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Weekly News from Around the World - 17-Nov-2023
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2024 National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention - USA
Premio International Music Art Festival – Italy
1st Squeeze Day in Bavaria - Germany
Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Free Postage Worldwide, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France
Online Competition: CMA Trophée Mondial Live Result Announcement - CMA 2023
Aotango Quintet - Live at the Museum - New Zealand
6th Prix Annelie De Man Festival – Netherlands

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

Concert to Congratulate Friedrich Lips on his 75th Birthday - Russia
Christmas Sheet Music by MusicForAccordion.com
Midland Accordion Festival 2023, West Bromwich – UK
Maria Telesheva Awarded Special Scholarship: Interview on October 4 for KEZI 9 TV News - USA

Future events

Orchestre des Accordéonistes de Lausanne Annual Concert - Switzerland
Kennet Accordion Orchestra Charity Concert – England
2nd Bellows and Beverages Social Event - Australia
“Taraf Syriana” Performs at Chutzpah! Festival - Canada
Sergey Osokin: "Jazz Accordion and Russian Folk Orchestra" Concert, Moscow - Russia
“A Candlelight Christmas 2023” Concert – New Zealand
Eric Bouvelle Performs at Dancing Gala – France
“Duo Hoog” Performs in Tallinn – Estonia
Accordion Band Session Night – Northern Ireland

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ATG 2024 Festival Honors Joan Cochran Sommers - USA
2024 CIA Winter Congress, 23-25 February 2024, Kungsbacka - Sweden
New Article: 75th Anniversary of the Faculty of Folk Instruments: Gnessin Russian Academy of Music - Russia
2024 AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition - USA

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2024 National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention - USA

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Rick CusterThe National Accordion Association (NAA) annual convention will be held from March 20th to 24th, 2024 at the Hilton Gardens in Lewisville, Texas, USA. For those arriving early, Wednesday evening will be a relaxed time of “meet and greet” and perhaps jam a bit with old friends.

Download: 2024NAA-Schedule.pdf

The Convention Coordinator is Rick Custer (picture left)

This 2024 Convention will be the most exciting convention ever. Lewisville is diligently working to identify itself as a Music City. To that end we are partnering with the city of Lewisville and the Texas Music Association to promote the convention inside Texas and the surrounding states. Texas music style as well as other genres will be represented.

The event will focus on the overall education of accordionists regardless of their musical skill levels. The objective is to contribute to the success of the musician in training and teaching basic theory and physical skills, practicing those skills, and performing what has been learned.

Musicians of all skill levels are invited to play popular and familiar music in a band consisting of two or three accordion parts in easy to play arrangements.

Throughout the day in individual classroom settings, what is taught will be practiced and performed by individual students. Evening jam sessions will be facilitated by teaching professionals using downloadable, printable, easy-to-moderate arrangements of popular genres.

There will also be an open mic night, a Party Night, Saturday night banquet, a Dealers’ room, and a technician on premises to make repairs on your accordion.

For further updates check the website at: NAA - National Accordion Convention
NAA team

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Premio International Music Art Festival – Italy

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Premio International Music Art FestivalThe Premio International Music Art Festival will be held in San Vittore del Lazio, Frosinone Province, Lazio, Italy from November 24th to 26th, 2023. The Artistic Director is Giampiero Giangrande.

The event will feature a jazz accordion masterclass with Renzo Ruggieri on November 26th from 5pm.

A competition will be held in the Council Chamber of the S. Vittore del Lazio Town Hall with age categories for musicians of any nationality.

