert to Ilmar Kuljus and More

by Karen Lee, ATG 2nd Vice-President
Ilmar Concert
Ilmar posterOn August 21, 2015, twenty three accordionists and a percussionist gathered before a full house in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spokane, WA, to play a concert in honor of Ilmar Kuljus and his life-time devotion to the accordion and to teaching the accordion.

The core of the orchestra consisted of the Spokane Accordion Ensemble who were joined for this event by several of Ilmar’s present and past accordion students. Ilmar was guest conductor for the evening. The program consisted primarily of Ilmar’s own accordion ensemble arrangements of a wide variety of music. There were also solos by Barry Smith and Sam Thomas as well as a duet by those two fine accordionists.

After the concert, to the delighted surprise of the orchestra members and the audience, soloist Rev. Barry Smith announced that Ilmar would surely remember this August 21st forever, because it was about to become his anniversary.

He then asked Susan Graham to come forward and presided over a lovely wedding ceremony for Ilmar and Susan. Following the concert there was a champagne reception for all in attendance.

Accordion Stolen in Chicago

by Rob Howard
Stolen Accordion
Stolen AccordionA brand new custom 1-row diatonic accordion, made in March 2015, was stolen from the parking lot across the street from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music at 7.45pm on Thursday July 23rd. It was either taken from the car or when put down while paying at the pay box.

The accordion is has a low serial number, and with very few in existence, is virtually one of a kind. The owner is Sean Colledge.

The accordion’s make is L'anse Grise, 1-row, D tuning, black, 4 stops, 2 bass couplers, 4 sets of treble reeds, 2 sets pf bass reeds, serial number #26. It was in a Peavey black nylon gig bag (picture left).

For further information or to contact the owner, email:

Day of the Accordion with Corky Bennett

by Rita Barnea
Day of the Accordion
Corky Bennett is a jazz pianist, accordionist, singer and stand up comic. He is the producer of "Day of the Accordion" which takes place on Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2015, 1-8:30 PM at the North Star House, 12075 Auburn Rd.,Grass Valley, California.

Featured performers will include: Corky Bennett, , Pete Contino, Ron Borelli, The Truccos, Patsy Hannenrink with Emcee Fran Cole. There will be an accordion open jam session and socializing from 1-3 PM. You are welcome to bring your accordion. The concert begins at 3:PM.

The price is $20 for an all day pass. Bring your own food, drinks, and chairs. For further information:

Voci Armoniche

Video: Amy Jo Sawyer and Joe Natoli Perform España - USA

by Harley Jones
Video: From the ATG 75th Anniversary Festival. Amy Jo Sawyer and Joe Natoli perform España, a composition by Amy Jo Sawyer. Amy Jo Sawyer is a prolific composer and arranger of music for accordion solo, duo and larger groups, up to accordion orchestra.

Amy Jo, who is currently Second Vice President of the ATG, has been a very active member of the organization and was its President from 1995-1999. Amy Jo was the ATG representative to the 1956 Coupe Mondiale in Bienne, Switzerland.

Joe Natoli, also a composer and arranger, is a renowned accordionist, who is equally versatile on the acoustic and digital accordion. Joe was the 1972 American Accordionists’ Association United States Champion and represented the AAA at that year’s Coupe Mondiale in Caracas, Venezuela.

Pigini USA distributor Ernest Deffner

Mike Middleton New CD Release and Upcoming Performances

by Harley Jones
Back in Texas CD CoverTexan accordionist Mike Middleton and his group The Middletones have released a new CD titled "Back inTexas" which is available online at: Mike Middleton

Mike Middleton is a semi professional accordionist who performs mainly for local festivals and charity events, performing all styles of international accordion music. The other members of the group are Clayton Capps (tuba), Lance and Mitch Middleton (drums/percussion).

Dr. Mike Middleton is a nuclear medicine physician and Professor of Radiology in Central Texas. He performs mainly on weekends; and a portion of his album sales goes to benefit local charities, including the Scott & White Hospital.

