|Welcome to the US National Accordion News "ACCORDION USA" for May 2000|
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|Welcome to the US National News|
||Henry Doktorski Performs Piazzolla|
|UMKC Accordion Orchestra in Concert|
|Jason Stephen On Tour in Texas|
|World Champions in Paris|
|Accordionist in Off Broadway Show, NY, NY|
|International Piano Accordion Class Added|
|Robert Davine Honored with Award|
|$1000.00 First Prize!|
|Cotati Accordion Festival|
|National Accordion Month - June|
|New Accordion CD's Worth Owning!!!|
|Where in the World Are You?|
|Accordion of the Month|
|2000 - The Year Ahead|
|Sam McGhee Wows Bronco Fans|
|Bayanist Receives Scholarship|
|Peter Slominsky in Concert|
|Welcome to the United States National News|
Welcome to the United States
National Accordion News, 'Accordion USA' for April 2000.
|Henry Doktorski Performs Piazzolla|
| Concert accordionist Henry
Doktorski performed Piazzolla's "Adios Nonina" with pianist Natasha Snitkovsky
at the City Music Center's Annual Year-End Extravaganza held on May 7 at
Duquesne University School of Music Recital Hall. Both performers are faculty
members at the City Music Center, Pittsburgh's largest community music school.
Other performers included violinist Peter Snitkovsky, baritone Dennis Bender, guitarist Mark Wilson, soprano Mary Catherine Dykhouse, violist Peter Guroff and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra directed by Augustine Martinovic. In attendance was Duquesne University dean, Michael Kumer, as well as other dignitaries from the Pittsburgh classical music scene.
|UMKC Accordion Orchestra In Concert|
UMKC Accordion Orchestra presented its 39th Annual Spring concert, April
30th in White Recital Hall at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
|Search Finalist - Jason Stephen to Tour in Texas|
Stephen, was a finalist in the AAA's Search for the Hottest Accordionist
Contest in Branson, Missouri in 1999, the National Jazz Champion for the
AAA in 1998 & 1999, and the 1999 A.T.G. Virtuoso Entertainment Champion.
Jason went on to compete at the Confederadtion Internationale des Accordeonistes
World Accordion Championships Entertainment Category, held in Trossingen
where he attained a reputable 8th place.
| At a recent concert at the
Paris Conservatory Of Music-CNSM, Geir Drugsvoll, Myriam Bonnin and Peter
Soave performed a program of original compositions with various instrumental
combinations featuring the bayan and bandoneon.
Peter Soave (A.T.G. World Champion) performed Astor Piazzolla's "5 Tango Sensations" with the Conservatory String Quartet. The capacity audience included famous French accordionist Marcel Azzola and other former CIA Coupe Mondiale winners: Frederic Guerouet and Max Bonnay.
Soave will be the "sole" musician in the off Broadway production of "EUYRIDCE:
LEGEND OF LOVERS" by Jean Anouilh; presented by the Storm Theatre, May 9th
- June 3rd (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday
at 8:00 PM.
The Studio Theatre is located at 145 W 46 Street (1/2 block east of Broadway) New York, NY. Peter will be performing on both bayan and bandoneon.
For further information and for tickets please contact: (800) 965-4827 or visit http://www.stormtheatre.com
Organization of the United Kingdom will host an International Piano
Accordion Competition as part of the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships
in London, 2001. Guidelines for the competition are as follows:
|Robert Davine Receives Distinguished Teaching Award|
accordionist and educator Robert
Davine received the "Distinguished Teaching Award" from the University
of Denver where he is a faculty member. This prestigious annual award cites
excellence in teaching. Davine recently returned from Budapest, where he
completed arrangements for a Faculty Exchange Program between the Franz
Liszt Music School (Budapest) and Lamont College of Music at the University
Professor Davine is about to conclude his compilation "A Bibliography of Music for Accordion with Other Instruments," which will be published later this year in "The Free Reed Journal," edited by Professor Allan Atlas of the Music Department of City College of New York.
This project required six years of intense research at the Indiana University and the University of Denver libraries, the Library of Congress, as well as libraries and music information centers in England, Sweden and Norway. The Bibliography will contain over 600 entries, which will assist accordionists who are searching for such literature!
Worldwide interest is being
generated for the A.T.G.
Virtuoso Entertainment Competition, offering a first prize of $1000.00,
second prize $500.00 and third prize of $250.00, which will be held at
the A.T.G. Competition and Festival in Chicago this summer from July 20-23,
|Cotati Accordion Festival|
year will celebrate the 10th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival.
