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Kuhmo in Raseborg Festival - Finland

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

The "Kuhmo in Raseborg Accordion Days" event was held for the second time from November 21st to 24th in Tammisaari (south west Finland). Three recitals performed by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, Henrik Sandås and Kalle Välimaa were given in the Karjaa, Tenhola and Täktom Churches. Their program included music by Berinsky, Ryabov, Jokelainen (world premiere), Gubaidulina, Kusjakov and Bach. In addition, chamber music concerts included works by Kyllönen (Trilogy's first performance on two accordions), Truhlar, Wessman and Mozart.

Over 30 pupils (from beginners to conservatory students) took part in accordion courses organized during the festival. Workshops of American and Norwegian music were held.

The festival was organized by the Raseborg Music Institute and was so successful, another is planned for next autumn. For further information contact the Artistic Director Kalle Välimaa at: +358 50-3584802



Glinka Philharmonic Hall Concert - Russia

Accordionist Sergej Tchirkov performed "Der Andere" (Moritz Eggert) at the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg on November 27th, as part of the German Season. The event is organized by the Pro Arte Institute and Goethe-Institute, where performances feature the new music group "eNsemble".

On December 6th, the Glinka Philharmonic Hall will host a concert of Dieter Schnebel's music, including his famous work for accordion solo entitled "Medusa" which will be performed by Sergej.


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Christmas Party Night - England

A "Christmas Party Night" will be held at "Folk At The Royal Oak" in Lewes, East Sussex on December 19th. Admission is free of charge and the evening is expected to be "a right old song and dance". For details email:


Ronald McDonald House Trees of Hope Campaign - USA

The "K" TrioThe "K" Trio will entertain with Christmas music at the Ronald McDonald House Trees of Hope campaign at the New Haven City Hall on December 15th. All proceeds from the variety of items sold and raffled during the event will benefit the needy families of Ronald McDonald House! For concert details email:


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"In a Christmas Mood" Concerts - Poland

A Christmas carol concert entitled "In a Christmas Mood" was held recently at the Club of Music and Literature in Wroclaw. Performers included Olga Marko (vocals and bandura) and Aleksjej Suslow (accordion) who also arranged many of the carols.

Following this, a concert of the same name was also held at the Club of Music in Jelcz-Laskowice with performances by Aleksjej Suslow (accordion), Olga Marko (vocals and violin), Dominika Bialostocka (guitar) and Grzegosz Szomanski (percussion).



Paris-Moscou Duo Tours Russia

Paris-Moscow DuoThe Paris-Moscou Duo began their tour of Russia on December 2nd with two concerts in St Petersburg on December 2nd and 5th. Their program included solo works by French composer Franck Angelis, some of which have never been heard before in Russia, such as "Nocturne", "Boite à rythme", "Interieur", "Amalgame" and "Romance". The duo will also perform a variety of Russian and French traditional music.

Further concerts will be held in Samara (9th), Otradnyi (10th), Pohvistnevo (11th), Novokuybyshevsk (12th), Togliatti (13th) and a final concert in Novosibirsk (20th). For further details email:


Master Sound

Traditional Annual Concert - Germany

First Cologne Accordion OrchestraContributed by Winfried Haushalter

The "First Cologne Accordion Orchestra 1935" held their traditional annual concert at the Cologne College of Music Concert Hall to a capacity audience recently. Conducted by Matthias Hennecke, they performed a popular program which included "Polowetzer Tänze" from the opera Prince Igor (Borodin), "Rendezvous with Gershwin" (Bui), "Libertango" (Piazzolla) and "Pomp and Circumstance" (Elgar).

The Entertainment Orchestra (conducted by Heike Zapf) contributed to the varied program with its performance of "A day on the Farm" by Matthias Henneke.

Because of the popularity of this event and the growing audience, next year the orchestra plans to hold two concerts on November 29th and 30th, 2003.



Christmas Entertainment - USA

Accordionist Jon Hammond returned to the Laguna Honda Hospital to entertain patients on November 29th.