Accordion classes are:

I Section (Classical Accordion)
• I Classical Accordion Soloists
• I Classical Accordion Ensemble (from two components onwards in which at least one member plays the accordion)

II Section (variety accordion and digital accordion)
• II Accordion Soloists, Variety and Digital Accordion
• II Variety accordion and digital accordion ensembles (two members plus) in which at least one member plays accordion)

III Section (Bandoneon)
• III Bandoneon Soloists
• III Bandoneon ensemble (two members plus) in which at least one member plays the bandoneon)

V Section (Accordion)
• V Accordion Soloists
• V Accordion ensemble (from two components in which at least one member plays the accordion)

Competition entries close on November 18th, 2023. For details email: associazione.musicart.2023@gmail.com

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1st Squeeze Day in Bavaria - Germany

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The 1st Squeeze Day will be held at the "Zum Michlbauer" Inn in the Bavarian Forest, Röhrnbach, Bavaria, Germany on November 25th, 2023 from 1.30pm.

The event is open to all accordionists (young and old) and enthusiasts and will feature an accordion exhibition by Schmidt and Müller Harmonica and a concert by world champion Rene Kogler.

Admission is free of charge.

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Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

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Christmas giftsChristmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2023 Xmas Gift Ideas.

These ideas have been compiled to hopefully attract your Xmas gift money to be spent with accordion artists, composers, arrangers and publishers.

Please support accordion artistry and choose from over 2,400 eSheet pieces, 310 CD/DVD’s, 2,000 eTracks, 1,000 plus printed works and numerous books (text) to choose from. 2023 Xmas Gift Ideas

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Free Postage Worldwide, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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Merry Christmas logoFree Postage Worldwide Special:
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English

Free Postage Special:
In French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special:
Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English.

Free Postage Special:
In French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).
Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon, L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore

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Online Competition: CMA Trophée Mondial Live Result Announcement - CMA 2023

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Online Competition: Live Result Announcement of Trophée Mondial De L'accordéon and International Open Trophy 2023 presented by Frederic Deschamps (CMA president) and Raymond Bodell (CMA Vice President). Saturday 18 and Sunday 19th of November - 18.30 CET

Facebook and youtube broadcast details are listed on the posters above. Event schedule: 2023CMA-Schedule

Categories
IOT 8 = 18 & under Variete
IOT 9 = 18 & under Classic
IOT 10 = 18-35 Variete,
IOT 11 = 18-35 Classique,
IOT 11B = 36+ Classique
Trophée Mondial Masters category : Final Results.

Live interview of the winners and their teachers

CMA Official Sponsor presentations : Michele Moreschi- Paolo Soprani, the Italian accordion, Nicholas Tiranti - Tiranti Fisarmoniche, Gianluca Pica - Ergonomic Accordion Straps - Evolution GP, Hohner Music Accordions - Modèle Fun Wood + Artist Ji-Bé Baudin

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Aotango Quintet - Live at the Museum - New Zealand

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Concert & Milonga by Aotango will be held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum South Atrium on December 11th, 2023 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Enjoy a dynamic performance in honor of the International Day of Tango! The celebrated quintet Aotango will take you on a musical journey celebrating tango music and dance featuring some of Auckland’s top tango dancing talent.

Presented in two parts, the evening will open with a concert program of tango and world music and conclude with a milonga, open for dancers to dance a tanda (a set of tangos) or a waltz in the stunning setting of Auckland Museum. Enjoy the vibrant Milonga ambience with delicious food from the Tuitui Café.

Aotango features Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) Concertmaster and violinist Andrew Beer, NZTrio pianist Somi Kim at our Fazioli grand piano, APO Principal Bassist Gordon Hill, renowned jazz guitarist Sam Swindells and world champion accordionist Grayson Masefield.

General Admission $40, Members $36 Door sales $45
Tickets online: https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/whats-on/evenings/live-at-the-museum-Aotango

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6th Prix Annelie De Man Festival – Netherlands

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Black PencilThe 6th Prix Annelie De Man Festival will be held at the Orgelpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands from November 29th to December 3rd, 2023.

The festival features a colourful program full of contemporary music from both Dutch and international composers. Several world premieres will be performed. “Black Pencil” (picture left) is the “Ensemble in Residence” during the Prix Annelie de Man.

