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Weekly News from Around the World - 06-May-2016
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Highlights

Editors Note
New Book Launch of ‘Accordion Anthology’ by Rob Howard, Stockport – UK
Results online: 12th World Music Festival, Innsbruck, 5th to 8th May 2016 – Austria
Arseniy Strokovskiy (Russia) Wins Klingenthal 2016 - Germany
Concert Dedicated to World Accordion Day, Moscow - Russia
Closing Date for Entries, International Week of Accordion "Alcobaça 2016" – Portugal

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

MAA World Accordion Day Gala Concert, TV Appearances, Newspapers - Macedonia
World Accordion Day Concert in Mumbai - India
Video: Sergey Osokin April Concert, Moscow - Russia
Passing of Mort Herold (1926 to 2016) - USA
World Accordion Day Video Release: Premiere of Stas Venglevski Work - USA.
Video: Alexander Poeluev and the New-Centropezn Jazz Quartet - Russia

Future events

Piazzolla’s Tango Opera, London – UK
Mazaika Concerts, London - UK
Gianni Mirizzi Concert, San Cesareo (RM) – Italy
No 1 Ladies Orchestra Concerts, London - UK
World Accordion Day Performance – Guatemala
Sofia Ros Gonzalez Recital, Santander – Spain
Zoltan Orosz and Attila Bardoczy Concert, Budapest – Hungary
Howard (Schmenge) Chapman Gigs, Calgary – Canada
Marko Kassl Diary Dates – Germany, Netherlands
Romano Viazzani @ Classics at the Villa, Hertfordshire – UK

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franck Angelis Solo and Duets Information - France
Updated Joe Cerrito Site: New Video, Ave Maria by Joe Cerrito
Updated Arrangement: Indifference Arranged by Gary Dahl - USA
Updated Site: Grayson Masefield New and Updated Videos - Switzerland
Updated Site, Milwaukee Accordion Club, May to August Events - USA

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Editors Note

Rob HowardThis week’s news is published on May 6th, World Accordion Day, the day designated by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) to celebrate the patenting of the accordion in Vienna, Austria, 1829 by Cyrillius Demien (Cyril Damian).

Accordions Worldwide has been highlighting World Accordion Day events, and we know of many events happening internationally. My own contribution this year is the publication of a book, ‘Accordion Anthology’, which is published in the UK on May 6th and is available through Accordions Worldwide.

However you spend World Accordion Day, I hope you enjoy your accordion music. In many respects the world we live in is a gloomy and serious place, and those of us who play the accordion have our own personal antidote in this wonderful and incredibly versatile instrument.

The French express it beautifully when they say vive l'accordéon!!

Rob Howard

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New Book Launch of ‘Accordion Anthology’ by Rob Howard, Stockport – UK

‘Accordion Anthology’ book cover‘Accordion Anthology’The book launch of ‘Accordion Anthology’ is on World Accordion Day, with the aim of highlighting the historical information in this new book as well as the historical significance of World Accordion Day.

‘Accordion Anthology’ is a variety of accordion related articles and biographies. This book is a successor to the author’s An A to Z of the Accordion series, but has a larger page size format and has chapters instead of the alphabetical format.

There are six chapters:
- Getting to Know the Accordion
- Accordions
- Articles of General Interest
- CD/DVD/Book Reviews,
- Biographical Writings, and Yesterday
- Today and Tomorrow

Accordion Anthology is a high quality production, an A4 sized hardback, lavishly illustrated with 320 photographs, mainly in colour, and is intended for the accordion enthusiast.

The articles include:
Getting to Know the Accordion; Making a start; Some Useful Contacts; Accordion Tips and Hints (written by Steve Roxton); Be a Better Player (by Rosemary Wright); Use of the Couplers (by James Sexton); Playing For Others (by Rosemary Wright); The Ken Hopkins Accordion Collection; Manfrini Accordions (Robert Rolston’s revival of a great manufacturing name); Evolution of the Accordion (by Colin, Alastair and Margaret Norton, of ScotlandAccordions.co.uk); Melodica, Accordina, Steirische Harmonica; The Accordion Concerto; The accordion and pop music; Accordion Festivals; Accordion Dynasties; Northern Ireland Open Championships; Zuckerbrod & Peytsche; Tales & Trivia; More Tales & Trivia; Polka and the Accordion; Reviews; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

The Biographical Writings include six autobiographical articles:
Jack Emblow, David Vernon, Freeland Barbour, Gordon Pattullo, John Jones MBE, Paul Chamberlain, and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano.

