|Austria||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Canada|
|Italy||New Zealand||North Macedonia|
|United States of America|
|Date:||30. Mai - 2. Juni. This event is normally held in mid May on the dates of a national holiday weekend. In 2019, the weekend is at the very end of May.|
|Contact:||www.harmonikaverband.at or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
Harmonika-WM 2019 in St. Peter-Freienstein! Svetovno prvenstvo 2019 ! - Austria
Dieses Grossereignis der STEIRISCHEN HARMONIKA wirft seine Schatten voraus!
Etwa 400 Spieler werden bei der HARMONIKA-WM und den ÖSTERREICHISCHEN STAATSMEISTERSCHAFTEN ihr Können zeigen. Es kommen Kandidaten aus ganz Europa, sogar Norwegen, die Ukraine, die Slowakei usw. sind vertreten!!! Sind Sie doch ein Teil der begeisterten Zuhörer und freuen Sie sich auf tolle Leistungen auf diesem diatonischen Instrument. Alle Details auf www.harmonikaverband.at !
Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch in St.Peter-Freienstein. Mit harmonischen Grüssen Gottfried Hubmann und Werner Weibert
Harmonica World Championships 2019 in St. Peter-Freienstein! Svetovno prvenstvo 2019! - Austria
This major event of the Styrian HARMONIKA casts its shadow internationally!
About 400 players will show their skills at the HARMONIKA World Championship and the AUSTRIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. There are candidates from all over Europe, even Norway, Ukraine, Slovakia etc. are represented !!! Are you a part of the enthusiastic audience and look forward to great performances on this diatonic instrument. All details on www.harmonikaverband.at!
We look forward to your visit to St.Peter-Freienstein. With harmonious greetings Gottfried Hubmann and Werner Weibert
|Venue:||Sarajevo Music Academy|
|Contact:||Sarajevo Music Academy, a Faculty of Music of University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.|
The Sarajevo Music Academy is organizing for the eighth time, a gala concert for World Accordion Day. This year, for the first time, duo "2B" (Belma Alić, cello and Belma Šarančić Nahodović, accordion) will preform works originally written for accordion and cello. Belma Šarančić Nahodović (picture right) is accordion professor at the Music Academy, University of Sarajevo.
The unique combination of these two instruments inspired some of the most important composers of today to devote their works to them. So on the repertoire of the concert will be some of the most significant works by Sofya Gubaidulina, Kirill Volkov, Sergej Berinsky and Piotr Tabakiernik.
In addition to the above, duo "2B" will premiere three pieces by Bosnia and Herzegovina composers written for them. Works:
- Dialogue III by Ivan Čavlović,
- Svita by Zlatan Mušić
- "2B" by Kaća Hadžifejzović.
Entrance for the concert is free of charge.
|Venue:||Victoria, British Columbia|
Monday, May 6 is being celebrated as Music Monday across Canada. At 12:00 pm across the country, thousands of students are singing and performing concerts to support the important of Music Education.
In Victoria, British Columbia, Canada the provincial capital celebration will include accordionists Orla Scott and Jade Wong (students of Jelena Milojevic - picture left) as co-celebrators and performers who will help share the awareness of World Accordion Day.
Also performing are 250 singers and the Oak Bay Secondary Jazz Band.
Joining the celebration is the Premier of BC, John Horgan and the Ministers of Education and Arts and Culture. The event is conducted by conductor and accordionist, Dr. Adam Jonathan (picture right) from the University of Victoria.
|Date:||13 to 19 May, 2019|
|Venue:||2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China
dedicated to World Accordion Day.
|Contact:||This superbly organised and successful festival and tour was led by Festival Director Prof. Li Cong (also President China Accordion Association) and Festival General Secretary (Crystal) Wang Congyu, (also President Shanghai Musicians Association Accordion Committee).
Thank you to the talented team of accordion teachers/enthusiasts helping organise and thank you to all the organisations and sponsors listed below for their part in the superb event.
View the major report online of the superbly organised 13th and 14th April 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival: 2019Shanghai
2019Shanghai includes over 40 videos of childrens groups and hundreds of pictures. Following that was the 'Belt and Road' Initiative Accordion Concert Tour, where well-known accordion performers from 'Belt and Road' countries like Russia, Serbia, Lithuania and Moldova were performing along with workshops and teacher development forums.
