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  New Zealand Celebrates World Accordion Day
Accordion teacher at the Auckland University Conservatory of Music, Stephanie Poole performed with the Bach Musica on May 23rd, 2010.

Held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland at 5 PM to a capacity audience, the concert theme was Music and Dance, which featured two Piazzolla Tangos on the program, 'Invierno Porteno' and 'Otono Porteno.' To compliment the Tango works, the concert featured Mary Jane O’Reilly who mesmerised the audience with her dancing during the tangos.

Accordionist Stephanie Poole performed the bandoneon parts, first accompanying the choir then performing as soloist with the Bach Musica. Founded in 1977, Bach Musica is a choir and orchestra specialising in music of the Baroque and Classical periods, and how become widely recognised as one of New Zealand's premiere Baroque ensembles.

Stephanie Poole (nee Grey) was born in Auckland and has been a prolific winner of competitions in New Zealand, including three times winner of the New Zealand Solo Accordion Championship. She was principal accordionist with the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra which toured extensively through Europe, the United States and China. Stephanie has taught a number of New Zealand’s top accordionists and is currently the accordion teacher for the University of Auckland’s Bachelor of Music (Accordion Performance) program.

Pictured below are Stephanie Poole (accordionist), Mary Jane O'Reilly with the Bach Musica at the conclusion of the performance.

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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