Biographical entries:
Amanda Robinson, André Verchuren, Brandon McPhee, Dawn Loombe, Dermot Lyons, Eddie Hession, Finbarr Dwyer, Gary Forrest, Bartosz Glowacki, Matthew MacLennan, Gervasio Marcosignori, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Jackie Hearst, Nathan Carter, Joe Cooley, John Leslie, Ksenija Sidorova, Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo, Kosmos Ensemble, Lars Ek, Igor Outkine, Leonard Brown, Malachy Cairns, Michael Coyne, Martynas Levickis, V. Marceau, Stewart Walker, and William Hanna.

The prices for Accordion Anthology are:
UK - £15 + £3 p/p = £18
EU - 19 Euro + 8 Euro p/p = 27 Euro
USA - 22 USD + 15 USD p/p = 37 USD

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

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Results online: 12th World Music Festival, Innsbruck, 5th to 8th May 2016 – Austria

12th World Music Festival, 2016, Innsbruck - Austria
Results online for the 12th World Music Festival, 5th to 8th May at: 2016InsbrReport

The results, event schedule and other information including the 28 page Invitation Booklet and Regulations, the jury list, is also online. Report pictures and video coming.

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Arseniy Strokovskiy (Russia) Wins Klingenthal 2016 - Germany

International Accordion Competition Klingenthal
The 53rd International Accordion Competition Klingenthal was held from the 3rd to 8th May 2016.

A report with results and photos is online at: 2016 Klingenthal

The laureates of Category IV Open Solo were:
1st Arseniy Strokovskiy (Russia)
2nd Aleksander Stachowski (Poland)
3rd. Leo Herzog (German).

The laureates of Category VI Virtuoso Entertainment were:
1st Daniele Carabetta (Italy)
2nd Maxime d'Errico (France)
3rd Nocolae Guto (Rep. Moldau)

Picture below: 1st Arseniy Strokovskiy (Russia)
1st Arseniy Strokovskiy (Russia)

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Concert Dedicated to World Accordion Day, Moscow - Russia

Alexander Selivanov  and  Mikhail Bourlakov
posterLast week there was a most interesting and special concert featuring accordion, in a very prestigious hall, which never happened before. This concert was dedicated to World Accordion Day.

The venue, the Main Stage of the Concert Hall of Moscow State Conservatory "Tchaikovsky" is one of most prestigious and well known classic concert stages in the world.

Since 1901 pianists, violinists, conductors and singers of the highest calibre have performed on this famous stage.To appear there just in orchestra or in a short recital already is a big honor. To play a solo concert is very exclusive.

And especially this stage is important for accordionists with so very few accordion appearances in this long history. Perhaps this is the first time in the long history that has happened a full evening concert in two parts featuring accordion.

Mikhail Bourlakov, docent of Gnesin, Russian Academy of Music, with his ensemble "ClassicForum" performed in the first part of the concert program, music by Astor Piazzolla.

In second part of the concert, the chamber choir of the Moscow Conservatory and the chamber group "New Music" which included accordionists Mikhail Bourlakov and Alexander Selivanov, directed by Alexander Solovyov, made a premiere Moscow performance of the composition "Misa a Buenos Aires" by Argentinian composer Martin Palmieri. This music combined genres of Mass and Tango.

The Moscow State Conservatory "Tchaikovsky" Hall has over 1,700 seats and this night, the concert hall was full.

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Closing Date for Entries, International Week of Accordion "Alcobaça 2016" – Portugal

International Week of Accordion The International Week will include the 21st National Trophy as well as the 2nd Accordion International Contest on May 13th, 14th and 15th. These championships include solo, duo, trio and orchestral sections.

Download the poster schedule (right), entry forms and competition regulations in English at: 2016Alcobaca.pdf

The closing date for entries is May 6th 2016
 
Aníbal Freire is the President of the Accordion Association of Alcobaça, Portugal.

For further information email: info.asacord@gmail.com

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


MAA World Accordion Day Gala Concert, TV Appearances, Newspapers - Macedonia

Macedonian Association of Accordionists concert posterThe Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika” Skopje is delighted to invite you to the World Accordion Day Gala Concert which will be held at Macedonian National Theatre Skopje on May 8th.

Performing are renowned accordion artists from Macedonia and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Mozart, Derbenko, Bete Ilin (picture below right), Semjonov, Piazzolla and others.

The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists with various events and successful realization of concerts at home and abroad.

This year, for the eighth time, the association organizes a solemn concert marking the celebration of the International holiday and birthday of the instrument accordion. The project is supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Macedonia.

An article with the information about the eighth World Accordion Day, being held on the 187th birthday of the accordion, will be published in all main newspapers in Macedonia. During this week, President of MAA, Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, will promote the event appearing live on the National TV programs.