Festival program:

• November 29th at 8.15pm: Opening concert - Ivan Božicevic (1961) White Birds (2022/23) world premiere for recorder, pan flute, viola, accordion, percussion and hyper organ (Ivan Božicevic).
• November 30th at 8.15pm: Works for ensemble Black Pencil and harpsichord with Ere Lievonen.
• December 1st at 8.15pm: Works by the finalists of the composer competition. They are Niccolò Angioni (1992-Italy) - Unconscious Patterns; Nikodem Kluczynski (1999-Poland) - Black hole disco interference; and Ruud Roelofsen (1985-Netherlands) - Wraith II. The winner of the Black Pencil Prize 2023 will be announced during the final concert of the Prix Annelie de Man on December 3rd.
• December 3rd at 8.15pm: Final concert - Roderik de Man (1941): Extravaganza (2023) world premiere - 6 harpsichords (Piibe Talen, Liuba Titarenko, Elena Khurgina, Jane Chapman, Kristian Nyquist, Menno van Delft), 3 organs (Ere Lievonen, Silvia Máquez) and Ensemble Black Pencil.

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Concert to Congratulate Friedrich Lips on his 75th Birthday - Russia

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Video: Allow time for video to load, concert starts at 15:40
Concert program: Lips75thProgram.pdf

Benefit of Bayan. Stars of 21st Century. Picture top: Friedrich Lips and Semion Shmelkov.

Picture left: Olzhas Nurlanov
Picture above right: Leonid-Florin Muravyov

Accordion virtuosos, winners of renowned international competitions such as Josef Purits, Aydar Salakhov, Semion Shmelkov and other students of the brilliant accordionist/bayanist and professor at the Gnessin Academy Friedrich Lips performed popular original works and arrangements for accordion/bayan. The concert on November 10th, was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Yelena Fabianova Gnessina, the 75th anniversary of the Bayan and Accordion Faculty of the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music and the 75th anniversary of the People's Artist of Russia, Friedrich Lips, who also moderated the concert.

Josef Purits is a winner of more than thirty international competitions, including the “Peace Trophy” in Spokane (USA) and the accordion competition in Klingenthal (Germany). He performed the famous “Andante cantabile” by Tchaikovsky and the enchanting “Presto” by Poulenc.

Aydar Salakhov, winner of the competitions in Klingenthal (Germany) and Arrassate Hiria (Spain), presented his own compositions and improvisations. His playing captivated the audience from the first moment with his sincerity and perfect mastery of the instrument. With his unique playing style he opened up new possibilities for the Bayan.

The creative achievements of Semion Shmelkov, lecturer in the Bayan and Accordion Faculty at the Russian Gnessin Music Academy, left an equally impressive impression. Winner of a dozen international competitions, author of an educational program in the field of musical art “Folk Instruments” and a number of teaching aids, Semion Shmelkov will perform a composition by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century - Rodion Shchedrin.

The brilliant overture of the concert was the great symphonic poem “Orawa” - a creation of the famous Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, the author of the music for a number of famous films. The work was performed by the Duo Fusion, consisting of bayanist Nikita Ukrainsky, teacher at the Gnessin Music Academy, and accordionist Ilona Savina, graduate of the Gnessin Academy and already a teacher at the Moscow State Music Academy in Kuskovo.

A discovery for many was the performance of the 24-year-old bayanist from Kazakhstan Olzhas Nurlanov, 2021 first prize winner of the prestigious international competition Coupe Mondiale in Munich. For the first time in the history of this competition organized by the International Accordion Federation Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), the first prize went to a Kazakh artist.

The incredible expressive possibilities of the instrument were demonstrated by Chinese accordionist Jinghan Lin, who performed the complex “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns, and accordionist Anton Dovbnya, who chose Waxman’s brilliant “Fantasy” on themes from Bizet’s opera “Carmen” for the concert.

One of the most striking numbers of the program was Marcel Dupré's organ masterpiece “Prelude and Fugue” in G minor, interpreted by Ruslan Kochkin, but the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the performance of a unison of nine bayanists with the “Rondo Capriccioso” by Vladislav Zolotaryov – a large-scale work that amazed with its symphonic scope.