Held in the northern Californian town of Cotati from August 26-27th, the festival attracts in excess of 10,000 people who gather to enjoy a weekend of nonstop accordion music of every style, exhibits, workshops, polka dancing and other fun.
The festival is held at the La Plaza Park in the downtown Cotati Hub and the gates open at 9:30 AM, with performances beginning at 10:00 AM.
For further information, please visit www.cotatifest.com
|National Accordion Month - June|
| In the celebration of National
Accordion Awareness Month (June), San Francisco will be celebrating its
Day of the Accordion on Sunday, June 18th, 2000.
This day-long event will be held at the historic Cannery which is located at Fisherman's Wharf and will feature many of the Bay Area's best soloists and bands. Rock, jazz, zydeco and of course, the Squeegees-the Bay Area's hardest working polka band. Best of all it's free!
For more information about Day of the Accordion, contact All Thing Accordions' Tom Torriglia at (415) 440-0800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wisconsin Hosts Annual Accordion Jamboree|
|The 22nd annual Rudy Burkhalter
Accordion Jamboree was held on April 30th in Waunakee, Wisconsin.
The annual event, which was started 22 years ago by the late accordionist and teacher Rudy Burkhalter is open to accordionists, concertina, button box and bayan players.
|Illusions - Original Accordion Compositions by Stas Venglevski|
artist Stas Venglevski
has released a new CD entitled "Illusions".
Lindy's Song (Duet), (02) Always and Eternity (Duet), (03) Let's Play
To order this exciting new CD, simply visit: www.accordions.com/stas
|Where in the World is this?|
With still no correct entries, we will extend this for another month, to give someone the chance to win the 'hottest' CD around! Don't be shy, JUST GUESS!
To help you out a little, we'll give you another clue, in addition to the fact that it is NOT in the USA and he stands approximately 30 feet tall! You will NOT find him in Asia, South America, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Americas or the UK.
To submit your answer, please click on 'Submit Form' heading (located under the Clubs/Associations section on the left hand index) to tell us your answer. Include your name, address and e-mail address, and tell us where you think this is found.
All correct entries will go into a drawing, and the lucky winner will receive a copy of the wonderful CD "Grain de Fantaisie" by current World Accordion Champion, Jerome Richard, from France.
|Accordion of the Month|
This Uniform Keyboard instrument
can be found at the World of Accordions Museum in Duluth, Minnesota.
|2000, the Year Ahead|
|This year will offer a feast
of accordion activities, festivals and conventions including such events
as The American Accordionists'
Association and The Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International conventions in July, the new Accordion
Convention in Las Vegas, and the annual Cotati Accordion Festival, both
held in August.
The Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships will be held in Kragujovac, Yugoslavia from October 25-30th, 2000. American citizens wishing to compete in any of the four categories (Senior/Junior Coupe Mondiale and Senior/Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Divisions) should contact the American Accordionists' Association and the The Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International for entry details.
(For further information, or to list your event, please consult the monthly calendars for exact dates and contact details.)
'Young America' Accordion News
|Sam McGhee Wows Bronco Startsearch Fans|
City accordionist Sam McGhee received 1st Runner Up at the recent 'Bronco
Starsearch' in Kansas City, which was sponsored by Bronco Smart, "A
Drug and Alcohol Free Organization."
One of 21 contestants, Sam performed to standing room only audience at Lee's Summit North High School. The audience made up of peers, parents and distinguished Kansas City area musicians, gave Sam the only standing ovation of the evening.
It was encouraging to see the students so excited about the accordion as it was lined up against other contestants competing as vocalists, dancers and pop bands. The Starsearch was won by fellow students competing as a Dance Troupe.
Last year, Sam, a student of Joan C. Sommers, won the 15 years and under Championship class at the A.T.G. National Competition and Festival in Branson, Missouri, and this year will be competing in the A.T.G. Virtuoso Entertainment Category in Chicago.
|Portland Bayanist Receives Scholarship|
Fehr of Portland, Oregon has been awarded a full scholarship to study
Bayan Performance at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Following
an hour-long audition on March 21st which focused on bayan, but also included
piano, voice, flute, theory, and ear training, sixteen-year-old Fehr was
informed of the award which is the first ever given to an American bayanist.
|Peter Slominski Plays with Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra|
|Canadian accordionist Peter
Slominski is scheduled for another performance with the Saskatoon Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of Earl Stafford. This concert will be held
in conjunction with the second annual Saskatoon New Music Festival and will
feature five tangos by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Stafford.
Following the success of their tango ensemble's recent performances, their repertoire is being expanded and future appearances will include concerts in surrounding areas. Peter received his Bachelor of Music degree in Accordion Performance in 1974 at the University of Missouri where he studied with Professor Joan Cochran Sommers.