19th February 1999
|- Weekly news from around the
In last weeks news we had an article about Celebrity
interviews with famous accordionists. This will be a great opportunity
for you to have a chance to know the accordion elite, not only from
the stage and newspapers, but to ask them questions on any subject!
Our first interview will be on February 24th with Friedrich
Lips. Send us questions
During the past week we have had the pleasure of
hosting Gunther Zeilinger in New Zealand. Gunther is an accordion
teacher and conductor of the Hof Accordion Orchestra, Germany. We
had a wonderful dinner with him along with Geoff Leaver, President
of the Rose City Accordion Club (Portland, Oregon USA) and his wife,
who are on holiday in New Zealand. Entertainment was provided by
well-known accordionist and vocalist Lionel Reekie.
Finnish Accordionist to Tour Japan
Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen will record
a CD of Piazzolla´s "Concerto", "Tres Tangos" and "Adios Nonino"
with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra from March 1st to 5th. The recording
will be made for Finlandia Records (Warner Chapel) and will be distributed
worldwide by Warner Japan. One Japanese newspaper is sending a reporter
to Finland to write an article about the recording-session.
Mika will be doing a concert tour to Japan in May
this year. The tickets for the Tokyo concert sold out within ten
days and two respected Japanese classical music magazines have already
included articles about his upcoming appearances.
Deschamps in Sell Out Performance - France
performed a number of concerts with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra
last week. Their program was a new repertoire which included Concerto
for Violin and Accordion (Bernard Cavanna who gained the Best National
Composer award), and "Chants de Ménage et d'Amour" (Jacques Robotier).
The concert was particularly important for the accordion because
it is not normally included with the orchestra.
Prior to this Frederic performed Piazzolla music
on solo accordion to a sell out crowd. His program included Suite
"Punta del Este" from the film "L'armée des 12 singes". In March
Frederic will perform another concerto by Jean Françaix called "Apocalypse".
This piece is written for Symphonic Orchestra and accordion, electric
guitar, mandolin and tuba.
Exciting New Concerto - England
Contributed by Owen Murray, Professor of Accordion
at the Royal Academy of Music
On March 10th Owen Murray will perform John Webb's
Accordion Concerto with the Academy's string orchestra (conducted
by David Strange). The concert will be held at the Royal Academy
at 7.30pm. A world premiere by Owen Murray of this exciting new
concerto took place on October 24th, 1998, after which critic Tom
Buckley from the Petersfield Post wrote:
"Saturday night's concert was notable for the
long awaited premiere of John Webb's accordion concerto commissioned
by the Southern Orchestral Concert Society with funds from the Southern
Arts. It closely followed the classical concerto form with cadenza,
and made use of modern techniques such as tone clusters, glissandi
and repeated filigree patterns, the composer thankfully eschewed
all extra musical effects, allowing the tightly integrated solo
and orchestral parts to speak for themselves. Soloist, Owen Murray,
coaxed some wonderful sounds from his instrument, singing like a
bird in the slow movement and roaring like a lion in the non-stop
For further information phone: + 44 181 873 7373
Hottest Sizzles On - USA
Contributed by Faithe
Deffner, American Accordionists'
Well over 100 videotaped entries have already arrived
for the "Search for the
Hottest Accordionist," according to office personnel. This exciting
event, jointly sponsored by the American
Accordionists' Association and the Welk Resort, offers numerous
career opportunities to the accordionist entertainer who is being
The five selected finalists will play off before
a live audience at the Welk Resort Center in Branson, Missouri on
Thursday March 25th. Adding to the excitement, a number of TV shows
have already expressed their interest in featuring the "Hottest"
on a future program and representatives of the Good Morning America
TV Show are planning to attend.
As a result of promotional efforts, information
about the "Hottest" event and the accordion's increasing popularity
has appeared in about 40 newspapers throughout the country, including
USA Today. This is an ongoing publicity effort to "shed more light
on the accordion and to dispel myths associated with the instrument
we love, "according to spokesperson Myron Floren.
"House Concerts" - South Africa
Contributed by Amarillie Ackermann
Duo 2000 consisting of accordionist Sergio Zampolli
and harpist Amarillie Ackermann resumed their popular series of
"House Concerts" in February. These concerts are held on the first
Saturday and Sunday of each month. On March 6th and 7th they will
perform in Emmarentia, Johannesburg.
Their program includes pieces from their CD "Song
to the Evening Star", such as Waltz from the Sleeping Beauty ballet
and "In a Persian Market".
Conservatory Colleagues Perform - Austria
Contributed by Dr
Alfred Melichar, accordion teacher at the Bruckner
Conservatory in Linz, ranks with the most active concert accordionists
in Austria. Together with some of his Conservatory colleagues Alfred
performed a program of contemporary chamber music in the famous
"Brucknerhaus" recently. Alfred's latest project is playing the
bandoneon in a dance production at the regional theatre in Salzburg.
Wardlaw Performance - Scotland
Wardlaw Scottish Dance Band (including accordionists Kenny and Stuart
Thomson) will play for the Chester Reels Club on March 27th in the
Chester Town Hall, Chester. The program includes 24 full Scottish
Country Dances such as "Mr and Mrs Little of Castle Douglas" (Muriel
Johnstone), "Brumley Brae" (Willie MacPherson), "Abreast of the
Times" (Robert Black) and "John Duckett of Kelsall" (Stuart Thomson).