Other participants in the concert were Robert Alevetdinov, Rafael Sapukov, Leonid-Florin Muravyov, Timur Galinurov, Arslan Aliyev, Sergei Gluchich and Alexander Eizold.

Concert program: Lips75thProgram.pdf

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Christmas Sheet Music by MusicForAccordion.com

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Merry ChristmasSanta playing accordionView the list of Christmas sheet music and books available in eSheet format (pdf file sent to you by email) or printed (sent to you by post).

With each order you will receive free of charge, a copy of the Gary Dahl arrangement of 'Angels We Have Heard on High'.

View the Christmas list of music at: 2023Christmas

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Midland Accordion Festival 2023, West Bromwich – UK

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This year's Midland Accordion Festival, held at the Mercure Birmingham West Hotel in West Bromwich, from November 10th to 13th, was a full-on weekend of accordion music. From the moment the festival began on Friday afternoon with sets from Jovan Rnjak and Helen Rich, it was music all the way, with something happening all the time. The festival included a trade show, featuring the accordion books authored by Rob Howard, the Birmingham Accordion Centre, Squeezebox UK, and Caroline Hunt’s antique accordions display.

The orchestra workshops were all well attended, culminating in excellent performances on Sunday afternoon, followed by the usual raffle in aid of the Birmingham Children's Hospital. The workshops were Vintage Orchestra (MD Jean Hanger), Scottish Orchestra (MD Helen Rich), Intermediate Orchestra (MD Nigel Pasby), and Elementary (MD Jean Hanger). Helen Rich filled in at late notice for Angie Lukins, who missed the festival through illness, and did a splendid job.

The main guests were Igor Sayenko (Ukraine), David Vernon, Leonard Brown, Stefan Andrusyschyn & Denise Leigh (soprano), Julie Best & Jean Corrighan, The Northern Lasses, and Barry Smith & Roger Crawford (drums). Their performances offered a great variety of styles and entertainment, supplemented by excellent support from Harry Hussey, Helen Rich, Rosemary Wright, Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton, Jovan Rnjak, and Anne & Stewart Towe.

Barry Smith, to whom all present owe a huge debt of thanks, was the organiser of this great jamboree of squeezing.

For further information email: accordions2010@hotmail.co.uk

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Maria Telesheva Awarded Special Scholarship: Interview on October 4 for KEZI 9 TV News - USA

Maria TeleshevaVideo: Maria Telesheva Interview for KEZI 9 TV News October 4th, 2023

Maria Telesheva is one of 15 recipients of a new scholarship fund established in memory of a NEHS staff’s son. The Elijah Taylor Memorial Grant was established in honor of librarian Amary Taylor’s son that passed away in a car crash when he was 11 years old about seven years ago. In a matter of weeks, Taylor and school staff established the fund, raised more than $5,000, took in applications, and handed out 15 awards to the selected winners, one for each student who applied.

The grants allowed students to pursue a passion project this summer, ranging from a summer academy program with the New York Times to a youth search and rescue program. Maria Teleshev, who seeks to pursue her dream of a career as a musician received an Elijah Taylor Memorial Grant scholarship. “One of the most important things in life is to pursue your dream,” Maria said. “I have been told many times in life when I was younger that music is just a hobby… and it might be for some people… but for me I truly believe I can have a career… in music.”

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Orchestre des Accordéonistes de Lausanne Annual Concert - Switzerland

Orchestre des Accordéonistes de Lausanne Annual Concert
The Orchestre des Accordéonistes de Lausanne (OAL) will hold their Annual Concert in Vufflens-La-Ville, Canton of Vaud in Switzerland on November 18th, 2023.

The event will take place in the form of a concert meal prepared by the group that will “delight your taste buds before delighting your ears with a varied and dynamic program”.

The orchestra is conducted by Noémie Vioget.

See poster for details.

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Kennet Accordion Orchestra Charity Concert – England

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The Kennet Accordion Orchestra will hold a charity concert at the United Church in Winchester, Hampshire, England on November 18th, 2023, from 3pm to 5pm.

