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2018 National Accordion Asssociation (NAA) Convention, Texas - USA

2018 National Accordion Convention
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Richardson, TX USA
March 7 - 10, 2018

2018 Featured Artists range from New Zealand to Scotland and many points in between. Below is the pictures of all the Performers and Presenters. The names and further information are on the NAA site.

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2018 Presenters and Performers

Entry Closing Date: 55. International Accordion Competition Klingenthal 2018 - Germany

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International Accordion Competition Klingenthal bookletMayor of Klingenthal Thomas Hennig & Jörg KünzelEntry closing date is 31st January 2018 for the 55th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal which will be held from the 29th April to 5th May 2018.

The event features:
- International competition categories for soloists and groups, for concert and entertainment music, for children through to open categories.

Full competition rules and category information, entry forms at: 2018Kling.pdf

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First News for PIF 2018 International "Città di Castelfidardo" - Italy

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Renzo Ruggieri2018 Artistic Director Renzo Ruggieri has released the first news for the 2018 PIF International "Città di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize.

Composition Category:
The winning work will become the obligatory test piece of the third round of the Premio category 2018. In order to encourage the creation of new repertoire for accordion, composers are invited to write a work for accordion solo with string orchestra, to which it is possible to add a Piano and a Percussionist.

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John Torcello and the LA Philharmonic New Music Group

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John TorcelloAccordionist John Torcello will perform with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group under the direction of Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki in the Green Umbrella series directed by John Adams, which promotes original works, on Tuesday January 23 at 8.00 PM at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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Future events of Friedrich Lips, 2018 - Russia, Austria

Friedrich LipsSome of the future events of Friedrich Lips for 2018:

09 January, Concert in La Valletta (Malta)

17 - 23 February, Master class and concert in Sochi

09 -12 March, Head of jury at the Pletnyev competition in Kasan

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

Just Released: New Friedrich Lips Book - Germany

Cover of The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion"The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion" by famous Prof. Friedrich Lips will soon be available. The high-quality content corresponds to the outward appearance of the book: typographically lavish with finest Italian paper, thread-stitching, laminated softcover with double flap and exclusive design – worthwhile, treasured.

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New and Updated Sites

Мика Вяйренин 2018 Интервью знаменитостей, Хельсинки – Финляндия

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Mika VäyrynenCelebrating his 50th Birthday year, renowned Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen performed a series of World Premieres and works by Finnish Composers in the latter part of 2017.

Read the Mika Väyrynen Celebrity Interview at: VäyrynenInterview

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Updated: Banners Page, Books (text) Available on MusicForAccordion.com

BannersA large range of books (text) is advertised on the updated books (text) banners page.

Books about:
Accordion Repairs
Accordion Construction and Sound
Accordion Performance
Improvisation
Play Your Accordion Without Pain
and so many other topics.

View the page at: MFA-Banners

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Renzo Ruggieri Updated: Accordion Kids (ten pieces) eBook - Italy

Accordion KidsRenzo RuggieriRenowned accordionist, teacher and composer Renzo Ruggieri has updated his eBook (.pdf file able to be sent to you by email) titled Accordion Kids Catalog rrenzo512

Renzo Ruggieri writes: "Accordion Kids features progressive songs for young accordion students. From first notes, to small imitations of animals, to singular genres such as Disco, Baroque and Blues. The use of the left hand loses regularity in the accompaniment (march / waltz / tango) to bring the young player closer to the new rhythms of the present times."

Price is only 10 Euro (or USD$ equivalent) for these exciting young childrens compositions that are a "must have", for every teacher of young children. Available online at Catalog: rrenzo512

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New: Franco Cambareri New Works for 2018 - Australia

Franco CambareriPopular accordion composer Franco Cambareri releases three new works for 2018.

cfranco235 - Saltarella Calabrese (Shepherd's Dance)
cfranco236 - Tango for Lovers
cfranco237 - Via Treistzza

Further information and sample pages of music online. Purchase with Paypal or credit card.

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2018 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival Prospectus – New Zealand

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NZAA posterThe Prospectus (Rules and Regulations) for the 2018 South Pacific Accordion Championships & Festival, to be held in Auckland on Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June 2018, are now available at: 2018 NZ Prospectus

The rules for the international categories closely follow the rules of the Coupe Mondiale. The South Pacific international concert music category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Masters category and the South Pacific entertainment category has exactly the same rules as the Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment category.

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