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Weekly News from Around the World - 24-Nov-2023
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Two New Friedrich Lips Books Released - Austria
Czech Accordion Ensemble Benefit Concert – Czech Republic
Mirco Patarini and Kimmo Mattila Attend International Music Council - Morocco
Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Free Postage Worldwide, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France
Conservatorio di Musica Statale “P. I. Tchaikovsky” Masterclass - Italy
Sergey Osokin & Eduard Akhanov “World Hits” Concert – Russia
Fernando Ávila Wins Culture Highlights Award 2023 - Brazil
CNIMA: Final 2023 Workshop Dates - France

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

Susanne Kujala Completes Landmark Recording Project - Finland
2024 Accordion Days Switzerland
Accordion Performances at National Academy of Music - Vietnam
Video: “Pulse” (trailer) by Back Pencil – Netherlands
Christmas Sheet Music by MusicForAccordion.com
1st Around the Globe International Music Festival 2023

Future events

Hyperion Ensemble: Tango Live Concert, Sicily - Italy
Accordion Events in Victoria - Australia
HHV 1934 Rheingold Mannheim e.V. Annual Concert - Germany
Melodeon Study Week with Benjamin Macke and Fillippo Gambetta – England
Accordion Events in Helsinki - Finland
Akkordeonorchester Hohnerklang Oelde e.V. “Christmas Concert” - Germany
“Good Habits” Perform Concerts - Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia
Accordion Association Con Zelo “Winter Concert” – Netherlands
Massimo Signorini Concert in Castello di Antignano - Italy

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Past News List of Links

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2024 National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention - USA
Aotango Quintet - Live at the Museum - New Zealand

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Two New Friedrich Lips Books Released - Austria

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Friedrich LipsHerbert Scheibenreif'It Seems Like Yesterday' Cat: 9951-1-3 €35 or USD plus postage
380 pages · 83 photos · Format 17 × 24 cm
German edition: 'Als wäre es gestern gewesen' Cat: 9951-0-6 €35 or USD plus postage

Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, long time Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions has been the publisher and translator of the two new Friedrich Lips books 'It Seems Like Yesterday' English edition and 'Als wäre es gestern gewesen' German edition. These two books are the latest Friedrich Lips publications that include an incredible 50 CDs, 6 previous books in 3 languages and numerous educational papers.

Author of 'It Seems Like Yesterday' Friedrich Lips tells about wonderful musicians - teachers, composers, conductors, performers, with whom fate brought him together. Possessing a bright literary gift, the author in detailed analytical articles, memoirs, small sketches creates living creative portraits of his contemporaries, who are now living, as well as those who have passed away in the last decade, talks about the events that made the artist's life so rich.

The book will be of great help to everyone who studies and performs contemporary music for accordion. Of undoubted interest for class work will be the annotations to the numerous CDs of the author.

Purchase online:
31 Lips CDs: Friedrich Lips, CD3Packs, CD6Packs, CDPack
Books:
It Seems Like Yesterday Cat: 9951-1-3
Als wäre es gestern gewesen Cat: 9951-0-6
The Art of Accordion Playing Cat: kslips00
The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion Cat: kslips03
Die Kunst des Bajanspiels Cat: kslips01
Die Kunst der Bearbeitung klassischer Musik für Akkordeon Cat: kslips02

Picture below: 31 Lips CD covers
Lips CD covers

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Czech Accordion Ensemble Benefit Concert – Czech Republic

Czech Accordion Ensemble Benefit Concert
The Czech Accordion Ensemble will perform a Benefit Concert with Jaroslav Svecený (violin) at the Zámek Dobríš (Dobríš Castle) in Prague, Czech Republic on December 12th, 2023 at 5pm.

Ensemble members are: Ladislav Horák, Martin Šulc, Andrea Šulcová and Filip Kratochvíl. Their program will feature “songs literally charged with energy”.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the National Social Security Service.

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Mirco Patarini and Kimmo Mattila Attend International Music Council - Morocco

Kimmo Mattila, Mirco Patarini
Sheila Woodward, Mirco PatariniConfédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) President Mirco Patarini and Secretary General Kimmo Mattila are pictured above, attending the International Music Council (IMC) 40th General Assembly being held in the framework of 'Visa For Music' in Rabat, Morocco, 22-25 November.