The "Accordion To Mike & The Middletones: Back In Texas" CD tracks are:
01. San Antonio Rose (2:38)
02. Jambalaya (3:42)
03. The Blue Danube Waltz (6:11)
04. The Happy Wanderer (1:46)
05. Jonny Oslo Schottische (2:53)
06. Just Because (2:30)
07. L'Amour Est Bleu (Love is Blue) (3:47)
08. Rangers Waltz (2:35)
09. Peanuts Polka (2:16)
10. Somewhere My Love (3:32)
11. Julida Polka (3:39)
12. El Cumbanchero (3:57)
Bonus Track
13. William Tell Overture - Excerpts (including the Lone Ranger Theme) (4:43)

Upcoming Performances:
5th September, Westfest 2015, 6-8 pm, Fairgrounds of the town of West, Texas.
4th October, 1-4 pm Heritage House Museum Opening, Pflugerville, Texas.
7th - 8th November, Wurstfest 2015!, (7th - 11:30am, 2:10pm, 5:20pm & 8th- 11:30am, 2:30pm) New Braunfels, Texas.
15th November, Wurstfest 2015! (5:20-6:30pm, & 8:30-9:30pm) New Braunfels, Texas.

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Michigan Accordion Society hosts Special Performance in Northern Michigan Wine Country

by Jory Little
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug 31, 2015 — 

"Drink more wine!" yelled Tenor Aaron Caruso. "The more you drink, the better we sound!" 

Members of the Michigan Accordion Society partnered with the Bellini Opera Society to give a special performance at Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, Michigan Sunday that marked the end of the 4th Annual Wine and Opera Festival.  

The performance gave attendees an up close look at the opera by turning Bonobo Winery's 3,500 square foot patio into a stage for the afternoon.

Hundreds of people were in attendance including owner and HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse and wife & Hollywood actress Amy Smart, as well as Brother Todd Oosterhouse and Wife Caroline.

"They give off so much energy and their raw talent is incredible," said Carter. "I am glad we were able to have them perform for us and I can't wait to hear them again next year."

The singers included Tenor/Aaron Caruso, Soprano/Eva Evola, Mezzo-Soprano/Lisa Agazzi and Baritone/Dino Valle. The singers were accompanied by accordion players David Passalacqua and President of the Michigan Accordion Society, Joe Recchia, who are all members of the Michigan Accordion Society.

"The winery itself is a beautiful Hollywood setting," said Dino Valle. "So we wanted to make a Hollywood entrance." Dino and Aaron accompanied by accordion playe r, Joe Recchia, drove into the vineyard in a four wheel drive Jeep while singing to announce their arrival.

The group then gathered on the patio and sang classic opera songs such as "Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen" and Aaron Caruso ended the afternoon by covering Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

This marks the fourth year that the Bellini Opera Society led by President Rosolino Lo Duca and Co founder Dino Valle have been coming to Traverse City to perform opera in collaboration with Silvio "Tony" Ciccone (who's Hollywood Celebrity daughter is Madonna) as well as Mario Tabone.  This year was a tribute to the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini

Looking to the future, the group plans to keep coming back to Traverse City to spread their love of opera. Vineyard Owner, Mario Tabone, says he wants to expand the program into a weeklong event that is composed of different venues including the Traverse City Opera House.

"A problem that we face is that when young people hear the word "opera" they are immediately turned off and that's a major hurdle," said Mario. He hopes that in the future, they can incorporate youth choir groups to learn more about the opera and join in during the festivities.  

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Group Shot Photo:
(Left to right)  Mario Tabone, David Passalacque, Silvio “Tony" & Joan Ciccone, Lisa Agazzi, Dino Valle, Amy Smart, Caroline & Todd, Oosterhouse,  Carson Lynes, Carter Oosterhouse & Joe Recchia 
(front) Eva Evola and Aaron Caruso

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Making the Hollywood entrance with the Jeep into the Vineyard….Dino Valle, Joe Recchia & Aaron Caruso


Kirkland Oktoberfest Sept. 25-27 in Seattle, Washington

by Rita Barnea
Kirkland logoDoppelbock bandThe Kirkland Oktoberfest, Seattle area's largest authentic Oktoberfest tradition, takes place Sept. 25-27, 2015 at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland, WA, 98033. A weekend pass is $25.00. General Admission for one day is $10.00 Purchase before Sept. 25 and save $5 on General Admission.

Kirkland Oktoberfest is a three day authentic München-style Oktoberfest Biergarten. It requires a ticket and you must be 21+ with valid ID. Live German music, traditional foods, games, contests and more are included with your admission ticket.

Kirkland Oktoberfest has excellent authentic German bands with accordionists featuring LIVE on two stages:
• The S-Bahn
• Doppelbock
• The Gordanairs
• Happy Hans
• Smilin' Scandinavians
• Bavarian Biergarten Band

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Creative Director Rob Butcher at 425-456-1111

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Carmen Carrozza Memorial Concert and Dinner October 2-4 in New York

by Rita Barnea
Carrozza Event 2015 Flyer
The American Accordionists' Association (AAA), on October 2-4, 2015, hold the Carmen Carrozza Memorial Concert and Dinner to benefit the Carrozza Scholarship Fund. This event will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Download Carrozza Poster and Reservation Form: 2015Carrozza.pdf

Download Carmen Carrozza Memorial Award Competition Information and Entry: 2015CScholarship.pdf

The Carmen Carrozza Memorial Award Competition will be held during this weekend – a weekend of musical activities highlighting the life of revered accordion artist Carmen Carrozza. It begins with an Open Meeting on Friday evening, an Exhibit of his memorabilia, and a competition where young artists will vie for $6,500 in prizes.

