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  Lithuania Celebrates World Accordion Day
The Kaunas Accordion Society (KAS) Celebrated World Accordion Day featuring performances with CIA 2008 Coupe Mondiale Champion Vladislav Pligovka.
Vlad Pligovka, Augustinas Rakauskas, Grazina Lukosiene (KAS president)

The Kaunas Accordion Society (member of CIA), President Grazina Lukosiene, in cooperation with the Kaunas National Philharmonic, organised two spectacular and outstanding concerts that were dedicated to World Accordion Day, May 6th.

During the first concert on May 2nd the international performer and winner of the 2008 Coupe Mondiale Vladislav Pligovka (left) premiered M. Majkusiak‘s concerto for accordion and orchestra ‘Concerto Classico’, performing with the Kaunas based National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Modestas Pitrenas).

On the May 5th Vladislav Pligovka presented his own, solo repertoire playing a concert of classical, original and variety music.

During the second part of the concert the whole audience paid close attention to the extreme jazz trio under the leadership of Arnas Mikalkenas‘ – composer and accordion performer, Nerijus Ardzevicius (bass guitar) and Arvydas Joffe (percussion, drums). The instrumental band presented original free-jazz style program, which has been created on the purpose of World Accordion Day.

The concert achieved a resounding success – demonstrating the accordion‘s vast potential.
Vlad Pligovka and Faustas Labanauskas (youngest player in KAS)
Mindaugas Labanauskas (KAS Vice President), Vladislav Pligovka (2008 Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Champion) and Arnas Mikalkenas
The Arnas Mikalkenas Jazz Trio
For further information e-mail KAS Vice President Mindaugas Labanauskas:


What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
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Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - General Secretary

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