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Weekly News from Around the World - 03-Aug-2018
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Daily Reports: 2018 China Harbin Summer International Accordion Art Week - China
Report: ATG 78th Anniversary Festival in Lisle, IL - USA
The 1st China Beijing International Piano Accordion Competition - China
Friedrich Lips Future Events for 2018 - Russia, Italy, China, Kazakhstan
DAILY REPORTS: AAA 80th Anniversary Festival, Washington - USA

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Video: Joseph Natoli 80th Anniversary AAA Commission, Sonata in FM - USA
International Summit at A World of Accordions Museum, Superior - USA
Video: Grayson Masefield Performs Ka Mate by Gorka Hermosa - USA
Ian Watson performs in the Weimar Cabaret in London
Video: Cody McSherry

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Maciej Frąckiewicz Tour 2018 - China

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Daily Reports: 2018 China Harbin Summer International Accordion Art Week - China

2018 Harbin China Summer International Accordion Art Week
Prof. Wang Hongyu2018 Harbin PosterDaily Reports start 7th August with pictures and video at: Harbin 2018

The 2018 China Harbin Summer International Accordion Art Week from 7th to 11th August is hosted by the Peoples Republic of China Culture Ministry and the Harbin Municipal People's Government, undertaken by Harbin Normal University, Harbin.

The Harbin 2018 Art Director is Prof. Wang Hongyu (picture left), Dean of the Music College of Harbin Normal University. Prof. Wang Hongyu and the Harbin Organising Committee ran the very successful Harbin 2010, Harbin 2012, Harbin 2014, Harbin 2016 Summer International Accordion Art Week and Competitions which attracted over 500 entrants with many competitors from outside China.

The Harbin Accordion Art Week is part of the 34th China Harbin Summer Music Festival. Harbin was named a UNESCO City of Music in 2010.

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Report: ATG 78th Anniversary Festival in Lisle, IL - USA

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The 78th annual Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival was held from July 25 - 28 in Lisle (Chicago), Illinois. Featuring competitions, concerts, workshops, a Gala Banquet, Exhibits and social functions, the well attended event showcased a diverse array of musical genres and events.

Featured guest artists included Matthias Matzke (Germany), Leonie Kratz (vocalist, Germany), Cory Pesaturo, Mike Alongi, Stas Venglevski who performed solo and in duo with Joan Cochran Sommers, Donna Dee and Dennis Ray and Petar Maric (Serbia). In addition to the performances, workshops were presented by Joan Cochran Sommers, Cory Pesaturo, Mattias Matzke, Mike Alongi, Helmi Harrington, Murl Allen Sanders, Nick Ballarini and Gordon Kohl.

The ATG Festival featured several groups formed specifically for the festival including the Mixed Ensemble directed by Murl Allen Sanders, The Original Music Ensemble directed by Joan C. Sommers, The President's Quintet and the ATG Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers which received a standing ovation for their performance of works by Smith, Halvorsen, Bernstein, Foster & Sager and Ellington.

The ATG officially launched its new updated website created by ATG 1st Vice President Kenn Baert. Using state of the art technology including phone responsiveness, the site contains information about the ATG, a members only area and information on upcoming festivals such as the 79th Annual Festival to be held in Denver, CO from July 23-27, 2019 and the ATG 80th Anniversary celebration to be held in Los Angeles in August, 2020.

For more information about the ATG and upcoming events, please visit www.atgaccordions.com.
Joan Cochran Sommers and Stas Venglevski

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The 1st China Beijing International Piano Accordion Competition - China

This competition is a new start for Beijing International Accordion Festival and will continue its honorable tradition. History at: 2018IPAC-en

Hosts are:
- International Union of Piano Accordion
- Professional Accordion Union of Chinese Conservatory of Music
- Beijing Musicians Association, Accordion Society
- Accordion Profession Board of Shanghai Musicians Association
- Accordion Profession Board of Tianjin Musicians Association

Executive President is Jiang Jie, and Organizing Committee are Wang Shu Sheng (Tianjin), Cao Xiao-Qing (Beijing), Crystal Wang (Shanghai).

Schedule:
- Enrollment period of first round: 1st August - 30th August, 2018
- Judging period for first round: 31st August - 9th September 2018
- Announcement of Finalists: 10th September 2018
- Final competition and festival hosted in Beijing: 3rd - 6th October 2018

There is a total of 11 categories for various solo age groups, accordion with piano and accordion with ensemble. There is a substantial 120,000 CNY prize money.