Dr. Joseph Ciccone is chairman of this event which will include a Dinner/Concert on October 4, 2015. The festivities will culminate with a Memorial Concert and Banquet Sunday afternoon – all at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown, NY – Carmen’s home territory.

Performers include: The Connecticut Accordion Orchestra, Linda Soley Reed, Conductor; The “K” Duo with Mary Tokarski & Julie Cardona; Eddie Monteiro & Frank Toscano; Mary Mancini & Mario Tacca; Gia Ciccone; Beverly Roberts Curnow; The Busso Trio; Enzo Pizzimenti & Dominick Karcic; Mary Tokarsk;i Winners of the Carrozza Competiton Dinner; Entertainment provided by Emilio Magnotta and Frank Carozza Group; Performance of Flight of the Angels.

Schedule of events:
Friday, October 2 - 7:00 p.m.
AAA Open Meeting
Saturday, October 3 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Competition
Join us at Westchester’s Fabulous “Blaze” on Saturday evening.
Sunday, October 4 - 12 noon
Carmen Carrozza Memorial Concert and Dinner Westchester Ballroom

Fall Foliage Getaway Package includes:
Saturday night hotel stay (10/3) at Tarrytown Double Tree and 2 Sunday (10/4) concert/dinner tickets $325. Must be booked thru AAA by Sept. 2nd

RESERVE NOW! Donation of $75.00 per person includes dinner and concert if purchased before September 15th, 2015. After September 15th seating will be on a first-come, first served basis at $85.00 per person Children under 10 years of age - $45.00.

Hotel Accommodations at the Double Tree available for Friday 10/2 and Saturday 10/3 at the discounted rate of $172 per night (double, single, triple, quad) Code ACC must reserve on or before Sept. 1st (regular rates during this season are $224).

Hotel Reservations: 914-631-5700 Code ACC - $172 S D T Q (except AAA Getaway Package which must be booked thru AAA)

Make checks payable to AAA and mail to:
American Accordionists' Association (AAA) • c/o Mary Tokarski, President • 15 Maplewood Lane • Northford, CT 06472
Phone/Fax (203) 484-5095
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Milwaukee Accordion Club - ‘Bill Anderson with a Little Bit of Heaven' - USA

by Sherry Huiras, Milwaukee Accordion Club
Milwaukee Accordion Club
Bill AndersonOn Monday, September 28, the Milwaukee Accordion Club meeting has ‘Bill Anderson with a Little Bit of Heaven' as their featured program.

The band became organized when a few musicians gathered in a church in Hartland, Wisconsin about 20 years ago to provide music for special services, with the goal of every performance, being to create a pleasant experience for its audience.

‘A Little Bit of Heaven’ performs a mixture of polkas, waltzes, 2-steps, novelty songs, old favorites and gospel music.

6:30 pm: Performance by club members
7:30 pm: Brief business meeting
8:00 pm: Bill Anderson with a Little Bit of Heaven
Admission is $3 for MAC members; non-members pay $5

Further information about the club at: Milwaukee Accordion Club

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Cody McSherry to Perform for Oktoberfest Concert

by Rita Barnea
Cody McSherry poster
Accordionist Cody McSherry has put a band together, Polterabend, for a one night engagement that is an Oktoberfest concert at Lancaster Catholic High School. The event is a dinner and dance fund raiser for the school's Fine and Performing Arts Department.  While Cody will not be a student there for two more years (he has to finish junior high first!), they already consider him part of their school and bill him as "Class of '21." 

The concert is Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601.
6:30-7:30 PM Light Buffet Dinner
7:30- 9:30 PM Dancing and Dessert
The cost is $15.00 per person. Additional donations will gladly be accepted.
Cody will play accordion and button accordion with Mary Koenig (accordion), Mike Bitts (bass), Corinne Kern (trumpet), Jim Martin (drums), and Al Shulz (piano). The concert is sponsored by Two Dudes Painting Company.