The Shanghai Changning Government and Shanghai Literature and Arts Federation cooperated to organise the 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival. The purpose to promote the national strategy 'Belt and Road' and enriching the public cultural service in Yangtze River Delta region as well as directing Chinese accordion development towards diversification, nationally and internationally.
Download 21 page color Festival Program: 2019FestivalProgramShanghai.pdf
Download 24 page color Concert Program: 2019ConcertsShanghai.pdf
Download printable poster: 2019PosterShanghai.pdf
The first Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival was held in 2006 and there has been a proud history of accordion festivals in the Shanghai region. You can read about past events at:
2006 Shanghai | 2008 Shanghai | 2009 Shanghai | 2011 Coupe Mondiale | 2017ShanghaiConcert | 2018Shanghai
Organiser and Co Host: Kimmo Mattila, Secretary General, CIA
The Finnish TV Channel AlfaTV broadcast a live presentation of World Accordion Day on May 6th consisting of interviews, presentations, discussions and live performances. The history of the accordion is one of the main topics, because the 190th anniversary of the accordion is celebrated on the same day.
Several accordionists will play in the studio during the program, which will be hosted by famous TV presenter, Heidi Pakarinen and Kimmo Mattila (picture left). One of the special guests will be EU Parliament Member Merja Kyllönen, discussing international cultural aspects. The program is produced by the Finnish Accordion Association in cooperation with the CIA.
The TV program will be online after the live broadcast for at least 12 months to be seen in any country of the world. The program video link is:
CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila writes: "The program ”Kansan kesken” means ”With People” or ”The People Together”. It is broadcast every Monday live. In this week, it was devoted to the accordion. The program was a popular view to the accordion’s versatility and different aspects. Unfortunately all interviews are only in Finnish, but I think everybody can find a good and positive atmosphere of the people in the TV studio.
During two hours program there were also several questions from the TV public (by SMS or phone calls) and we tried to reply them live immediately. We presented the CIA and international activities, the history of the accordion (190th anniversary) and of course, future events nationally and internationally.I hope that we can do this next year again - including international video clips from several countries."
|Venue:||Theodor-Heuss-Str. 29, 85764 Munich-Oberschleißheim (Germany) on May 5th at 4pm.|
|Contact:||For details email: email@example.com|
Annual concert by the Bavarian Youth Accordion Orchestra conducted by Silke D'Inka (picture right) in Munich.
They performed compositions by Gustav Holst, Samuel Barber, Slavko Suklar, Fritz Dobler, Oleg Gamajunow, Alberto Ginastera, Dimitri Schostakowitsch. For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Date:||18 May 2019|
|Contact:||Strumenti&Musica Festival, Spoleto and Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), Italian member of the CIA.|
National Selection for Italian citizens for the 2019 CIA Coupe Mondiale, Shenzhen, China. This event is dedicated to World Accordion Day. The Jury are all Italian Conservatory teachers and they will select the Italian competitors. As it does each year, the IAC will sponsor the best representatives.
|Date:||6th and 7th May|
May 6th: On Monday afternoon Grayson Masefield and Rachel Xu gave a demonstration of the accordion at the Montpellier International Primary School. It was an Accordion Orchestra Founding Event, involving the 40 new members from the school.
May 7th: On Tuesday Grayson gave a presentation/master class at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, accordion and modern keyboard department, organised by Associate Professor Xia Gang.
A Fun Event was then held at the Modern Keyboard Arts/Accordion Micro Museum and an evening concert was held at the Exuberant English School opened with a performance by Rachel Xu and followed by Grayson Masefield.
|Venue:||Philharmony in Skopje|
|Contact:||Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA)|
Gala Concert for World Accordion Day, Skopje - Republic of North Macedonia by Anica Karakutovska
The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA) – Skopje organising various successful events.
This year for the 11th time the association organized a formal concert marking the celebration of the international event and birthday celebration of our instrument, the accordion. This May 6th marks the 190th anniversary of the accordion's patent!
