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Weekly News from Around the World - 19-Apr-2019
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Highlights

Happy Easter from Accordions Worldwide
Hotel Parco in Castelfidaro Becomes an Accordion Theme Hotel - Italy
International Accordion Week of Major Performances with Symphony Orchestra - Italy
Report: XIII International Accordionist's Competition "Ascoltate 2019" - Lithuania
Superb 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China
Video: 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China

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

Concert in Memory of Professor the Ural State Mussorgsky Conservatoire Yuri Petrovich Klyukin - Yekaterinburg
PIF 2019 – Draw Your Accordion - Italy
Closing dates for 2019 Australian International Accordion Championships – Australia
Canadian Band Concerts – UK
Orchestra Concert & Workshop – Germany

Future events

Zydeco Crawfish Festival - USA
Easter Accordion Concert – Malta
Brandon McPhee Concerts - UK
Wanting to Meet Accordionists in Nairobi - Kenya
Los Angeles Accordionaires Pops Orchestra Concert - USA
Accordion Recital - Mexico
2019 Annual Chester Folk Festival – UK

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Happy Easter from Accordions Worldwide

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Hotel Parco in Castelfidaro Becomes an Accordion Theme Hotel - Italy

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On Saturday April 13th a wonderful new event took place at the Hotel Parco in Castelfidardo, where the majority of accordionists and fans coming to Castelfidardo have stayed at least once, in past years.

Hotel directors Milly Cianforlini and Laura Davezza decided to dedicate their hotel to the accordion and invited accordion producers/manufacturers to take part in a “Welcome” afternoon. Music was supplied by the Accordion Orchestra (from the Marche region Tonino) and young children from the Paolo Soprani Music School.

"Don Bruno" the priest of Castelfidardo was present to bless the event and this new idea. Also present was Roberto Ascan (town Mayor), Ruben Cittadini (Culture Councilor of Castelfidardo) and Moreno Pieroni (Culture Councilor of Marche) plus representatives of the participating accordion factories Alessandrini, Baffetti, Beltuna, Binci, Bugari, Excelsior, Fisitalia, Fismen, Galassi, Giustozzi, Italcinte, Moreschi, MusicTech, Ottavianelli, Paolo Soprani, Pasco Italia, Pigini, Scandalli and Zero Sette.

A very intesting speech on the Accordion History of Castelfidardo was given by historian Beniamino Bugiolacchi who was, as always, keen to have the audience participate with interest. Beniamino enjoys telling new little stories about accordion personalities that have visited the city.

The main sponsor of this event was the accordion producer Fisitalia.

The wonderful afternoon was completed with a rich buffet and a delicious accordion cake.

For more photos and information on the event see: Hotel_Parco

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International Accordion Week of Major Performances with Symphony Orchestra - Italy

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International Accordion Week (see poster above) has enjoyed an exciting week of performances featuring accordion with the Symphony Orchestra of Calabria.

16 April - featured several performers in a concert directed by Igor Zubin.
17 April - featured Quadrifoglio by G. Sangeniti and Adios Nonino by A. Piazzolla, soloist Marco Gemeli, directed by Alredo Cornacchia.
17 April - A seminar was held by Massimo Pigini about the study of disciplines related to the construction, classification, history and technology of musical instruments.
18 April - music of Podgaits, Semionov and Zolatariev performed by Friedrich Lips and Mirco Patarini, directed by Alredo Cornacchia.

International Accordion Week 2019 (poster below), has a very exciting night on 24 April, of accordion performances with the Symphony Orchestra of Calabria

1. Bandoneon and Symphony Orchestra, performing music of Piazzolla, Marco Gemelli (bandoneon), Director Filippo Arlia.

2. Accordion and Symphony Orchestra, World Premiere of "Il Mondo Nuovo" composed by Petri Makkonen, Marco Gemelli (accordion), Director Filippo Arlia.