Picture right: Newly elected IMC President Sheila Woodward (USA/South Africa) and Mirco Patarini.

The CIA is the accordion member of the International Music Council (IMC), an Official NGO partner of UNESCO. In 1975, the CIA was the first instrument specific organization to be accepted into the IMC. The IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of UNESCO as an advisory body on musical matters.

Mirco Patarini and Kimmo Mattila explained to the newly elected IMC Board and President, the main activities of the CIA and described the main working processes of the CIA. For example the election process and finances works well in the CIA and the importance of live events (instead of online) and face-to-face meetings, also being an important part of the CIA success.

As IMC approaches its 75th anniversary in 2024, this 40th General Assembly will be a key moment for the life of the international organisation. Some 120 members from all continents, representing a large range of the international music ecosystem, came together in Rabat to shape IMC’s future actions around its core values embedded in the Five Music Rights.

IMC previously held a successful General Assembly in Rabat in 2015 and the 2023 'Visa for Music' has become a unique event bridging Africa with the international music communities. 'Visa for Music' also hosts conferences, speed-meetings, workshops, and training sessions to multiply encounters and offer multiple opportunities.
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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

Benetoux books
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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Conservatorio di Musica Statale “P. I. Tchaikovsky” Masterclass - Italy

Conservatorio di Musica Statale “P. I. Tchaikovsky”
The Conservatorio di Musica Statale “P. I. Tchaikovsky” will begin the new academic year 2023/2024 with an Accordion Masterclass featuring Crystal Wang (China) in Catanzaro, Italy from December 2nd to 8th, 2023.

A combination of training activities will continue throughout the entire annual course of study, making it one of the most versatile international classical and traditional accordion training centers.

Workshop by Mirco Patarini (Italy)
Performance by Zhiyuan Zhang (China) 1st place 2023 PIF Castelfidardo
Conference by Gianluca Bibiani (Italy) President of Italian Accordion Culture, Italy CIA member.

For further details contact the Conservatorio di Musica Statale “P. I. Tchaikovsky”.

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Sergey Osokin & Eduard Akhanov “World Hits” Concert – Russia

Sergey Osokin & Eduard Akhanov “World Hits” Concert
Sergey Osokin & Eduard Akhanov will perform a concert entitled “World Hits” at the Theater A. P. Chekhova in Taganrog, Rostov Oblast, Russia, on November 27th, 2023 at 6:30 pm.

Their program will include Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango", Vittorio Monti's "Csárdás" (Czardas), "Under Paris Skies" by Jubert Giro, "Englishman in New York" by Sting and many others.

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Fernando Ávila Wins Culture Highlights Award 2023 - Brazil

Fernando ÁvilaVideo: Tema para Giovanna (Theme for Giovanna) performed on August 22nd, 2023 by Fernando Ávila with the Santa Maria Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Tita Sator.

Fernando Ávila has won the 2023 Culture Highlights Award (Destaque da Cultura 2023) at Diário de Santa Maria in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil this month as recognition for his work as an instrumentalist and composer in his music video “Tema para Giovanna” (A Theme for Giovanna).

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CNIMA: Final 2023 Workshop Dates - France

CNIMA
Jacques Mornet and Nathalie BoucheixThe CNIMA final workshops by Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix for 2023 are as follows:

• November 27th to December 1st – Adults accordion workshop which is adapted to the specific problems that adults can have when learning an instrument.
• December 26th to 30th – accordion workshop for all ages, levels and styles. The workshop will cover holding the instrument, bellows, touch, musicality etc.

Details of the 2024 workshops are available by emailing: contact@cnima.com

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Susanne Kujala Completes Landmark Recording Project - Finland

Susanne Kujala
WT 1WT 2Susanne Kujala, (German organist and accordionist based in Finland), has completed a landmark recording project, capturing all 48 preludes and fugues from Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier over a span of three years.