The concert was supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The World Accordion Day Gala Concert was held at the Philharmony in Skopje, on May 6th, and again, was promoted as one of the most prestigious cultural events during the month of May in the country. Photo report at: 2019 Republic of North Macedonia
The concert featured renowned artists and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Zolotaryov, Derbenko, Bete Ilin, Franck Angelis, Piazzolla, Gorka Hermosa and others. On this year’s concert, the composition "Sunrice" by Bete Ilin had its premiere performance by “AkordioM” (Zorica Karakutovska and Filip Stameski) with a string orchestra (picture below).
The concert hall was fully occupied with a very enthusiastic audience. The new building of the Philharmony offers a high-quality venue which the artists fully utilized and the crowd appreciated when the audience rewarded the performers with well-deserved prolonged standing ovations.
|Date:||The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2019 was celebrated at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow on March 16th. The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips.|
|Venue:||text to come|
|Contact:||Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow.|
The event is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) which clashes with a Russian National Holiday so this event is held March annually.
|Venue:||University of Cervera in Catalonia|
|Contact:||Ferran Martínez, email: email@example.com|
Saturday 4 May Day is celebrated World Accordion Cervera, a project promoted by the Catalan Association of Accordion, which together more than 200 accordionists from around Catalonia, Basque Country, Aragon and Andorra.
Accordionist Rob Howard will be one of several musicians performing at a private garden party at a house in Chorlton, Stockport with all proceeds going to the charity India Share.
|Date:||5th and 6th May|
|Venue:||World of Accordions Museum|
|Contact:||text to come|
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May 4th, 2019 - World Accordion Day
|10:00||Intro to Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes: Kevin Friedrich (Ambassador)|
|10:15||Mayor Jim Paine: Proclamations|
|10:25-10:45||Introduction to AWAM|
|11:00-11:45||Recognition of Recently Received Noteworthy Estates: Elsie Bennett
(Ken/Ron Bennett), Gary Harvell (through Paul Fischer), Lorren Lindevig (through Glenda Meadows), George Curletto.
Recognition of Major Donors:
Charles Magnante, Helen and Theo Miller (through Faithe Deffner), Charles and Hanni Harrington, Audrey and Emil Meitzner, Joanna and Stan Darrow, Frank Gaviani (Gaviani, Deiro and Pagani Publ.), Marge Fremar (through Karen Fremar), Dr. Carmelo Pino, Mary Tokarski (Fernino), Sylvia Prior, Kevin Friedrich/Verne Uvesian (Deffner items), Carolyn Carver (Carver and Ensele music library), Rob Dingmann, Bill Palmer.
Introduction to AWAM II: Curletto Center and Museum (Duluth)
|12:00-12:45||Lunch (Included with Day Admission)|
|1:00-1:45||Mary Tokarski: Concert|
|2:00-2:45||Murl Allen Sanders: The Eclectic Accordionist’s Dilemma
A concert featuring differing genres of music, plus a few comments
|3:00-3:45||Betty Jo Simon: Concert|
|4:00-4:45||Henry Doktorski: Lecture/Recital: The Life and Music of the Brothers Deiro.|
|5:00-5:45||Duet Concert: Joan Sommers and Stas Venglevski
|6:00-6:45||Supper (Included with Day Admission)|
|7:00-7:15||Intro: Joan Cochran Sommers - The UMKC Experience|
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Chamber Accordion Ensemble: Concert
|9:00||ACM Band Rehearsal|
|10:00-10:10||Introduction to Palmer Festival: Bill Palmer|
|10:10-10:45||Dance Attic: Suzi Ludwig and Jimi Cooper|
|11:00-11:45||Mike Middleton: Concert|
|12:00-12:45||Lunch (Included with Day Admission)|
|1:00-1:45||Jane Christison: Fun with Janie|
|3:00-3:45||Discussion: Electronic Accordions--Evolution and Future
Bill Palmer, Mike Middleton, Betty Jo Simon, Kryz Kopec
|4:00-4:45||Bill Palmer;, III: Master of Magic, Mirth and Music|
|5:00-6:15||ACM Band World Accordion Music
|6:30-7:15||Supper (Included with Day Admission)|
|7:30||Stas Venglevski: Concert
Festival Conclusion: Toasts to CIA and two Willard Palmers
Video 1: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Introduction to World Accordion Day and to Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA): Kevin Friedrich (CIA Ambassador)
Mayor Jim Paine: Proclamations
Video 2: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Video 3: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Mary Tokarski
Video 4: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Murl Allen Sanders
Video 5: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Betty Jo Simon
Video 6: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Henry Doktorski
Video 7: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Prof. Joan Sommers and Stas Venglevski
Video 8: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring the (UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble, Musical Director Prof. Joan Sommers
UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble World Accordion Day ConcertArticle from USA News
The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Chamber Accordion Ensemble will perform in Concert at the World of Accordion Museum’s World Accordion Day celebration in Superior, Wisconsin on Saturday, 4th May 2019.