3. Accordion and Symphony Orchestra, World Premiere of
"La Vita Delle Cose" by Renzo Ruggieri, Director Renzo Ruggieri, solist Marco Gemelli (accordion).
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Report: XIII International Accordionist's Competition "Ascoltate 2019" - Lithuania

Ascoltate 2019 program coverThe XIII International Accordionist's Competition "Ascoltate 2019" was held from 5th to 7th April 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Online Report of photos and videos at: 2019Ascoltate

Download the 40 page program at: 2019ProgramAscoltate.pdf

Approximately 300 contestants participated in this very well organised event before an international jury which included (program order): Mirco Patarini (Italy), Kazys Stonkus (Lithuania), Vladislav Pligovka (Belarus), Aleksej Kuznecov (Russia), Nerius Bakula (Lithuania), Piotr Skowronski (Poland), Povilas Velikis (Lithuania), Arturs Noviks (Latvia), Volodymyr Ivanets (Ukraine).

Picture below: Director of Competitions Mindaugas Labanauskas and Ascoltate 2019 Art Director Gražina Lukošiene.
Mindaugas Labanauskas and Gražina Lukošiene

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Superb 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China

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International performers pictureView the major report online of the superbly organised 13th and 14th April 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival: 2019Shanghai

2019Shanghai includes over 40 videos of childrens groups and hundreds of pictures. Next week will feature the 'Belt and Road' Initiative Accordion Concert Tour, where well-known accordion performers from 'Belt and Road' countries like Russia, Serbia, Lithuania and Moldova were performing along with workshops and teacher development forums.

The Shanghai Changning Government and Shanghai Literature and Arts Federation cooperated to organise the 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival. The purpose to promote the national strategy 'Belt and Road' and enriching the public cultural service in Yangtze River Delta region as well as directing Chinese accordion development towards diversification, nationally and internationally.

Download 21 page color Festival Program: 2019FestivalProgramShanghai.pdf
Download 24 page color Concert Program: 2019ConcertsShanghai.pdf
Download printable poster: 2019PosterShanghai.pdf

The first Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival was held in 2006 and there has been a proud history of accordion festivals in the Shanghai region. You can read about past events at:
2006 Shanghai | 2008 Shanghai | 2009 Shanghai | 2011 Coupe Mondiale | 2017ShanghaiConcert | 2018Shanghai
Sponsors: 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival

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Video: 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China

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Further videos from the 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival. View the extensive report of photos and video the 13th and 14th April at: 2019Shanghai

Video 1: Accordion Quintet of Shanghai Normal University

Video 2: One of the many childrens groups that were so nicely presented, well disciplined and trained to move on/off stage and perform from memory.

Video 3: Many groups were theme dressed and this was one of them.

In an awesome display of numbers of young people learning accordion in the Shanghai and Yangtze River areas, two stages were needed for morning and afternoon competitions to timetable all the performing ensembles and orchestras.

2019Shanghai Report includes over 40 videos of childrens groups and hundreds of pictures.

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Concert in Memory of Professor the Ural State Mussorgsky Conservatoire Yuri Petrovich Klyukin - Yekaterinburg

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On Thursday, April 25 at 18:00 in the small Prokofiev hall of Ural State Mussorgsky Conservatory will be held a concert in memory of Professor Yuri Petrovich Klyukin. There are playing students of the class of the National Artist of the Russian Federation Professor Viktor Romanko.

Winners of Russian and international competitions Danil Sharaviev, Timur Shafigulin, Alexander Vokhmyakov, Denis Kushnarev, Maxim Rakhmatullin take part in the concert. The program will include works by composers M. Moshkovsky, A. Shostakovich, A. Repnikova, V. Zolotarev, V. Semenov, V. Zubitsky, E. Derbenko, A. Byzova, F. Angelis and others.

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PIF 2019 – Draw Your Accordion - Italy

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The theme of the 2019 PIF Festival is “Once upon a time… the accordion”. This year, as well as encouraging composers to compose a work for Accordion & Orchestra, the event will include a new category: PIF2019 Draw your Accordion.