This achievement accompanies a dynamic concert career that has led her to prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain. Kujala studied accordion, coaching and organ at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and at the Sibelius Academy of the Helsinki University of the Arts and received her Doctor of Music degree from the latter in 2013, where she has been teaching organ performance since 2009.

The performer's repertoire is diverse, extending from the earliest extant organ music to contemporary compositions of the 21st century. In this recording, she combines her knowledge of historical performance practice with the rich tonal facets and dynamic flexibility of the classical accordion. Although the preludes and fugues of both parts of the Well-Tempered Clavier have been a staple of accordionists’ repertoire for decades, with several individual recordings made, a comprehensive recording has been lacking. The albums at hand not only fill that gap but do so in a uniquely compelling way, with Kujala's classical accordion tuned to Lehman's well-tempered tuning. Bradley Lehman interprets the ornament at the top of the title page of the first part of the Well-Tempered Clavier as a tuning instruction. In contrast to equal temperament, the keys therefore sound more balanced, clearer, and also more characteristic.

The complete recording of the first part of the Well-Tempered Clavier was released on 21 December 2021 on the BellowsArt record label and has been available digitally on all known streaming platforms from that date. The complete recording of both parts of the Well-Tempered Clavier was released on November 23rd, 2023 in the form of two double CDs.

For further information email: info@bellowsart.fi

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2024 Accordion Days Switzerland

Centre LowenbergApplications have now closed for the next Accordion Days Switzerland, which will take place from February 2nd to 4th, 2024 at the Centre Loewenberg (picture right), in Murten, Switzerland.

The event will feature a weekend full of music and intense work for all levels. Orchestral courses with lecturers from Switzerland and abroad, master classes for accordion soloists and conductors.

• Orchestra Course Weekend Intermediate with Johannes Münzner
• Orchestra Course Weekend Advanced Level with Silke D'Inka
• Swiss Accordion Orchestra "Enjoy!" with Lionel Chapuis
• Conducting Course with Ruedi Marty
• Solo Masterclass with Janne Valkeajoki

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Accordion Performances at National Academy of Music - Vietnam

Dao Kien
VietnamAccordionists performed recently at the Hoc Vien Âm Nhac Quoc Gia Viet Nam (Vietnam National Academy of Music) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Picture above: Accordionist Dao Kien performing Jazz with Nam Nguyen Tuan (piano), Xuan Thinh (guitar), Ken Nguyen (bass) and Ha Dinh Huy (drums).

Picture left: accordion group performing on November 20th, 2023.

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Video: “Pulse” (trailer) by Back Pencil – Netherlands

Video: “Pulse” is a sound & light installation presented at the Alluminous Light Art Festival 2023 in Schipperplein, Almere, Netherlands by the “Black Pencil” ensemble which includes accordionist Marko Kassl.

In the trees of Schippersplein, 48 oak boxes and 48 LED strips have been hung that produce light and sound in response to a music composition by Enric Monfort.

From 2024 “Pulse” will also be seen at concert halls in the Netherlands with live music!

Light design by Jurjen Alkema.
Video: Kees Jongboom
Audio: Studio Ladon

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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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1st Around the Globe International Music Festival 2023

Around the Globe
The first “Around the Globe International Music Festival 2023” will consist of a series of online music competitions for juniors and adults, both amateur and professional, with many categories for different musical genres and age groups, followed by a live prize winners' concert in London, UK, in 2024.

The event includes categories for accordion solo, duo, trio and chamber music (accordion with any other instrument/s).

The deadline for online applications closed on November 24th, 2023, however, late entries may be considered based on availability.

For further details email: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com

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Hyperion Ensemble: Tango Live Concert, Sicily - Italy

Hyperion Ensemble
The Hyperion Ensemble Orchestra will perform at a “Tango Live” concert in Catania, Sicily, Italy, on November 25th, 2023 at 9.30pm, organised by the Caminito Tango Catania and OmerTango Catania.

The ensemble includes Fabrizio Colombo (bandoneon).