View the report of these activities on World Accordion Day in the coming days.
Bete Ilin, Professor Zorica Karakutovska

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World Accordion Day Concert in Mumbai - India

Look at World Accordion Day for full details of the concert by Brij Narain Mathur with an orchestra comprised of top musicians from the Indian Film Industry.

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Video: Sergey Osokin April Concert, Moscow - Russia

Excerpts from the latest concert by Sergey Osokin, 5th April at the Big Hall, Music School V. Kalinnikov, Moscow. Excerpts of this concert were also published last week.

Sergey Osokin is a past winner of international accordion competitions and now tutor at the Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music.

Sergey Osokin concert program was:
C.Thomain – Shopping &Shocking valses
A.V.Damme – Deep purple, My Blue Heaven
P.Whiteman – Whispering
S.Osokin – Spring valse
M.Ferrero – Averse
J.F.Baez – El Nino, Nikita, Lilichka
K.Weill – Mack the Knife
A.Astier – L’Aqualon
A.Zfasman - Unhappy Meeting

Further video excerpts from this concert will be published new week.
Three CD's available online at: Sergey Osokin

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Passing of Mort Herold (1926 to 2016) - USA

Mort HeroldMort Herold passed away peacefully at age 90 on May 1, 2016 in Cape Cod, MA.

Some highlights of his career:
Mort Herold was a founding member of the Chicago Accordion Club.

After the WWII, Mort appeared in his own radio show on WCFL,"Rhapsodies in Velvet" for two and a half years.

In 1948 he gave a solo accordion concert in the Chicago Opera House before a capacity audience of 1800 persons, concluding with the premier of Galla-Rini's first Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mort served as adjudicator and performing artist for numerous state accordion festivals, lectured at the MENC, and founded the accordion department at Vandercook College, and he served as president of the ATG, for many years.

Picture below, left to right: Mort Herold with some very well known accordion friends, Lou Coppola, Frank Marocco, Manny Bobenrieth and Dr. Carmelo Pino. This picture was taken in June 2006 just prior to Frank Marocco receiving his AAA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Photos are courtesy of Lou Coppola.

A fuller obituary written by Lou Coppola is published in the USANews, 1st May 2016 edition.
Mort Herold, Lou Coppola, Frank Marocco, Manny Bobenrieth and Dr. Carmelo Pino.

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World Accordion Day Video Release: Premiere of Stas Venglevski Work - USA.

Look at World Accordion Day for full details.

Video of University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Chamber Ensemble performing premiere of“Blue Swan and Fuga for Accordion Ensemble" composed by Stas Venglevski. ATG promoting Original Music on World Accordion Day.

Members of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Chamber Ensemble (left to right): Cathy Weiss, Betty Jo Simon, Ron Barrow, Kevin Friedrich, Samantha Wagner, Joyce Davis, and Joan Sommers, who serves as director as well.

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Video: Alexander Poeluev and the New-Centropezn Jazz Quartet - Russia

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Video 1: Alexander Poeluev and the New-Centropezn Jazz Quartet plus the Circus Studio perform Basso Ostinato by Victor Vlasov.

Video 2: Alexander Poeluev and the New-Centropezn Jazz Quartet plus the Circus Studio perform Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla.

27 March "Accordion Fringe" concert during the 2016 International Competition and Festival "Accordion Plus" from 26th to 30th March 2016 in Rostov-on-Don, organised by the International Music Centre "Harmony".

Aram Rustamyants (piano), Andrew Machnev (saxophone), Vitaly Perov (bass), Gregory Deratsuev (drums), Exemplary circus studio "RIAN", director - Elena Kuzmina Arsentevna.

Concert artist Alexander Poeluev lives in Rostov-on-Don and is a former Coupe Mondiale winner, who has performed extensively in many different countries of Asia, South Pacific, North America and Europe. CD at: apoeluev01

The International Music Centre "Harmony" are hosting the 2016 Coupe Mondiale in Rostov-on-Don from 11th to 17th September 2016.

Thank you to "Harmony" and Vladimir Bershov for providing the videos.

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Future events


Piazzolla’s Tango Opera, London – UK

Piazzolla’s Tango Opera poster‘Maria de Buenos Aires’, an opera written by Astor Piazzolla, will be performed in The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1, on six dates in May and June. Tickets £25.

The dates include May 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, and June 3rd and 4th. Doors at 10pm – Performance starts at 10.30pm. For those who would like to tango into the wee hours there will be an after party till 2am.

