Citta di Castelfidardo Competition and Festival
di Castelfidardo Competition and Festival will be held in Castelfidardo
from October 8th to 12th organized by the Castelfidardo Municipal
Administration and the Pro-Loco Tourist Association. The event is
for accordion concert performers, bands and soloists. A number of
special prizes will be awarded this year including:
"Cagnoni Quality Reeds" Award
(donated by Cagnoni
& C.) for a well known pop music artist who has contributed
to promoting the accordion with his/her performances
"Sonerfisa" Award (donated
by Sonerfisa owned by G. Francenella & C. snc) for the accordionist
who has distinguished himself with music activities on national
Special Prize "Excelsior" (donated
Accordions) which is a Euro 510 scholarship for the winner of
the Prize "Città di Castelfidardo"
Special "CNA" Award (donated
by the Confederazione Nazionale dell'Artigianato) which is a study
bursary of Euro 250 to the winner of Cat. D
"SEM Accordions - Youth Award"
(donated by SEM
Accordions srl) which is a scholarship contribution of Euro
250 to the youngest qualified player through to the second round
of categories A, B, C & L
Association "Promozione Fisarmonica
da Concerto" (Collecorvino, Pescara) will offer a Prize
Concert and Euro 250 in commemoration of Claudio Calista, to the
best Italian competitor in the Concert Performers category (or to
an Italian soloist recommended by the jury from any of the other
categories). The concert will be held during the summer shows 2004
of Collecorvino (birthplace of Calista)
"Accordions Worldwide" Special
Award (donated by Accordions
Worldwide on the Internet) is sponsoring for 1 year an internet
publicity site for some winners of the "Città di Castelfidardo"
Prize and Award - the first orchestra of Cat. H and the first soloist
in the concert performer category
Special Prize "Piermaria" I.M.C.
(donated by Piermaria International Music Company srl) a Euro 250
scholarship for the winner of Cat. L
Study Bursary in commemoration of André
Thepaz a Study Bursary of Euro 200 will be offered by the family
in commemoration of the late André Thepaz, for winner in
Cat. I (Varieté Junior)
Special Prize "Intermusik Schmülling"
(donated by Intermusik)
a prize in advertisements to the value of Euro 3.700 (in the Intermusik
Newspaper) to the winner in Cat. F, H, L & O and to the winner
of the Prize for Concert Soloists. The advertisements will by published
monthly and distributed world-wide to support the concert activities
of the winners for a period of one year.
The Company Menghini Prize (donated by
the manufacturer of Menghini, Scandalli
Soprani accordions) will produce a CD containing the live performances
during the awarding of prizes of the Classical Music Section (October
12th, 2003). This CD will include the performances of the winner
of the Prize for Concert Performers and the winners in the "collective
categories" (cat. E, F, G & H) and of possible participants
who have received "special mention". A panel will select
the pieces to be recorded. Past years CD's are available at MusicForAccordion.com
In addition to solo and group categories there
will be categories for "Jazz Soloists", "Jazz Bands",
and "Astor Piazzolla Music". For further details email:
Finnish Duo Tours Norway
Contributed by Dr
Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich
Finnish accordionists Jukka-Pekka Kuusela and
Kalle Valimaa began a tour of Norway on September 10th. The duo
will give a series of five concerts in Toten, Honefoss, Asker, Sandfjord
and Tonsberg, finishing on September 13th.
Their program will consist of contemporary music
and Norwegian Dances op. 35 (Grieg), and works by Mendelssohn, Wessman,
Murto and Berinski. In addition the duo will give the first performances
of a new solo work and a duo work by rising Finnish composer Timo-Juhani
Kyllonen plus a solo work by Eero Ojanen (who recently celebrated
his 60th birthday).
Successful 15th Carrefour Mondial de L'accordeon
45,000 people attended the successful 15th International Carrefour
Mondial de L'accordeon Festival held in Montmagny, Quebec recently.
The event artistic director was Raynald Ouellet, the President,
Christiane Bouille and the town of Montmagny participated in the
organization of activities.
The reception was held a the Montmagny Accordion
Museum where attendees had the opportunity to discover the history
and evolution of the accordion with a variety of displays, films,
tapes and CDs of different accordion players.
the 3 day event, concerts in a variety of musical styles were held
on 8 stages around Montmagny. The Duo
Paris Moscou (Domi Emorine & Roman Jbanov) performed at
the opening concert, presenting pieces from their CD "Paris-Moscow"
(by Franck Angelis). The following day they performed with Emy Dragoï
& Lacatus Constantin (Roumania) and Nick Villarreal & Max
Baca (USA). This concert was sold out one month prior to the festival
performers included Alejandro Barcelona, Alain Chatry, Stephane
Delicq, Catherine Delaunay, Patrick Quichaud & Isabelle Tanguy,
Jean-claude Laudat & Jean-Yves Dubanton, "Pointe-au-pic",
"O'Machal", Henry Lemarchand & Noêl Letertre
(France), Pascale Clessin, Charles Quimbert, Pierre Christian Fouere
(France-Bretagne), Jean-Paul Beaulieu, Georges Camitsis, Franc Erzen,
Yves Hélie, Luc Lavallée, Benoît Legault, Gaston
Nolet, Raynald Ouellet, Luciano
Testani, Léopold Tremblay, "Le vent du Nord"
- Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Bernard Simard & Benoît
Bourque, (Quebec), Primoz Parovel (Slovenia), Dino Leone (Italy),
André Loppe & his band (Belgium), Emy Dragoï &
Lacatus Constantin (Roumania), Patty Furlong & Marie Barrett
(Ireland), Rudi & Nini Flores (Argentina), Joaquin Diaz (Dominican
Républic), Len Wallace (Canada), Nick Villarreal & Max
Baca (USA), "K"
Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona & Walter
Kasprzyk - USA), Duncan & Margaret Keppie (Canada), Roger Lateigne,
Eric Bonneau & Gille Loisier (Canada).