On December 10th he will play solo at the big Opera Plaza Christmas/Channukah holiday party in San Francisco (directly across from the City Hall) for the 4th consecutive year. Jon's program includes a variety of popular pieces including selections from his CD "Late Rent". For concert details email:


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International Festival of Music - Spain

Accordionist Iñaki Alberdi will perform at the International Festival of Music in Catalunya on December 7th. His program will include works by Torres, Lazkano, Turina and Antonio de Cabezon. For further details email:



Viktor Romanko Completes 2002 Tour

Viktor RomankoContributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko has now completed his 2002 tour of Switzerland, France and Germany. While there he received a number of standing ovations for his performances, which included works by Franck, Liszt, Bach, Tschernikov and Piazzolla. In conjunction with these works Romanko also used improvisation with well-known melodies, which he transformed spontaneously into different style directions.

Plans are now underway for concert tours during 2003.


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Children's Orchestras Entertain at Beach Event - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

Two accordion orchestras entertained a capacity crowd at a kindergarten beach event in Auckland on December 1st. The North Shore Junior Orchestra and the North Shore Music Makers Orchestra played a fun program, which included "Deck the Halls", "Cuckoo" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad". Soloist Grayson Masefield performed "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (Elton John). All accordionists were aged from 6 to 15 years.



Live From New York - USA

Accordionist Dan Newton was a guest on the Minnesota public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" which is broadcast live from New York City's Town Hall. The November 30th show also included guests The Battlefield Band and Billy Collins.


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Alexander Technique Seminar - Italy

Claudio Jacomucci will hold an Alexander Technique seminar for musicians and singers at the Liszt Institute in Bologna from January 24th to 26th, 2003. For further information email:


"Doubles Jeux" - France

On November 28th accordionist Pascal Contet presented "Doubles Jeux" with fellow accordionist Yvette Horner in Grenoble. The event included a variety of music from Bach to valse musette. Further performances will be held in Malakoff on December 20th and from January to May, 2003. For details email:


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Development of Concertina Repertoire - Canada

Joseph PetricAccordionist Joseph Petric will hold a concertina repertoire development project from December 9th to 13th. He believes this is the first time the concertina repertoire has been played with a period piano. For this project, Joseph will use a Streicher piano, generously offered by Sir Wilfred Laurier University. The aim is to research sound, tunings and technical responses on these period instruments. Joseph also plays the whole repertoire of works by Molique, Regondi and McFarren on his prototypical accordion.



Melbourne Concert Hall Performances - Australia

Accordionist Bernadette Conlon has been busy promoting the accordion on a daily basis recently, at the Melbourne Concert Hall in concerts highlighting different musical instruments. Bernadette played the accordion with a 40 piece symphony orchestra, plus she was the soloist for "Flight of the Bumblebee" with the orchestra.


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American Square and Contra Dance - USA

Accordionist Wendy Morrison will perform with Marc Glickman (piano) and Andrea Hoag (violin) at a Saturday Dance at St. Mark's On the Hill in Baltimore MD, on December 14th sponsored by the Baltimore Folk Music Society. The event will include American Square and Contra dancing. For details phone: +1 410-366-0808



New Book: Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

Book CoverContributed by Willoughby Ann Walshe

A new book entitled "Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events: Festivals and Competitions Worldwide" enumerates and characterizes the most important festivals and competitions in English. For many years, Willoughby Ann Walshe, American journalist, passionate accordionist, and technical book author has collected all kinds of information pertaining to harmonica instrument events available worldwide. She worked closely with publisher Ulrich Schmülling at Karthause-Schmülling Internationale Musikverlage to present a maximum amount of information into a clearly organized and easy-to-use format.

This book covers Festivals (folk, musette, varieté, tango, cajun and zydeco, classical, and modern music combined with concert series, accordion cruises, Advent and Christmas celebrations, dancing, and singing), Competitions (for soloists, duos, ensembles, orchestras, and compositions), Gatherings (with learning experiences through seminars and workshops, entertainment by amateurs and professionals, new contacts, good food, sightseeing tours, exhibitions), and Harmonica Instruments (piano accordions, chromatic accordions, diatonic accordions, concertinas, bandoneons, harmonicas, and their many variations).

Over 350 events organized regularly in 45 countries on 5 continents around the world are listed along with contact information. For further information email the Karthause-Schmülling Publishing Corporation at: or


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New Accordion USA National News Online

A new edition of the Accordion USA, United States National Accordion News is now online. If you would like to contribute an item about your Christmas or New year event, please send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:



New Sites/Updated Sites Updated listings on the Music for Accordion site including a new section "Recordings for Sale".


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