The idea of PIF 2019 is to intrigue and attract new generations to the accordion and the whole family of reed instruments. The past generation lived the instrument as something "extremely" popular, a feeling comparatively unknown to the young people of today who do not know it at all. The idea of making a contest of "drawing" seemed perfect because it is aimed at the very young, or the generation of the future. The design must be made on the theme of the festival including at least one image of the accordion to invite the candidates to observe it, meet it and then keep it in memory.

The competition aimed at young people up to 12 years (born in 2007 or later) of any country. There are no entry fees and the closing date for entries is 31st July, 2019.

A panel of experts will analyse the entries and will select 25 to 50 drawings. At a later stage an online voting system will be prepared for the proclamation of the winning picture.

The young winner will be awarded an “Accordion of Castelfidardo” prize and will be invited to present it during the "International Prize of the accordion" which will take place from 18th to 22nd September 2019 in Castelfidardo.

For further information email: info@pifcastelfidardo.it
PIF poster

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Closing dates for 2019 Australian International Accordion Championships – Australia

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Prof. Wang HongyuPrimoz ParovelThe competition closing date for entries into the 2019 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival held at Club Marconi, Sydney, NSW is May 1st, 2019.

The event will be held on June 8th and 9th, organised by the Australian Accordion Teachers Association Inc (AATA).

This year, President Tania Lukic-Marx is thrilled to announce two masterclasses by internationally respected accordion teachers. Prof. Wang Hongyu (picture left – China) is the Artistic Director of the Harbin International Accordion Art Week (Harbin 2018) which attracts competitors and jury from many different countries.

Slovenian accordionist Primoz Parovel (picture right) is a guest adjudicator and will also give a masterclass. An international competition winner, tutor at Academy of Music in Ljubljana in Slovenia, he recently completed a recording of Scarlatti sonatas that has been released by Sony Music.

Guest performers from Poland “Modern Trio” will entertain with their world class blend of accordion with guitar and vocals. This promises to be a highlight of the AATA Gala Concert.

For further view the website at: Australian Accordion Teachers Association (AATA)

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Canadian Band Concerts – UK

Canadian folk music group “Le Vent du Nord” (which includes Réjean Brunet on vocals and diatonic button accordion) entertained at Victoria Hall, Bradford, UK on April 12th as part of their UK tour. The group, who have been getting rave reviews, then performed at Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham on April 13th and Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on April 14th before returning home.

They play traditional Québécois music, as well as original numbers in this style, in French.
Le Vent Du Nord

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Orchestra Concert & Workshop – Germany

The Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling held their 19th orchestra concert & workshop entitled “Playing Together with the Squeeze” (Gemeinsam musizieren mit der Quetsch) on April 4th in Wesseling organised by Anita Brandtstaeter.

The event opened with three different student orchestra performances under the direction of Elena Taran (picture below). Participating students were from the Musikschule Emotio, Akkordeon-Spielkreises Niederkassel and Akkordeon-Orchesters Wesseling.

These young players entertained with two pieces by Jürgen Schmieder, originally written for accordion soloists and arranged for orchestra by Ronny Fugmann.

The orchestra workshop included accordionists that had attended previously plus some brand new participants that had never played in an orchestra before. They presented two very different original compositions for accordion orchestras - "Scherzinetto in C Major" (by Alois Breitfuß) and "Madison Square Dance" (by Johan Nijs).

The audience then enjoyed a solo performance by the youngest member, Julia Keil, followed by a finale performance by the Akkordeon-Orchester Wesseling (conducted by Anita Brandtstäter) who entertained with "Por una Cabeza " (by Carlos Gardel), "Choral and Rock Out (Ted Huggens), "Rock 'n Roll is King" (Electric Light Orchestra), "My Way" (Frank Sinatra) plus German Hits by Christan Bruhn and Willi Ostermann.
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Future events


Zydeco Crawfish Festival - USA

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The 2019 Zydeco & Crawfish Festival will be held at Waterway Village, 225 E. 24th Ave in Gulf Shores, AL on April 20th, 2019. The festival promises hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children's activities offering nonstop fun for all ages.

Zydeco groups including accordionists are Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush (10am), Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers (11.30am), Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers (1.15pm), Chubby Carrier (2.45pm) and Step Rideau (4.30pm).