8th "Le Grand Soufflet" Festival -
Contributed by Isabelle Saliot
The 8th "Le Grand Soufflet" Accordion
Festival will be held from October 11th to 18th. The festival is
based in Rennes, Brittany, but will also include performances in
Le Sel de Bretagne, Chartres de Bretagne, Cesson Sévigné,
Fougères and Chantepie.
Over twenty concerts will honor the accordion
through different styles and nationalities including France, Colombia,
Argentina and Belgium. Musical styles include world music, jazz,
traditional music, java, rock, toy music along with realistic and
Accordion performers Les freres Nardàn,
Chez Pedro, Bergère, Padam, Cuarteto Cedron, Tref, Dine &
Déon, Charlotte, Antonio Rivas, Pascal Comelade, Thomas Fersen
and Sous les Becs de Gaz will entertain at the festival. For further
information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordion Workshop - Switzerland
Contributed by Gabriele Guthöhrlein-Bethke
From August 24th to 31st a successful workshop
took place in Grimentz (Switzerland) tutored by Peter Soave and
Noton. About 30 accordionists from France, Switzerland and Germany
attended the workshop, receiving individual instruction from the
two artists. In addition, they offered technique and musical understanding
evenings were spent together socially and the participants took
turns playing for fun. A highlight of the workshop were two concerts
given by Soave and Noton and the participants in the Grimentz Church.
Especially Peter Soave and his wife Mady Dessimoulie-Soave impressed
with works for accordion and bandoneon.
Peter Soave (USA) is a well known accordionist,
who has traveled internationally to perform. Jean
Louis Noton (France) has performed internationally also on MIDI
Duo Popolzin Tour Germany
by Edmund Schwarz
The duo Popolzin began their autumn tour of
Germany on September 9th with a concert in Frankfurt, followed by
a concert in Königswinter on the 11th. Future performances
will be held in Kronberg (September 18th & October 17th), Merzig
(20th), Königstein (September 26th & October 5th), Bad
Nauheim (October 3rd), Altenkunstadt (October 10th) and a final
concert in Bernkastel-Kues on October 24th.
The duo will perform compositions by Vladimir
Popolzin as well as many well-known pieces.
For further tour concert information email: Duo-Popolzin@edi-schwarz.de
International Festival "Musica Ritmo Sinfonica" - Italy
The IV International Festival "Musica Ritmo
Sinfonica" was held in Cava de'Tirreni, Salerno on September
1st. Accordionist Vladimir
Zubitsky performed two concerts for accordion and symphony orchestra
- "Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla" and "Rossiniana".
Vladimir played with the Symphony Orchestra
"P. Tchaikovsky" (Russia) conducted by Nikolay Rogotnew
in a 16th Century venue with natural acoustics (Chiostro di E.Filippo
Neri della Basilica S.Maria dell'Olmo).
Their program included classical and romantic
music by S. Rakhmaninov and energetic, pulsating rhythms by Zubitsky.
The festival included a new quality this year, where the relatively
young musical instrument (the accordion), showed its ability to
be able to compete (and concertize) with a symphony orchestra in
an important festival!
Cape Town Opera Spring Festival - South Africa
Stanislav Anguelov will perform in two concerts as part of the Cape
Town Opera Spring Festival this month. The first concert is entitled
"Around the World in Spring" and will include a medley
of popular songs, arias and duets with Angela Kerrison (soprano),
Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano), Nicola Cencherle (tenor) accompanied
by Stanislav Anguelov. Their program will include music by Schubert,
Lehar, Dvorak, Leoncavallo, Staynov, Theodorakis, Gershwin, Gardel
and Piazzolla. This concert will be held on September 14th at the
Caledon Town Hall during their annual Caledon Flower Show.
The second concert will be held in the small
town of Darling on September 21st. For details email: email@example.com
"Premio Fancelli - 2003" Composers Competition
Contributed by Vladimir
The International composer's competition for accordion
"Premio Fancelli - 2003" was held in Terni on September 2nd.
The competition included two categories:
Composition for Accordion and Percussion Quartet
Composition for Solo Instrument with Ensemble (orchestra) of Accordions
The international jury consisted of composers, critics
and performers - Mauro Bortolotti (President), Guido Baggiani, Pier Giuseppe
Arcangeli (Italy), Adgar Alandia (Bolivia) and Vladimir
Winner of the first category was the composition "5
SCL 8" for accordion and percussion quartet by Andrea Talmelli (Italy).
No prize was awarded for the second category.
The next edition of this competition will be dedicated
to chamber music with accordion (duets, trio, quartet, quintet). For further
information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Food Festival - USA
Contributed by Ann Wilkes
The Glendi International Food Festival will
be held in Santa Rosa, California on September 20th and 21st. Glendi
is Greek for "party" and the organizers have planned a
fun-filled two days.
The event will feature "Edessa" who
perform "hot rocking dance music from the Balkans & beyond"!
The group includes Lise Liepman who plays the santouri (Greek hammer
dulcimer) and accordion, Dan Auvil who plays the tupan (large two-headed
drum), doumbek (hand drum) and defi (frame drum), Paul Brown (acoustic
and electric bass), George Chittenden on clarinet, alto saxophone,
gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm) and guitar, and Ari Langer (violin).
For details email: email@example.com