All players are alumni of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and former members of the renowned UMKC Accordion Orchestra. The players make their living in various careers, but each have remained devoted to promoting the accordion and its varied repertoire, which includes transcriptions, commissions and other original works.
They have recently performed in Chicago, San Francisco and Kansas City and Alexandria, VA (Washington DC). In addition, they have participated in several USA contributions to World Accordion Day, when videos of their performances were broadcast during the live presentation.
The UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble performs under the direction of Joan C. Sommers who also plays as a member of the ensemble. Joan C. Sommers was awarded the title of Professor Emerita upon her retirement from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music (USA), where she established and taught the accordion degree program for forty years. She has arranged innumerable works for both Accordion Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, works that have been performed around the globe.
Joan C. Sommers has held numerous positions in several music organizations, including the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) and the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA – IMC-UNESCO) where she holds lifetime Honorary Membership.
At the World of Accordions Museum performance, the concert will include: Zar und Zimmermann (Czar and Carpenter) by Albert Lortzing (arr. Curt Herold); Variationen über “Komm, lieber Mai” by Rudolf Würthner; Tambourin Chinois by Fritz Kreisler (arr. Anthony Galla-Rini) featuring Samantha Wagner, soloist; Omphale’s Spinning Wheel by Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Anthony Galla-Rini); Cité Tango by Astor Piazzolla (arr. Joan C. Sommers) featuring Ron Barrow, soloist; Concerto per Archi by Nino Rota (arr. Eugene Negruta) I. Preludio, II. Scherzo, III. Aria and IV. Finale; Flight (Movement 3) by Ian Watson and Blackbird Polka by Vladimir Ushakov.
Members of the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble pictured include Kevin Friedrich, Ron Dake, Ron Barrow, Cathy Sue Weiss (standing) and Samantha Wagner, director Joan Cochran Sommers, Betty Jo Simon and Mary Ann Covone (sitting).
Video 10: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison performing performs Rain Rain Polka.
Video 12: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison performing Peanuts Polka, El Rancho Grande.
Photos Below Supplied by Jane Christison
Video 1: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
- Introduction to Palmer Festival: Bill Palmer III
- Suzi Ludwig and Jimi Cooper
- Mike Middleton: Concert
Video 2: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring: Dee Langley
Video 3: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring: Panel discussion
Video 4: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
Bill Palmer III
Video 5: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
Roger Schmitz, soloist: Toccata in D minor by J S Bach
ACM Band World Accordion Music
|Venue:||4pm to 5:30 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, NYC as part of the Music in Chelsea series|
|Contact:||Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble|
Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble performs at 4pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, NYC as part of the Music in Chelsea series, whose proceeds go to the St. Peter’s food pantry. The program features the music of Peter Flint, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Guy Klucevsek, J.S. Bach, and more. Sunday May 5th, 2019, 4-5:30pm. Suggested donation: $10
|Venue:||6 pm to 9pm, at WIld Heaven Beer, 35 Maple St B, Avondale Estates, GA 30002,|
|Contact:||Jack Brantley: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Concert on Monday May 6th from 6pm to 9pm at WIld Heaven Beer, 35 Maple St B, Avondale Estates, GA 30002, Presented by NESS Records and Accordionology. Free admission.
Performance by Matthew Kaminski, Gabe Granitz, Nick Edelstein. Open jam; bring your instrument! Mini-museum "The Origin of Squeezes". For details email (See poster above right).