Cody McSherry is twelve years old and entering seventh grade at Resurrection Catholic School. He began his musical studies with piano at age four. Just before his sixth birthday, he learned that his piano teacher, Mary Koenig, played accordion. Upon hearing Mary play, Cody immediately fell in love with the sound of the accordion. He received a small student accordion for his sixth birthday and started lessons.

Not being satisfied with just two instruments, at age seven Cody asked to begin organ lessons. At one of his lessons, Mrs. Koenig demonstrated her button box accordion for Cody, he began button box lessons just after his eighth birthday. In addition to Cody's two hour weekly lesson with Mary, he also takes pipe organ lessons at St. Mary's Church in Lancaster with church organist, Mike Bitts, voice lessons with Michael Popovsky, and violin and saxophone lessons at school.

Cody enjoys performing regularly at Lancaster area retirement communities and local events. He has also performed onstage with the Alex Meixner Band and the Walt Groller Orchestra. He is the youngest member of the Accordion Pops Orchestra in New Jersey under the direction of Al Terzo.

He has competed at the American Accordionists Association Festival the past five years and the Mid Atlantic Music Teacher's Guild competition the past three years. He is a member of the Delaware Accordion Club, Susquehanna Valley Theater Organ Society, and the Reading Liederkranz GTV Edelweiss German dance group.

Cody is a member of St. Mary's Church where he sings in the children's choir, performs with the instrumental ensemble, and is an alter server.

This past May and June, Cody played the role of Gavroche in Dutch Apple Dinner Theater's presentation of Les Miserables, his first professional theater role! Cody has just been cast to play Flick in Dutch Apple's upcoming run of A Christmas Story, the musical. His role is double cast, so Cody will perform in approximately 28 of the 55 shows, which run from November 12 to December 31.

Please contact Tony Brill: 717-509-0310 or Please respond before Friday, October 2.

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Brooklyn Accordion Club Meeting on September 13

by Rita Barnea
BAC LogoThe Brooklyn Accordion Club will hold their meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2-4:PM at 61 Local on 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY. Admission: $3-$5 (Suggested. Pay what you can)

There will be an open mike time. Please email to register.

For further information:

BAC is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administer by Brooklyn Arts Council.


Cajun Music Camp in Rhode Island

by Rita Barnea
Announcement from Local children are invited to participate in the first ever R&R Cajun Music Camp, Sept. 4, 5 and 6, 2015 at the Ninigret Park Picnic Pavilion.

The camp, a music instruction program, is designed for children aged 8 to 18, as a place for them to learn to play, sing and perform traditional Cajun music from “friendly, patient and gifted teaching and playing professionals,” during the annual Rhythm & Roots Festival according to organizers.

Classes will be are offered in traditional Cajun fiddle, guitar and accordion, bass and mandolin. Directed by renowned fiddle teacher, Michelle Kaminsky, teachers will include Andy Stewart teaching fiddle; Jim Joseph, Tim Kness teaching accordion; Mary Jo Slattery and Mark Wholley teaching guitar; Bill Olsen teaching upright bass; Michael Pattavina teaching mandolin, Chris Ash and Pam Weeks. Karen McGrath will serves as the administrator.

The program will culminate with a performance in the dance tent for parents and festival fans on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. when the “Les Jeunes Cajuns” (or students and instructors) play and sing the tunes they have learned during the weekend.

In keeping with the spirit of the Rhythm & Roots Festival, which is committed to keeping traditional Cajun music alive and well in New England, participation in the music camp is free.

Students should plan to participate all three days, including in Sunday’s concert. Children of all playing levels are welcome and will be divided into classes according to their playing ability and comfort level.

Beginning fiddle and accordion students should, at a minimum, be able to play a D or A scale or be able to play a simple song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Guitar and mandolin students should know chords D, E, A and G and be able to change from chord to chord. Students must bring their own instruments, however there will be a few accordions available, but arrangements should be made ahead of time. Participants are urged to bring tuners if they have them and “a cool hat for Sunday’s performance.”

Parents of participants, local and festival patrons) should plan to stay at the picnic pavilion while the academy is in session, so bring a book and your coffee or tea.

For information, call 401-246-2720 or email Michelle at

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Honors Accordion Retreat November 12-17

by Shelia Lee
Honors Accordion Retreat
Announcing a fantastic EXTENDED ACCORDION weekend – with Stas Venglevski, the Russian Accordion Virtuosi Orchestra and Mario Pedone plus many more LESSON/SESSIONS! This will be an ENTENSE HANDS-ON Accordion event! This Honors Accordion Retreat is designed for the advance BEGINNER to High Intermediate Accordionist! AND all other accordionists interested in improving their technique, public performance skills AND participate with an Accordion Orchestra that will be PERFORMING at Jones Hall’s Cullen Theater AND at WURSTFEST – the largest German Festival in Texas!