Full details in English at: 2018IPAC-en
Full details in Chinese at: 2018IPAC

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Friedrich Lips Future Events for 2018 - Russia, Italy, China, Kazakhstan

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Friedrich Lips future events to the end of 2018:

14 -16 August, Master class in Moscow.

10 -13 September, Master class in Rome at Santa Cecilia, Italy.

14 -16 September, Head of jury at PIF competition in Castelfidardo

02 October, Concert with Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Michail Pletnev, conductor, in Jaroslavl (Russia).

04 October, E. Podgaits: „Double mirror“ for bayan, violoncello and symphony orchestra, UA Tchaikovsky-Concert Hall in Moscow with Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Michail Pletnev, conductor.

20 October, Jubilee "Faculty of Folk Instruments at the Gnesin Music Academy 70 years", in Moscow (conference and concert).

28 October - 02 November, Master class in Tianjin (China).

03 - 08 November, Adjudicator at the "Schabyt Competition" in Astana (Kazakhstan)

28 - 30 November, Jubilee concert “Friedrich Lips 70 years“ in Magnitogorsk (Russia), A. Piazzolla: Aconcagua, E. Podgaits: Viva Voce, Bayan and Symphony Orchestra

02 December, Concert in Smolensk (Russia), A. Piazzolla: Aconcagua, E. Podgaits: Viva Voce, Bayan and Symphony Orchestra

12 - 16 December, 30th Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" in Moscow

13 December, E. Podgaits: "Lips Concert" Bayan and Symphony Orchestra in Moscow

26 CD's available at: Friedrich Lips

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DAILY REPORTS: AAA 80th Anniversary Festival, Washington - USA

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The outstanding line-up of festival guest artists are included in the Daily Reports with the 80th Anniversary Festival featuring a multitude of concerts, workshops, activities, and a trade show.

Link to the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos: 2018AAA80th

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Video: Joseph Natoli 80th Anniversary AAA Commission, Sonata in FM - USA

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Joseph Natoli"Sonata In F Major (In the Classical Style)" is a commission from the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) in celebration of their 80th anniversary year in 2018.

Composer Joseph Natoli writes:

"I could not be more flattered or more proud to create this piece for them. This is the second piece I have written in the style of the classical masters (like Mozart & Haydn) and shows what a sonata may have sounded like from one of these two composers if they had a fine concert accordion like those that we have available today.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Gene Van, a dear friend of mine who passed away 28 May 2018."

Link to the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos: 2018AAA80th

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International Summit at A World of Accordions Museum, Superior - USA

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A World of Accordions Museum located in Superior, Wisconsin hosted an International Summit to showcase the Museum holdings during a recent event organized by curator Helmi Harrington, Ph. D.

The International conference included three Executive members of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Kevin Friedrich - Ambassador (USA), Harley Jones - Public Relations Manger (New Zealand) and Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif - Vice President (Austria) as well as Heather Masefield - Executive Officer of the New Zealand Accordion Association.

The Summit was supported by the new Superior, WI, Mayor Jim Paine as well as 6th District Councilor Tylor Elm, the Director of Marketing and Social Media Nikky Farmakes as well as other guests from the Visitors and Convention Bureau and local Universities, the Museum Board of Directors and guests.

After an official welcome and remarks by CIA World Accordion Museum Alliance Director Kevin Friedrich, speakers included Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif, Harley Jones, Heather Masefield, Helmi Harrington, Ph. D., Mayor Jim Paine and Museum Repair Technician student David Beer. The guests were given a guided tour of the Museum holdings before concluding with a meet and greet reception.

Museum Curator Helmi Harrington presented an overview of Museum activities and holdings including the 1300 instruments on display, more than one million pieces of sheet music, reference books and recordings, featured Concert Series guest artists such as renowned classical Russian accordionists Friedrich Lips and Viatcheslav Semionov to popular Grammy Award winning Joey Miskulin, the exciting World Accordion Day and Willard Palmer festivals, the Musical Estates of dignitaries such as Willard Palmer, Ernest Deffner, Pietro Diero, Charles Magnante and others entrusted to the Museum, the new online resources such as sales and Educational items, the new Fundraising Campaign 'Superior Vision' and the unique Repair Technician school.

A World of Accordions Museum is a member of the newly established World Accordion Museum Alliance under the auspices of the CIA which aims to coordinate the efforts of Accordion Museums and collectors around the world to ensure that the historical culture of the accordion is protected for all to enjoy.