The special guest will be Ukrainian accordionist, Volodymyr Vasylenko.

Entry is free with a collection towards the DEC Ukrainian Appeal.

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2nd Bellows and Beverages Social Event - Australia

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The Accordion Society of Australia (ASA) Victoria is proud to present the 2nd Bellows and Beverages social event at the Open Studio Bar in Northcote, Victoria, Australia on November 18th, 2023 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and experience the accordion in a warm, friendly atmosphere over food and drink. Bring your accordion and share some songs or just come for a chat and listen. Whether you're an accomplished player, just starting out, or simply adore the mesmerizing melodies of the accordion, this event is perfect for you!

The new Bellows & Beverages meetup is beginner inclusive! There will be a friendly and relaxed slow session out the back garden for the first hour. This is a supportive environment for beginners to try some easy scores (courtesy Don Quattrocchi) and build confidence playing with others.

Free entry!

See poster for details.

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“Taraf Syriana” Performs at Chutzpah! Festival - Canada

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“Taraf Syriana” will perform at the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on November 21st, 2023 at 8pm. The event will be held at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, co-presented with Caravan World Rhythms and sponsored by the Community Partner RBC.

The group includes Romani accordionist Sergiu Popa, Naeem Shanwar (qanun), Omar Abou Afach (viola) and Noémy Braun (cello).

They will premier a new program that will also showcase rarely heard Sephardic songs from Syria.

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Sergey Osokin: "Jazz Accordion and Russian Folk Orchestra" Concert, Moscow - Russia

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Sergey Osokin will perform in a concert entitled "Jazz Accordion and Russian Folk Orchestra" at the International House of Music, Schnittke Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 23rd, 2023.

Sergey will perform with the Russian Folk Orchestra "Moscow" (Moscow State Institute of Music. A.G. Schnittke) under the artistic director and conductor, Nikolai Aldanov.

Their program will include Jazz Suite (Tsfasman); Aconcagua, "Four Seasons in Buenos Aires", "Libertango", and "Oblivion" (Piazzolla) as well as "Tango for Claude" and "Margot's Waltz" (Galliano).

The accordion has the ability to convey the entire palette of human emotions, deep sadness and unbridled joy, with both simple melodies and serious academic music and jazz. The concert at the House of Music is dedicated to this topic.

Sergey Osokin is a Russian accordionist who has received recognition in many countries around the world and is a laureate of more than twenty international competitions. He combines academic art, jazz and musette in his work.

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“A Candlelight Christmas 2023” Concert – New Zealand

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Heather GladstoneThe St Alban’s Community Choir under the direction of accordionist Heather Gladstone QSM (picture left) & the New Brighton Silver Band will hold a concert entitled “A Candlelight Christmas 2023” at St Paul’s Parish Church in Christchurch, New Zealand on November 26th, 2023 at 5pm.

Their program will include a variety of Christmas music from around the world.

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Eric Bouvelle Performs at Dancing Gala – France

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A Dancing Gala evening will be held at the Charcuterie de la place, Ferrieres En Gatinais, France on November 26th, 2023.

Entertainers will feature Eric Bouvelle along with Michel Pruvot, Magali Ripoll, James Lesueur and Karine Girault.

For details phone: 03 86 86 74 38

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“Duo Hoog” Performs in Tallinn – Estonia

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“Duo Hoog” will perform at the Hopneri Maja in Tallinn, Estonia on November 30th at 7pm. The duo includes Mikk Langeproon (accordion) and Liina Fidelman (flute).

Their versatile concert program will feature works by Piazzolla, Bolling, Iturralde and others, where “the audience gets a boost from accompanying the artists and experiencing the common sound of the instruments.”

For further details email: info@hopnerimaja.eu

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Accordion Band Session Night – Northern Ireland

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Following the success of their last session night on October 20th, 2023, another "Accordion Band Session Night" will be held at the Randalstown Memorial Orange Hall in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on December 1st, 2023, organised by the Ulster Accordion Bands.

