The 26th annual Citta
di Castelfidardo International competition for all solo concert
performers of classical music, will be held from October 10th to
14th in Castelfidardo. Over 600 people - 160 soloists, 45 groups
(chamber music) and 5 accordion orchestras, will participate in
a variety of categories such as Classical Music, Light Music and
Jazz Music classes for different age groups.
variety of concerts will be given by performers including "Terre
Di Mezzo" Trio (accordionist Simone
Zanchini), Frédéric Schlick Sextet (accordionist Frédéric Schlick),
La Crus (featuring Riccardo Tesi) and Alexander
Dmitriev (Russia). Claudio
Jacomucci will also give a workshop entitled "Introduction to
the Alexander technique for Accordion".
On October 7th, the JAA (Japan Accordion Association)
will hold a concert at the Kansai Philharmony House in Osaka. Performances
will be given by members of the JAA, including Noboru Emori. For
further information phone or fax the JAA Osaka Office at: +81 6
The X International Accordion Music Festival
will take place at the facilities of the ZPSM (Zespól Panstwowych
Szkól Muzycznych) in Przemysl from December 13th to 16th, organised
by the ZPSM in Przemysl and sponsored by the National Department
of Art, Culture and Heritage. The event is open to individuals and
ensembles (all age groups) with categories for transcripts, original
pieces, ancient through contemporary pieces, popular, improvisations
The competition will begin with an official
opening and concert, followed by intense competition during the
next few days. On the final day the official results will be announced
at an "Awards Ceremony" and concert of the competition winners.
The Alabama Accordion Association will present
Tony Lovello in a Workshop & Concert on October 27th at the South
Alabama Power Conference Center in Clanton, Alabama. The workshop
will include information on performance and showmanship techniques.
Up to 100 people are expected to attend this event. For further
information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Viktor Romanko Performs in Germany
Contributed by Jutta Menn
Viktor Romanko will tour Germany from October
7th to 21st performing concerts in Höchstadt, Calw-Altburg, Freudenstadt-Grüntal,
Waldbronn and Erndtebrück. For further details phone: + 49 2733
The Ist Lanciano International Competition for
accordionists will be held at the F. Fenaroli Theater in Lanciano
on October 20th & 21st. The event will include a variety of competition
categories for junior (under 18 years old) and senior competitors.
Doktorski joined the Cleveland Chamber Symphony on September 24th in a
performance of "Vintage Alice: Fantascene on a Mad Tea Party" by the American
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. The concert, performed
to a packed house at the Drinko Recital Hall at Cleveland State University,
featured the Israeli-born soprano Hila Plitmann, and was conducted by
Doktorski said, "The accordion part was substantial:
some two dozen pages of music. It was one of the most difficult accordion
pieces I have played with orchestra - due to the presto tempo and convoluted
right and left-hand passages (after all, it was a mad tea party), but
that simply made the live performance even more exciting. For much of
the piece, the accordion, banjo and mandolin functioned as a trio within
the orchestra; at several other places, the accordion was featured as
a solo instrument and had its own cadenza toward the end".
During a four-hour recording session held the following
day, Vintage Alice was recorded for a future compact disc release.
Chappelle du Bon Pasteur - Canada
Canadian accordionist Joseph
Petric will take part in a Chappelle du Bon Pasteur event in
Montreal on October 10th. The program will include works by Krebs
(brass and accordion), Couperin (brass and accordion), Scarlatti
Sonatas, Boyd MacDonald, David Pearl and Ramon Pelinski.
Joseph will perform with his group "Bellows
and Brass" which includes Guy Few (trumpet & piano) and Alain Trudel
(trombone). For further details email: email@example.com
Voitenko Receives Award of State
Importance - Russia
Contributed by Olga Kopylova
On October 2nd, accordionist Sergei Voitenko
was presented the "Hope of New Russia" award. This award was founded
at the conference "Mission of Female Public Organizations of Russia"
Moscow in December, 2000 where delegates from 128 public organizations
took part. This initiative has received support from the President
of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
The "Hope of New Russia" award is a public recognition
of the role that business people play in promoting positive public
values, and who have achieved positive changes both in their life
and in the lives of Russians. This is a very honourable award and
Sergei is especially pleased as he is the youngest recipient and
the first accordionist. Other recipients have included the Governor
of the Samara area and known political figures. This is a great
victory for the accordion!
"Quintetto Accento" (Austria) and vocalist Nora
Angelini began their concert season with two concerts in Weiz and
Rottenmann. Their program, which included music by Astor Piazzolla
was well acclaimed by the public.
Quintetto Accento took first prize at the Piazzolla
Competition in Castelfidardo in 1995 and has made many appearances
in concerts and on TV since then. They have also released several
CD's such as "La Setima Realidad", "Listen to a Life in Motion"
(which includes pieces by Weill, Ludvik &Casals), "Reflexión" (songs
by Astor Piazzolla) and "Live at Orpheum". For further information
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonic Boom Festival - USA
On November 11th accordionist Dr William Schimmel
will perform at the Sonic Boom Festival at the Knitting Factory,
New York. His program will include "Small Hotels, a Seantic Cabaret",
for an "accordionist who sings, talks, scats and rants". Dr. Schimmel
composed the music and the lyrics and the text is by George W. S.
Trow (formerly a writer for the New Yorker and the Founder of the
National Lampoon). The dramatic direction is by Micki Goodman, (Dr.
Schimmel's wife and primary collaborator). For details email: GWILLIAMANDMICKI@aol.com
Oak October Concerts - England
Guest Brian Peters will perform traditional
songs & ballads on the melodeon and concertina at the Royal Oak
in Lewes on October 11th.
On October 18th Jim Bainbridge will entertain
with his own original traditional songs accompanied by melodeon.
For further details email: email@example.com
The 2nd Bavarian Autumn Seminar and workshop will
be held from October 31st to November 4th at the Bayerische Musikakademie
in Alteglofsheim. Events include workshops on Orchestras, jazz and popular
music, and solo/duo/ensembles. Tutors include Wolfgang Pfeffer, Stefan
Hippe, Bernd Maltry and Kurt Maas. For further details email: Hedy.Stark-Fussnegger@t-online.de
During the 37th National Congress on "Eucharist
to Annunciation", a religious event held from September 14th to
17th in Loreto, Italy, the trio of Daniele
Patarini and Roberto Lucanero performed at the Auditorium Giovanni
Paolo II playing diatonic, MIDI and classical accordion.
Hospital Concert - USA
Hammond will entertain patients of the psychiatric ward at Laguna
Honda Hospital on October 27th. Following this Jon will perform
at the "6th St. Harm Reduction Center" in San Francisco with his
quartet. For further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion Champions of Ireland
new CD entitled "Champions of Ireland - Accordion" by Denise Shiels
is now available. Tracks include a variety of reels, jigs and airs
such as The Salmanca Reel, Knocknagow Jig, Sliabh Na mBan Air and
Tom Billies Jig. For further information email Crashed Music at:
New CD by Steve Roxton - England
new CD by Steve Roxton entitled "Under Paris Skies" was released
recently. CD sales have been brisk and the CD is being played in
8 restaurants. Tracks include "Under Paris Skies", Never on Sunday,
Lara's Theme and Sakkijarven Polka. For details email: STEVE@roxton.demon.co.uk
Accordion Information Required
Ron Wolf would like information on a 48 bass
Giuseppe Venuti accordion, that he believes was made in 1950's and
60's. Email: email@example.com