The advance publicity says: Descend into the Vaults and mingle with the lowlife of old Buenos Aires: thieves, card sharps, pimps and whores. The Narrator will relate the story of the maestro of the bandoneon, Piazzolla’s muse, María, a prostitute born in the slums “one day when God was drunk … with a curse in her voice.” Maria is seduced by the rhythms of the tango and soon becomes “the most sorcerous singer and lover” in Buenos Aries. But her “fatal passion” arouses the wrath of the languishing Piazzolla, who, driven to madness by Maria’s unrelenting freedom, conspires with a group of robbers and brothel madames to murder her. After her death, her Shadow returns to haunt the sordid streets she once walked, and only then does Piazzolla realise the error of his ways: “Maria is music!” A modern day Passion Play, full of religious allusions and black humour, set to a soundtrack of tangos, milongas and waltzes.

This intimate 90-minute masterpiece featuring an 11 piece orchestra will be presented in the setting of an abandoned carnival. After the performance guests who, like María herself, refuse to depart the scene will be invited to tango into the small hours at our after show party.

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Mazaika Concerts, London - UK

The duo MazaikaThe duo Mazaika – Igor Outkine (accordion, vocals) and Elizabeth Harrison (violin) – perform a ‘Spring Masquerade’ concert on Saturday May 7th, 7pm until 11pm, at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Park Rd, London. Their program includes music by Vivaldi, Strauss, Henry Mancini, pop songs, and much more.

On Monday May 9th, Mazaika perform their annual ‘Victory Day’ concert at Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA. This is an evening of songs, poetry and foot-tapping nostalgia to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. There will be many favourite 1940s songs and tunes from Mazaika Duo, and the most memorable war poetry performed by Tatiana Schofield and Elena Dobson.

For further information email: igor.outkine@yahoo.com

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Gianni Mirizzi Concert, San Cesareo (RM) – Italy

Gianni MirizziGianni Mirizzi performs in concert on Saturday May 7th, 9pm, at the Teatro Auditorium ‘Giulanco’, Viale dei Cedri, San Cesareo (RM), Italy.

Gianni Mirizzi began his musical studies at the age of 8, initially driven by a family tradition. One of his greatest influences is Pino Di Modugno, who inspired him to love the accordion even more. He participated in several accordion competitions, winning several first places, and studied technique with Giancarlo Caporilli. Mirizzi has performed at festivals in several European countries.

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No 1 Ladies Orchestra Concerts, London - UK

No 1 Ladies Orchestra posterNo 1 Ladies Orchestra (Jane Ward) perform concerts on Saturday evening May 7th, 8pm, and on Sunday afternoon May 8th, 2.30pm, at The Old Church, Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 9ES.

The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra was founded in 2010 by accordionist Karen Tweed, bringing together female accordion players from all corners of the UK, with a shifting line-up of up to sixteen performers. This all-squeezing, cake-loving, tea-drinking band of lovely talented ladies has enthralled audiences across the country, in village halls, ballrooms, festivals, fetes, parties, piers and pavilions. With the unexpected sounds of multiple accordions played with sensitivity, versatility and a unique style of charming idiosyncrasy, many an accordion-phobe has been made to think twice!

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World Accordion Day Performance – Guatemala

The Club del Acordeón de Guatemala, consisting of 13 accordionists, will perform in honour of World Accordion Day by performing on Monday May 9th, 6.30pm, at the Club Italiano de Guatemala, 2A Avenida 9-95, Guatemala City.

For further information email: gonzalezgt@gmail.com

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Sofia Ros Gonzalez Recital, Santander – Spain

Sofia Ros Gonzalez posterSofia Ros Gonzalez performs a classical recital for her Conservatory graduation on Thursday May 12th, 8pm, at Espacio Joven, Cuesto del Hospital, Santander, Spain. Her program includes music by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, and Galliano.

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Zoltan Orosz and Attila Bardoczy Concert, Budapest – Hungary

Zoltan Orosz and Attila Bardoczy poster
Accordionist Zoltan Orosz and vocalist Attila Bardoczy perform together on Thursday May 12th, 7pm, at the Ëgoist Café, 1054 Budapest.

Zoltan Orosz studied both the accordion and the organ at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, and later at the Franz Liszt College, Budapest. He has since pursued a very successful international career as an accordionist, with several recordings to his credit.