The group has released three albums for the Royal
Scottish Country Dance Society and perform at local functions and
at events throughout Great Britain. They also record for BBC Radio
Scotland's "Take the Floor" Saturday evening Scottish Dance Music
For further information email: Wardlaw_SDB@bigfoot.com
Yodeler in Arizona - USA
Accordionist and yodeler Kerry Christensen has
just completed ten concerts in fourteen days in Arizona. Most of
the shows were sold out, with over five hundred people attending
each time. Kerry performed, sang and yodelled at the concerts which
were held between February 3rd and 14th.
Kerry's next performance will be for over 1,000
people at a big corporate engagement on February 20th in Moroni,
Perth Club Celebrates Australia Day - Australia
Contributed by John Dickson
The Perth Accordion club held a special Australia
Day concert on January 24th. It was a typical Australian summer's
day (40ºC) with over 100 people attending. They were treated to
an afternoon of Australian music to mark the occasion, the highlight
being the first public performance given by the new Perth Accordion
Club Orchestra. The orchestra consists of fourteen members and performed
a selection of popular "Aussie Songs" concluding with an arrangement
of "I Still Call Australia Home".
Their next meeting will be held on February 21st.
Stars at the Frankfurt Fair - Germany
Contributed by Holda
The Frankfurt Music Fair will be held from March
3rd to 7th. This event will include many accordion exhibits and
demonstrations by artists including Pasquale Coviello at the Borsini
stand, Pino di Modugno at the Beltuna
stand, Sylvia Pagni
at the Excelsior/Cemex
stand and Jean Louis Noton
at the Cavagnolo stand.
New York Treat - USA
Accordionist Guy Klucevsek will appear at the "Kitchen"
in New York City on February 26th and 27th The two concerts are
billed as "Due Virtuosi: David Krakauer and Guy Klucevsek".
On the 26th, Klucevsek will perform with his new
group "All Accordions All the Time," with Ted Reichman and Anne
DeMarinis. On the 27th Klucevsek will be joined by pianist/accordionist
Alan Bern for the debut of The Klucevsek/Bern Unit.
For further information phone: + 1 212 255-5793
Accordionists Excel at Camp - China
Contributed by Li
This year top universities in China (including
Qing Hua, Beijing and Chinese People Universities) are accepting
students who have special talents in the Arts. It is hoped that
this decision will lead to a greater art atmosphere around the campus
and encourage extracurricular activities for students.
During the last week of January, over 100 senior
graduates (including 14 accordionists) attended the Qing Hua University
Senior Winter Camp. At the camp examinations, Mao Rui Yin (Shanghai
Cao Yang Middle School), and Wang Xu (Dan Dong, Liao Ning Province)
both gained very high marks. These marks will go toward their final
national exam results.
Mao Rui Yin (the 1990 Chinese champion) is also
the 1996 15 years and under South Pacific Champion.
Oktoberfest 1999 - Fiji
Contributed by Lothar Wollmann
The Fiji Accordion Club's 1998 Oktoberfest was
so successful that they are now planning their 1999 event. Concerts
and shows are planned at the Sheraton Denarau Island, Nadi, Shangri
La Fijian Resort, Dominion International Hotel, Nadi, Ming Palace
and Centra Hotel in Suva.
Guest group "The Alpenhof Band" (Australia) will
entertain the crowds. The group consists of two accordions, guitar,
tuba, keyboard and drums.
Success - England
Contributed by Owen Murray
The Russian Festival held at the Royal Academy
of Music in London in January was a great success with many distinguished
composers visiting the festival. There were films, lectures, discussions
and concerts including three accordion items which were well received.
Moscow Nights - USA
Accordionist Vitaliy Bezrodnov has a busy 1999
concert schedule including his February 7th performance at the Tallmadge
United Methodist Church, Tallmadge, Ohio. This was a benefit concert
for the Russian orphans of the Belika Orphanage in Kursk, Russia.
The audience of over 300 participated in a piece
called "Saratov Sorting Out" by playing the tambourine, wooden folk
spoons and trishotkee (percussion) instruments. Vitaliy's program
also included "Birch Trees", "Alla Turca" (Mozart) and "Kalinka".
The concert was a toe-tapping success with impressive donations.
Tour with European Philharmonic Orchestra
Accordionist Eric Blin will tour France with the
European Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Hugues Reiner) and
the Petrozavodsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia). The tour will
take place from March 2nd to 28th. They will perform concerts all
over France including Aussois, Barcelonnette, Briancon, Langogne,
Balme De Silingy and Laudun with a final concert in Nancy.
Their program will include works by Bizet, Brahms,
Dvorak, Grieg, Mozart and Shostakovich.
For further performances see Future
Valentine Concert - USA
Accordionist Shirley Johnson performed at a Valentine's
Day concert on February 13th at Border's Books and Music, Austin,
Shirley's program included love songs from Italy
(O Sole Mio), France (La Vie En Rose), Poland, Ireland and Romania.
Shirley also performed songs from her CD "Blood Red Rose - Transcending
Boundaries: Songs from the Heart From Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia"
and popular Valentines related pieces such as Spanish Eyes, Fallin'
In Love Again and Carolina Moon. Over 100 people attended the successful
event, many of whom had heard Shirley perform on KUTX radio one
Kawagoe Accordion Circle Concert - Japan
Contributed by Toru Katou
On February 28th the "Kawagoe Accordion Circle
Concert" will be held at Kawagoe-Nishi Culture Public House, Kawagoe,
Saitama prefecture. For further information phone: + 81 493-62-0309
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