They “will play a mixture of all types of music, hymns, cultural, marches or even a few waltzes or traditional tunes, totally up to you! It will be a Christmas themed night so a few carols and Christmassy tunes are definitely acceptable!”

Everyone is welcome to attend and a donation box will be at the hall if you wish to contribute to the running costs of the night.

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2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
PIF Castelfidardo XXXIV International Festival, Moscow  Daily Reports
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Beniamino Bugiolacchi Chronology of Production of Italian Accordions Article Link
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ATG 2024 Festival Honors Joan Cochran Sommers - USA

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ATG JoanThe 2024 Festival Extravaganza, celebrating Prof. Joan C. Sommers 90th year, in Kansas City is shaping up beautifully. For this special celebration, ATG will be offering a total of $10,000 in prize money.

So many performing artists want to be with us to celebrate Joan Sommers’ 90th year, so the line-up of featured artists is truly an extravaganza of talent beginning with our esteemed Joan Cochran Sommers conducting our Festival Orchestra in new works composed for her by Gorka Hermosa (Spain) and Ian Watson (London, UK).

All the evening concerts will be presented at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Performing Arts Center where Joan Sommers served as chair of the Accordion Department for 40 years.

In addition to conducting the Festival Orchestra, Professor Sommers will conduct the UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble in a special program at our 2024 Festival.

The other artists coming from all over the world including Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) who will join with some Kansas City players to present his new tango project, Gorka Hermosa (Spain), Bridge and Wolak (Canada), Das Duo Kollektiv, flute and accordion duo (Austria), our own United States star, Stas Venglevski, and Mirco Patarini, CIA President (Italy).

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2024 CIA Winter Congress, 23-25 February 2024, Kungsbacka - Sweden

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Jörgen SundeqvistWelcome to the 2024 Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Winter Congress and 151st General Assembly of Delegates to be held in Kungsbacka, Sweden.

The Winter Congress is being hosted by our CIA Voting Member Sveriges Dragspelares Riksförbund (SDR) / Swedish Accordion Association, President: Per Romin and CIA Vice President: Jörgen Sundeqvist. Dates are: 23-25 February 2024

Schedule: 2024WinterCongress.pdf

For further information: http://www.accordions.com/cia/cia_winter_congress.php

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New Article: 75th Anniversary of the Faculty of Folk Instruments: Gnessin Russian Academy of Music - Russia

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Friedrich LipsNew article: 75th Anniversary of the Faculty of Folk Instruments at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Russia at:

Video: 75th Anniversary concert of the Faculty of Folk Instruments at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.
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The 75th Anniversary of the Faculty of Folk Instruments was held at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Russia on November 5th, 2023.

The event featured a concert by soloists, groups and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music accordion orchestra directed and conducted by Ruslan Kaneev as well as a speech by Friedrich Lips.

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2024 AAA Elsie M. Bennett Composition Competition - USA

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Elsie BennettTo all composers, whether accordionists or non-accordionists:

The American Accordionists' Association (AAA) cordially invites your participation in the 2024 Elsie Bennett Accordion Composition Competition. Contribute to the growth of contemporary concert works for solo accordion or for the accordion being featured with other instruments.

Full information including the entry form at: 2024Bennett.pdf

Elsie Bennett established the AAA Composers’ Commissioning Committee (CCC) in 1954. See the memorial tribute to Elsie M. Bennett by Faithe Deffner.

For further information about the AAA list of commissioned works, visit http://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions.php

Past Bennett Composition Competition winners and their works may be seen and, in some cases, heard at http://www.ameraccord.com/bennett.php

Entries are welcome from all countries. The entry closing date is April 12, 2024. Winners will be notified by email after July 01, 2024.

For non-accordionist contestants unfamiliar with the accordion, study the manual "Composers Guide to the Piano Accordion" by Robert McMahan at
http://www.ameraccord.com/commissions/ComposersGuide.pdf
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