For further information email: info@harmonika.hu

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Howard (Schmenge) Chapman Gigs, Calgary – Canada

Howard (Schmenge) ChapmanCanadian accordionist Howard (Schmenge) Chapman performs this month, as follows:

Friday May 13th, 6pm to 9pm – Austrian-Canadian Club, 3112 - 11st NE Calgary
Friday May 20th, 6pm to 9pm – Austrian-Canadian Club, 3112 - 11st NE Calgary
Saturday May 28th, 6pn to 10pm - Lorenzo’s, Enderby BC

Howard (Schmenge) Chapman, from Calgary Alberta, has played the accordion since 1960, and in 1968 began teaching accordion and guitar. Howard was classically trained and attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1974 to 1976 where he received Grade 10 on accordion. Since then Howard (Schmenge) Chapman has performed professionally in and around the Calgary area in a variety of venues and music festivals, and served as the Musical Director for the Kelly Jay Benefit and the Amos Garrett Benefit both held in Calgary.

Howard did the background music on accordion, playing 2 French pieces, in the TV movie ‘Heart Full of Rain’, which was filmed in the Calgary area. Howard also has been in the TV series ‘Hell On Wheels’ Season One playing a 19th Century accordion as well as Season Three playing guitar, and in the movie the ‘Klondike’ where he played a 19th Century accordion in a 10 piece band.

For further information email: howardchapman954@gmail.com

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Marko Kassl Diary Dates – Germany, Netherlands

Marko KasslAustrian accordionist Marko Kassl has the following forthcoming forthcoming dates:

Friday May 13th, 8pm – Klangbrucke Aachen, Kurhausstr. 1, D-52062 Aachen, Germany
Thursday May 26th, 10.45pm – De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, NL-3012 CL Rotterdam
Saturday June 4th, 6.30pm/8.45pm – Nachtaktiv, Schouwburgplein 50, NL-3012 CL Rotterdam

For further information email: info@marko-kassl.de

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Romano Viazzani @ Classics at the Villa, Hertfordshire – UK

Romano ViazzaniAccordionist Romano Viazzani entertains at this year’s ‘Classics at the Villa’ car show, held on Sunday May 22nd, 9.30am until 4.30pm, at Villa Scalabrini, Green Street, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9BB.

Romano Viazzani is very excited to be playing a variety of music from opera, Neapolitan serenades, tango, Italian and American standards and jazz on accordion alongside John Bailey on piano, Nick Pini on double bass, Richard Jones on violin, Jason Reeve on drums, with the beautiful operatic voice of Anna Greco at this event

‘Classics at the Villa’ is organised by a group of Italians passionate about cars and food. This fantastic event is set on 25 acres of attractive gardens distinguishes itself due to its Italian food offering and the fact that all money raised goes to charity. So come along and expect a warm Italian welcome. All makes and models are welcomed from Supercars to classic cars, bikes, campervans, specials, etc.

For further information email: info@classicsatthevilla.com

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New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Franck Angelis Solo and Duets Information - France

Franck AngelisUpdated information about Franck Angelis (picture left) and about his solo and duet compositions:

ang556 Impasse (Solo)
ang557 Hommage A Paco (Duet)
ang558 Impasse II (Duet)
ang559 Toccata (Duet)
ang560 Haiti (Duet)
ang561 Haiti (Solo)
ang562 Comastor (Duet)
ang563 Moscou-Paris (Duet)
ang566 Hommage A Paco (Solo)
ang567 Beijing 2011 (Solo)

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Updated Joe Cerrito Site: New Video, Ave Maria by Joe Cerrito

Joe CerritoUpdated site with new video. Joe Cerrito (accordion) and Alex Dilan (organ) accompanying soprano Michelle Giglio in Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini.

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Updated Arrangement: Indifference Arranged by Gary Dahl - USA

Indifference arranged by Gary DahlGary DahlUpdated Arrangement: Indifference arranged by well known teacher, performer and arranger Gary Dahl. Catalog: DH0076 View sample page.

Any clients who have already purchased this music may email for the updated arrangement which will be provided by email to you without charge.

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Updated Site: Grayson Masefield New and Updated Videos - Switzerland

Grayson MasefieldGrayson  Masefield, multi Coupe Mondiale champion, has had the video page of his website updated with new videos in mp4 format. www.accordions.com/gmasefield/

Videos for viewing include original works for accordion, transcriptions (solo and chamber music) and entertainment works.

New publicity pictures online. www.accordions.com/gmasefield/

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Updated Site, Milwaukee Accordion Club, May to August Events - USA

Milwaukee Accordion Club
Updated Site: Milwaukee Accordion Club with meetings for the next few months:

Monday - May 23, 2016, Mac Members Perform.
Monday - June 27, 2016 Ryan Kautzer and his Yankovic Tribute Band are visiting from Wisconsin.
Monday - July 25, 2016 Yard Dog Charlie from the swamp of South West Florida with his belnd of Canjun, Zydeco, blue grass and country.
Sunday - August 21, 2016 is the Mac Annual Picnic and Jam.

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