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Ksenija Sidorova steals the show @ BBC Last Night of the Proms, London – UK

Ksenija at PromsKsenija at PromsLatvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova made her Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday September 11th, and stole the show at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert. Early in the evening she was interviewed by the presenter Katie Dereham, about herself, her music and the accordion.

Ksenija gave commanding performances that entranced the full house audience and the millions watching worldwide on television – a truly great advertisement for the accordion.

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Guardia Nueva 20th Jubilee Celebrations, Kokkola - Finland

Guardia Nueva, Musical Director Raimo Vertainen
20th Anniversary PosterGuardia Nueva turns 20 years old. This very successful orchestra directed by Raimo Vertainen, celebrates its 20th Diamond Jubilee anniversary by making five different concerts that showcase the multidimensionality of the orchestra, the main concert being on 19 February, 2022.

18 September 2021, Astor Piazzolla solo concert at Konservatorio
08 October 2021 Guardia Nueva Concert for elderly and those in service homes. Sold out.
11 December 2021 Guardia Nueva featuring Vivaldi - The Four Seasons with guests, dance and animations

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Guardia Nueva

Sofia Ros Gonzalez Performs at Prize Winners Concert, Vienna - Austria

Vienna venue
Sofia RosBrahms HallSofia Ros Gonzalez (Spain) won the 1st Wind Virtuoso Category: Musikverein of the 3rd Vienna International Music Competition with categories for all musical instruments, voice and chamber music. Winners list: 2021Wien

Sofia performed at the Vienna International Music Competition prize winners concert, held at the Brahms Hall (picture right), Musikverein in Vienna, Austria on September 10th, 2021.

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Vienna venue

Sini Ström Performs Two World Premieres - Finland

Sini StrömRBuilding, HelsinkiAccordionist Sini Ström will play a solo recital, which will include two world premieres, at The Concert Hall in R-house, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki on September 20th, 2021 at 6pm Finnish time.

The pieces to be premiered are an accordion solo “Abracadabra” by Sebastian Dumitrescu and a ground breaking chamber music piece “Nocturne” for accordion and eight singers by Tommi Paavilainen.

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“Flogging Molly” 2022 Salty Dog Cruise - USA

Cruise poster
“Flogging Molly” will hold their next Salty Dog Cruise from March 28th to April 1st, 2022. The 4 day floating festival will take place on the cruise ship “Norwegian Pearl”, which will sail from Miami to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.

The festival will include a variety of concerts, on-board activities, a skate ramp with pro skaters and tattoo artists.

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Stockport Accordion Club Broken Cross Concert, England – UK

Pearl Fawcett-AdrianoThe annual Stockport Accordion Club concert in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice takes place at the Broken Cross Club, Broken Cross, Macclesfield, England on September 26th at 2pm.

Performers include the Stockport Accordion Band, Accordion Spice (picture below), Helen Rich, All Scotland Champion Walter Perrie, and special guest World Champion Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (picture left).

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Accordion Spice

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Friedrich Lips Performs in Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Friedrich LipsThe European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) in partnership with SAMIT Event Group, launched the first edition of the Middle East Classical Music Academy (MECMA) in Dubai from September 4th to 23rd, 2021

Friedrich Lips was invited to take part in the first performance of the composer in residence, Alexey Shor, at the Music Hall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel in Dubai on September 10th.

Lips performed “Carpe Diem” for bandoneon (bayan) with the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valid Agayev.

The three week event will include a number of concerts, courses, lectures, seminars, and masterclasses set to be led by a roster of globally distinguished musicians and music pedagogues.

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Future events

"Beltango Quinteto" Performs at Festival de Tango – Germany

Tango fest poster
Beltango Quinteto will perform at the Festival de Tango in Schwerte, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany this weekend.

The festival, which will include a variety of dancing, milongas and workshops, will be held on September 18th and 19th, 2021.

Beltango Quinteto (which includes bandoneonist Aleksandar Nikolic) will perform at a live Milonga on September 18th from 7.30pm.

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New and Updated Sites

Franck Angelis Mise à jour du site MusicForAccordion.com - Internet

Franck AngelisLe site de Franck Angelis a eu des informations sur sa composition Pékin 2011 mises à jour avec :

Nouvelle vidéo de la Coupe Mondiale au Canada, où les compositeurs sélectionnés ont été invités à présenter leur 'Original Solo Work' (composée en 2012/2013), qui sera interprétée à la Coupe Mondiale pour la première fois, par l'artiste de leur choix.

Tian Jianan a interprété l'œuvre et l'œuvre a remporté le prix de la meilleure œuvre solo originale à la Coupe mondiale 2013. Vidéo en ligne sur : ang567 avec des extraits de la partition.

et vidéo de Franck Angelis lors d'un séminaire en Chine expliquant en détail chaque mouvement de Pékin 2011 avec Tian Jianan en spectacle.

ang568 Spleen a une vidéo d'Anna Kryshtaleva jouant le premier concert.

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Now in Russian, German and Spanish, Friedrich Lips 2021 Interview by Herbert Scheibenreif, Moscow - Russia

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Prof. Friedrich LipsDr Herbert ScheibenreifThe amazing stellar career of Prof. Friedrich Lips as a performer, professor, author, arranger is well known around the world.

The interview is now online in Russian, German and Spanish.

He was originally interviewed in 1999 and now 22 years later, on the occasion of the publication of Lips CD030 Double Mirror, Moderator: Dr Herbert Scheibenreif interviews him again.

The co-operation between Prof. Friedrich Lips and Dr Herbert Scheibenreif has now produced an incredible 30 CD's for the accordion world.

View the 2021 Interview,
English: Lips2021
Deutsch: Lips2021-de
España: Lips2021-es
Russian: Lips2021-ru

Original 1999 Interview at: Lips1999

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Kevin Friedrich sort son CD 'Reflections' - USA

Reflections CD cover by Kevin Friedrich
Kevin FriedrichL’accordéoniste basé à New-York Kevin Friedrich a récemment sorti un CD de ses performances lives intitulé “Reflections” Catalogue : friedrich02.

Pour Kevin :”Tout au long de ma carrière d’accordéoniste j’ai eu la joie de produire un éventail de transcriptions musicales mettant en valeur le génie des grands maîtres tels que Jean-Sébastien Bach au travers de la création d’œuvres originales pour l’accordéon.

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