||Las Vegas Convention|
|TAA Wins First Frosini Award|
|Piazzolla Soloists to Perform in Pittsburg|
|Bastille Day - Dallas style!|
|Closet Accordion Players|
|Larry Miller - Bon Tee Cajun Accordions|
|Galla-Rini and his career 'FIRSTS'|
|UMKC begins 40th Anniversary Countdown|
|Mario Tacca hosts Accordion Extravaganza|
|Need a Bandoneon?|
|The Polish Princess|
|Petosa Worldwide News Forum|
|New Accordion Magazine Worth Owning!!!|
|Which piece of music did this come from?|
|Accordion of the Month|
|Just for fun...|
|Music Lessons have Lifelong Value|
|Cajun Music On-line with J. Paul Jr|
|Las Vegas Accordion Convention by Jane Christison|
first International Accordion Convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada,
August 6 - 10, 2000. The convention was such a success that plans for the
second annual event are already in the works. It was truly an international
event with over 248 accordionists from all over the United States, Europe
Accordion enthusiasts had many choices of workshops, masterclasses and demonstrations to attend during the day - sometimes as many as three sessions going on at the same time. Workshops and demonstrations were presented by Gina Brannelli, Gordon Kohl, Larry Pino, Peter Soave, Jane Christison, Paul Pasquali, Arlene Boddicker, Dennis Classick, Steve Albini, Tony Lovello, John Simkus, and Steve Balich. Masterclasses were given by Peter Soave, Jane Christison, Art Van Damme (pictured above with his Trio) and Gina Brannelli.
Luncheon concerts featured Dan and Kim Christian and their daughters, and Mike and Margie Aman and their sons. Herbi of Cafe Ole, an exciting young performer, was also spotlighted during a noon hour concert.
After-dinner concerts were filled with an array of outstanding accordion performers featuring Peter Soave, Julian Labro, Gina & Romany Rye, (pictured on the right) Murl Allen Sanders, Steve Balich, Tony Lovello, Jane Christison, Gordon Kohl, Steve Albini and Max Carl.
The Crystal Frosini Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an accordion club, was won by the Texas Accordion Association. The award was accepted by Barbara Scott, President of the San Antonio chapter of the T.A.A., on behalf of Norman Seaton, president of the Texas Accordion Association.
Congratulations to two convention attendees, Darrell and Denise Collard from California. They skipped dinner one night, hopped in a limo, got married at a wedding chapel and were back in time to attend the evening concert.
Kudos to Paul Pasquali and his capable team of assistants for organizing and hosting this outstanding event! (Pictured here are Frosini Award coordinator Marian Kelly and guest artist Peter Soave)
Be sure to mark your calendar to attend next year's convention. For more information, and the latest in 2001 plans, please visit www.accordioninfo.com/convention
|Texas Accordion Association Wins First Frosini Award|
TAA was the
first winner of the Frosini Award. Fifteen clubs and accordion organizations
competed in this years Frosini Award which was presented to the club/organization
deemed by the adjudicators to be the most outstanding.
The Prestigious Crystal Frosini Award was presented to the Texas Accordion Association (TAA). Barbara Scott (President of the San Antonio chapter) accepted the award in the absence of TAA President Norman Seaton. The judges for this years award were; Art Van Damme, Peter Soave, Arlene Boddicker and Marian Kelly.
The judges stated that the choice was difficult several of the clubs were very close. Honorable mentions goes to the Santa Barbara Accordion Club. Norman Seaton has stated that TAA will encourage its individual chapters to run for the award next year and he encourages all clubs to compete in the awards process.
Pietro Frosini came to America a century ago and promoted the instrument he loved, the accordion. We encourage all clubs to help promote the image and cause of the accordion. For more information on next years award and how your club may enter please contact either Marian Kelly or Paul Pasquali.
The Frosini Award
31 Aliso Way Portola Valley, CA 94028
The Las Vegas Accordion Convention
2330 South Main Street #15
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
801-485-5840 voice - 801-486-1695 recorder
|Piazzolla Soloists Perform in Pittsburgh|
The Piazzolla Soloists from the Czech Republic (guitar, accordion & flute)
will perform a concert in Pittsburgh, PA on September 14, 2000 at 8 PM.
75 people braved the Texas heat on July l4th, 2000, to celebrate the French
Bastille Day Holiday at the home of Texas based French accordionist Frederique
Benavidez (pictured to the left.)
|Closet Accordion Players of America|
Accordion Players of America (CAPA) is an organization of good sports.