We are trying to avoid the word WORKSHOP – because these will be LEARNING SESSIONS – with ACCORDIONS ON! Honors Accordion Retreat is designed so that YOU create the schedule you want – based on your availability and budget. If you want to rehearse with the accordion orchestra – plan to attend on half day Thurs, All Day Fri-Sat. Then plan to take the trip on Sunday to the Wurstfest. If you are limited on time – plan to attend on Mon and half day Tues . Or arrive early enough to RIDE WITH US to Wurstfest on Sunday! Follow the schedule and price list at

Honors Accordion Retreat – Houston Texas – Thurs 1 pm Nov. 12, all day Fri. (including an evening Concert.Dance), all day Sat. (including a Master Class by Accordion Virtuosi and Concert), all day Sun – bus trip and performance at Wurstfest, all day Mon with concert, and ending 2 pm on Tues. Nov. 17.

For more information please contact:
Shelia Lee – 281-788-6667 or or

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Brent Buswell in Concert in October

by Rita Barnea
BrentBrent Buswell will perform on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. The concert is sponsored by New Hampshire Accordion Association [NHAA] and Accordion Connection LLC.

Brent Buswell has played the accordion since 1993 and, from a young age, has been recognized as a virtuoso player. He enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including jazz, polkas, Scandinavian, novelty numbers, marches, Christian, and American standards. He especially enjoys playing the music of great accordion composers such as Pietro Frosini, Charles Magnante and Pietro Deiro.

Brent has been a featured artist for many Scandinavian and Finnish events, including the Swedish Midsummer Festival (Cape Cod, Mass.), numerous FinnFunn Weekends, and the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Astoria, Oreg. in 2002 and 2005.

He has been a headline performer for national accordion events. He had the honor of performing at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., with New York accordionist Bert Stromholm. Brent was selected as the 2008 Finlandia Foundation “Performer of the Year,” with more than fifty performances throughout the county, including a featured performance at the 2008 FinnFest in Duluth, Minn.

Brent graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in professional music. During his time at Berklee, he also studied piano, which has become his second instrument.

The NHAA usually meets the third Saturday of the month, but moves to the fourth Saturday in October for this special Brent Buswell event.

A casual jam session from 12:30 PM will, as usual, precede the meeting's start at 1:00 PM with Open Mike. All accordionists, members and non-members, are invited to play – solo, duets, trios, etc. After a brief break, Brent's concert will begin at 2:00 PM. A post-concert reception will follow, with light refreshments. All are invited to attend.

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Site Update and New Arrangement, Clair de Lune by Peter Wilk - Canada

by Harley Jones
Peter WilkPeter Wilk has made available a new arrangement Clair De Lune by Debussy and recorded a video of the arrangement (above). See sample page and to purchase at Catalog: wp507

Peter Wilk has updated his site with sound files for his compositions and arrangements:
View at:
wp501 - Salut d'Amour
wp502 - Ave Verum
wp503 - Nimrod
wp504 - Valse Romantique
wp505 - Happy Poppa Polka
wp506 - Days Gone By
wp507 - Clair de Lune

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Updated Site: Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni Additional Information - USA

by Harley Jones
Evelyn Tiffany-CastiglioniEvelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, accordionist, arranger, professor has updated the information on her site.

Included is the interesting information that the owners of accordion publishing company O. Pagani, Frank and Mary Gaviani were her godparents and that her father, Robert S. Tiffany, Jr. was a student of Frank Gaviani Snr. and became a teacher of the Frank Gaviani Accordion School.

View her arrangements at: Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

ec201 - Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Chorale from Cantata 147)
ec202 - Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus from “The Messiah”)
ec203 - Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”)
ec204 - Pastoral Symphony (from “The Messiah”)
ec205 - He Shall Feed His Flock (Arioso from “The Messiah”)
ec206 - God So Loved the World (Anthem from “The Crucifixion”)
ec207 - Evening Prayer (Treble voice duet from “Hansel and Gretel)
ec208 - Gehet in Alle Welt (Canon for two voices)
ec209 - Cantate Domino (Canon for two voices)
ec210 - If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments
ec211 - The Duke of Kent Waltz
ec212 - Corellian Gigue
ec213 - After the Battle of Aughrim
ec214 - Waltz from Norway
ec215 - Tim the Thatcher
ec216 - Connaught Man’s Rambles
ec217 - Coleraine
ec218 - Indian Point
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