For more information about the Museum, please visit www.worldofaccordions.org.
Harlye Jones, Mayor Jim Paine, Heather Masefield, Tylor Elm, Helmi Harrington, Kevin Friedrich and Herbert Scheibenreif

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Video: Grayson Masefield Performs Ka Mate by Gorka Hermosa - USA

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The Opening Concert of the 80th Anniversary AAA Festival was a Concert of Original Music.

Grayson Masefield is introduced by AAA Past President Linda Solely Reed after which Grayson performs Ka Mate composed by Gorka Hermosa.

Link to the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos: 2018AAA80th

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Ian Watson performs in the Weimar Cabaret in London

Barry Humphries and Ian Watson
London based Ian Watson was the featured accordionist in the Aurora Orchestra during the popular show 'Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret' which just concluded a month long engagement at the Barbican Center in London. Ian opened the show with Cabaret diva Meow Meow as the orchestra assembled on stage while renowned actor Barry Humphries served as the Emcee of the show which was a tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.

In the late 1940s, Barry Humphries, then a teenager, bought a collection of sheet music, once owned by a refugee from Nazi Germany, from a secondhand bookshop in Melbourne, Australia. It consisted of works by composers banned in the Third Reich as “degenerate”, among them Korngold, Ernst Krenek and Kurt Weill. His desire to unlock the secrets of the printed music resulted in a lifelong fascination with music of the Weimar Republic, with its experimentalism, defiance and unique mix of classical and jazz.

Best known as Dame Edna Everage, Barry Humphries inserts his witty anecdotes and irreverent asides providing interludes to a treasure trove of songs and instrumentals. Fellow Australian Meow Meow, sings Kurt Weill standards alongside rarities from Friedrich Hollaender, Ernst Krenek and Erwin Schulhoff, all accompanied by London’s trailblazing Aurora Orchestra. As the evening progresses it repeatedly highlights how the composers had to leave their homes and reinvent themselves when their work was denounced as degenerate by the Nazis regime.

During the course of his research, Humphries went on to meet and make friends with many of the composers. Kurt Weill later used the accordion in his works such as Mahagonny, The Threepenny Opera, Happy End, Marie Galante, and Lost in the Stars, while Ernst Krenek went on to write works for accordion including Acco-music for accordion, Op. 225 and Toccata (1964) by Ernst Krenek, a commission by the American Accordionists' Association.

Ian Watson is a concert artist and composer based in London and maintains a busy schedule working with orchestras, chamber ensembles and the Theatre in addition to directing the London Accordion Orchestra. An advocate for new music in addition to his own compositions, he is also active in commissioning new works by other renowned composers. For more information please visit: http://www.londonao.co.uk/

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Video: Cody McSherry

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The Opening Concert of the 80th Anniversary AAA Festival was a Concert of Original Music.

Carousel of Dreams composed by Guy Klucevsek and performed by Cody McSherry.

Link to the AAA 80th Anniversary Festival Daily Reports of pictures and videos: 2018AAA80th

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Maciej Frąckiewicz Tour 2018 - China

Maciej FrąckiewiczMaciej Frackiewicz will be a Jury Member at the International Accordion Festival in Harbin and then, he will perform three solo recitals, one concert with orchestra and give a masterclass.

Schedule:
7th -11th August - Jury International Accordion Festival in Harbin
8th August - Symphonic Concert - Krzysztof Penderecki - Accordion Concerto, the Children’s Palace Theater in Harbin
9th August - Masterclasses in Harbin
12th August - Solo Recital, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing
14th August - Solo Recital, Lei Feng Theater in Changsha
16th August - Solo Recital, Grand Theatre in Tianjin

The main event during the tour will be the concert on 8th of August, which will be a Chinese premiere of the Krzysztof Penderecki's Accordion Concerto (version from Concerto Doppio).

Program of the solo recitals presents mostly Polish pieces.

J. S. Bach - Prelude und Fugue fis moll DWK II
Dariusz Przybylski - Sonata da chiesa
Witold Lutoslawski - Bukolics
Andrzej Tuchowski - Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Mikolaj Majkusiak - Dyad
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Sofia Gubaidulina - De Profundis
J. Ph. Rameau - from Pieces de Clavecin
L’entretien des Muses
La Poule
Astor Piazzolla - Flora’s Game
Krzysztof Penderecki - Sinfonietta

The project is co-organised by the Polish Institute in Beijing and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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