Admission is free. For further details email: info@harleysports.com

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Easter Accordion Concert – Malta

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An Easter accordion concert will be held at the Parish Hall, Guardamangia, Tal-Pieta on April 23rd at 7pm organised by Philip Agius.

Solo performances will be given by Emanuel Rapa (Irish Jig Medley and España Cañí), Angie Spiteri Hogan (La Donna e Mobile, Canon in D and Over the Waves), Joseph Farrugia (Risveglio Valzer, Italian Suite and Rosamunde), Joseph P. Grima (Por Una Cabeza and La Mer), David Attard (La Partida and Under Paris Skies), Samuel Gatt (Marine's Hymn), Martin Despott (Maltese Medley and Zorba the Greek) and Andrew Micallef (Indifference and Scherzo).

In addition the Santa Maria Accordion Band conducted by Marthese Busuttil Cassar will entertain with a variety of pieces such as Game of Thrones, William Tell, The Sound of Silence and Libertango.

This concert is free of charge. For further information email: ntia68@go.net.mt

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Brandon McPhee Concerts - UK

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One of Scotland’s leading entertainers, Brandon McPhee will perform with his group “Brandon McPhee Band” at the Dunadry Hotel, 2 Islandreagh Drive, Dunadry on April 26th.

The following day (April 27th) he will give a Scottish 'n' Country Show at the Portadown Town Hall, Portadown.

Brandon has won almost every “button-box” competition in the Scottish National calendar, crowning his achievements by gaining the coveted Senior Traditional Scottish Accordion Championship the day before his 18th Birthday! He has also won the Royal National Mod Senior Gold Medalist title in 2012, 2013 &2014, and the Scottish Button Box Accordion Championship in 2012, 2013 & 2014.

He has worked with well known country music artists such as Daniel O’Donnell, Philomena Begley and Foster & Allen. He has toured all over the UK and Ireland and has a growing catalogue of both Traditional Scottish and Country Music Albums (Pan Record label).

For further concert information phone: 01955 602 646

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Wanting to Meet Accordionists in Nairobi - Kenya

Harley JonesHarley Jones, Public Relations Officer for the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is travelling to Nairobi, Kenya for a few days arriving 25th April and would like to meet with accordion teachers or professional accordionists.

Please contact by email: harleyjones.nz@yahoo.com to arrange meeting.

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Los Angeles Accordionaires Pops Orchestra Concert - USA

Pops Orchestra
The Los Angeles Accordionaires Pops Orchestra will entertain at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Fellowship Hall in Santa Barbara, California on April 28th.

Under the direction of Janet Hane (performer, teacher and conductor), the orchestra will perform a program of light-classical, Broadway, big band, and pop music. The sound is symphonic and audience members often mention they had no idea “all those accordions could sound so wonderful together”. The group consists of accordions, digital accordions, bass accordion, bass guitar, trombone, timpani and drums.

Donations are welcome at the door. The event is sponsored by: AIMS (Accordion International Society of Santa Barbara).

For further information: accordionconnect@sbcglobal.net

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Accordion Recital - Mexico

José Alfonso ValadezAccordionist José Alfonso Valadez Alanis will give a recital at 8pm on May 2nd at the Museo de Historia Municipal de Allende, Calle Benito Juárez, Centro de Allende, 67350, Nuevo León in México.

His program will include pieces by Rossini, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach and others.

Admission is free.

For further details email: joseavaladez@prodigy.net.mx

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2019 Annual Chester Folk Festival – UK

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Askew sistersThe 2019 Annual Chester Folk Festival will be held in the village of Kelsall, about 8 miles from Chester (UK) from May 24th to 27th. The event will include concerts, workshops, children’s events, dance displays, ceilidhs, sessions and a craft fair.

Performers include the Askew Sisters (Hazel and Emily – picture right) who have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. Alongside this, both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello.

Concertina player, Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business.

On the final festival day (May 27th), Andy Cutting will hold a Melodeon Workshop.

For further festival information email: info@chesterfolk.org.uk

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