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19-May-2017

UMKC Ensemble in Conception, Missouri - USA

The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Community Accordion Ensemble performed a well received concert at the Conception Abbey Basilica at The Conception Abbey: A Benedictine Monastery, in Conception, MO on May 6, 2017, as part of World Accordion Day.

This acclaimed ensemble, all former students at UMKC, performed a program inclduing: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel (arr. Sommers), Concerto Barocco for Soloist and Accordion Orchestra (I. and II) by Gerhard Mohr, Morning Mood from "Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1" by Edward Grieg, (arr. Galla-Rini), Menuet from "Don Giovanni" by W. A. Mozart (arr. Galla-Rini), Autumn Song by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Sviackevicius), Blue Swan and Fuga by Stas Venglevski, Waltz from 'Sleeping Beauty Ballet' by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (arr. Herold), Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (arr. Sommers) and A Mighty Fortress is Our God by J. S. Bach (arr. Galla-Rini).

The UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble musicians are both alumni of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and former members of the renowned UMKC Accordion Orchestra. The players make their living in various careers, but each have remained devoted to promoting the accordion and its varied repertoire, which includes transcriptions, commissions and other original works.

The UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble under the direction of Joan C. Sommers, has recently performed in Chicago, San Francisco and Kansas City. Members of the group for the Concert were Betty Jo Simon, Ron Barrow, Samantha Wagner, Cathy Sue Weiss, Joyce Davis and Joan Cochran Sommers.

The ensemble will next appear on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at the upcoming ATG Festival in Lisle (Chicago), IL as part of their summer competition and festival.
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