They believe that accordionists who can laugh at themselves are more likely
to be taken seriously when they go on to point out what a wonderful instrument
the accordion really is.
|Bon Tee Cajun Accordions|
Miller of Bon
Tee Cajun Accordions was born of predominately Acadian ancestry near
Iota in the heart of the Prairie Cajun region. He grew up speaking only
Cajun French and like most of his age group in the late 30's and 40's,
and had to learn English upon entering school.
|Anthony Galla-Rini and his career 'FIRSTS'|
his lifelong career, Anthony Galla-Rini has had a number of "Firsts"
|UMKC Accordion Orchestra begins 40th Anniversary Countdown|
This year marks the 40th
Anniversary of the University
of Missouri - Kansas City Accordion Orchestra, under the direction
Cochran Sommers. It also marks a milestone in the accordion at UMKC
as Joan Sommers is retiring as Professor of Accordion, a position she
has held since the inception of the accordion program at UMKC in 1961.
accordionist Mario Tacca and his wife, Internationally acclaimed singer
Mary Mancini, will host the Annual Accordion Extravaganza at 2:30 PM at
the Paramount Theater, in Peekskill, NY on Sunday October 15, 2000.
Mary is known and acclaimed for her vocal versatility and command of International Music. Her repertoire includes seven languages and she consistently brings audiences to their feet with her musical interpretations of international favorites to Broadway to opera to the classics and to pop.
Mario dazzles audiences with his unmatched virtuosity on the accordion and his consistently exciting interpretation of music from the International repertoire to the classics to pop. Having won the World Cup of Italy, the Grand Prix of Paris, Mario was also the US National Champion, a title he won while competing in Carnegie Hall, in New York.
In addition to these two world class musicians, the Accordion Extravaganza will showcase The "K" Trio, concert accordionist Carmen Carrozza, and Virtuoso Mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff!
An event not to be missed . . . an afternoon of great accordion entertainment!
Call 203-239-2232 for reservations or visit www.gioiaprod.com for more information.
(Check under the Past News to find a review on their trip to China)
the increasing popularity in the music of Piazzolla, the Bandoneon has made
quite a come back. Many of today's top accordion soloists such as Peter
Soave - USA, Max Bonnay - France and Mika Vayrynen - Finland are doubling
This skill has opened the door to perform with some of the worlds finest orchestras.
Pigini Accordions has unveiled its new Bandoneon, and you can see this on-line at: www.bandoneon-pigini.com. The model L41-33 has 41 reeds in the right hand, 33 in the left hand, measures 25 x 33 cm and weighs in at 5 kg. For more information please contact:
PIGINI srl, via CARLO MARX, 127
P.O. Box 64 - 60022 CASTELFIDARDO (AN) - ITALY
Tel. +39 071 7820301 Fax +39 071-78230
Polish Princess' is how Milwaukee
Accordion Club Entertainment Reviewer Jerry Smeiska described
Lidia Kaminska and her Milwaukee recital!
|Petosa Worldwide News Forum - sharing your views... on-line!|
to the website www.petosa.com will find an interesting means of sharing
ideas, and are invited to join in via the Petosa News Forum.
The forum is very easy to use. All messages are posted, as well as follow up remarks, so you can easily follow ideas and feedback.
So far over 1,000 people have visited the news forum, so why not join in and share your ideas. It is a forum designed to discuss accordion news, trends, likes and dislikes... everything accordion!
|An Accordion Magazine which is a MUST!|
Accordion World Magazine
is an exciting magazine launched in 1993 with four quarterly editions,
and this year, it has grown to bimonthly.
NB: If you have a new composition or recording or item that you would like to let our readers know about, please use the submit form on this site, to provide the relevant information.
|What piece does this excerpt come from?|
Can you identify
where this excerpt comes from? If so, name the piece and composer.
|Accordion of the Month|
This 'player' accordion is part of the incredible collection entitled 'A World of Accordions', located in Duluth, Minnesota. To learn more about this museum, please see the information on the website: www.ameraccord.com.
|Just for fun...|
|Music lessons have lifelong
value for children. Learning to play an instrument helps improve fine-motor
skills and hand-eye coordination. Practicing music requires students to
organize their days to make time for practice... improves abstract thinking
ability.... helps children learn to focus... and enhances aural, tactile,
visual and analytical memory.
Music improves academic performance, too. Both verbal and math SAT scores for students who studied music for four or more years through high school tend to be significantly above average!
from... Keys to Successful Music Lessons by NIKKE LANDRE, PHD (Barron's / $6.95)
|Cajun On-line at J Paul Jr's!|
Paul Jr. & the Zydeco NewBreeds has changed the sound of modern day zydeco
music. They have been called the architect for a new wave of sounds within
the genre. J. Paul can be credited for bringing new audiences to the music
and at the same time keeping traditionalist satisfied with a groove that
is right on time.