For details email: ensemblehyperion@gmail.com
Hyperion Ensemble

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Accordion Events in Victoria - Australia

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Stilleto SistersDouble Shot MaggieThe following accordion events will be held in Victoria, Australia this week:

• November 25th at 6pm - Stiletto Sisters (picture above left) at the Port Arlington Music Café, Port Arlington Golf Club in Port Arlington. Email: rjenes@bigpond.com
• November 26th at 2pm – Accordion Society of Australia (ASA) Victoria student concert with the ASAVO Accordion Orchestra, a solo original composition for free bass accordion by Anthony Schulz and special guest artist Steve Grant at the Christ Church in Brunswick
• December 1st at 6.30pm – French musette and chanson concert by “Langue de Chat” (which includes accordionist Anthony Schulz) at Open Studio in Northcote (poster below)
• December 2nd at 9pm – “Double Shot Maggie” (which includes Lucy on accordion) performing at the Quiet Man Irish Pub in Flemington (poster above right).
French musette poster

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HHV 1934 Rheingold Mannheim e.V. Annual Concert - Germany

HHV 1934 Rheingold Mannheim e.V.
The HHV 1934 Rheingold Mannheim e.V. accordion orchestra (picture below) will hold their Annual Concert “Akkordeon im Quadrat “ at the Kulturhaus Käfertal in Käfertal, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on November 26th at 4pm.

All are welcome. See poster for details.
HHV 1934 Rheingold Mannheim e.V.

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Melodeon Study Week with Benjamin Macke and Fillippo Gambetta – England

Benjamin Macke and Fillippo Gambetta
A Melodeon Study Week with Benjamin Macke and Fillippo Gambetta will be held at the Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts in Crowcombe, Somerset, England from November 27th to December 1st, 2023.

This course is for advanced and advanced-intermediate level players of the DG melodeon (If you also have a box in GC, bring that along as well).

This will be an intensive week of skills-based learning focusing on your development as a musician, discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. You need to be open to trying new things, and to be prepared to work hard – it will be intensive but also an enjoyable and rewarding week, with time to relax in the evenings and enjoy informal sessions.

For details email: office@halswaymanor.org.uk

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Accordion Events in Helsinki - Finland

Frode HaltiThe following accordion events will be held in Helsinki, Finland over the next week as follows:

• Frode Halti (picture left) will hold a masterclass at the Sibelius Academy Small Hall in Helsinki, on November 27th and 28th, 2023.

• On November 29th at 6pm, Frode will give a lecture about his career and collaboration with composers at the Helsinki Music Centre Auditorium.

• On December 1st at 7pm, Frode Haltli will perform Concerto by Bent Sørensen with The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre.

• From November 30th to December 2nd, 2023 - Ilkan iltamat (Ilka's evenings) will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre Sonore. The Sibelius Academy Opera will present music by Ilkka Kuusisto (including Kiia-Maria Piispa on accordion).

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Akkordeonorchester Hohnerklang Oelde e.V. “Christmas Concert” - Germany

Akkordeonorchester Hohnerklang Oelde e.V. “Christmas Concert”
The Akkordeonorchester Hohnerklang Oelde e.V. conducted by Olaf Wittelmann, will hold their “Christmas Concert” at St Joseph’s Church in Oelde, Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on December 3rd, 2023 at 5pm.

Musical guests are the Von-Ketteler-School Oelde Choir conducted by Peter Grunenberg.

Their program will include music by Elton John, Karl Jenkins, Arcangelo Corelli, Irving Berlin, Rolf Zuckowski, Michael Jackson and Ennio Morricone.

Admission is free of charge. For further information phone: 02522-960340

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“Good Habits” Perform Concerts - Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia

Good Habits
Video: Music clips of Good Habits.

The “Good Habits” duo, which features accordionist Pete Shaw and singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz, will begin their 2023/2024 tour of Rarotonga (Cook Islands), New Zealand and Australia with concerts at the Tamarind House Restaurant and Bar in Pue, Tupapa, Avarua, Rarotonga on December 6th and 10th, 2023.

New Zealand concerts will begin on December 15th, 2023 at a variety of festivals and folk clubs, and include both North and South Islands.

For details email: hello@goodhabitsband.com

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Accordion Association Con Zelo “Winter Concert” – Netherlands

Accordion Association Con Zelo “Winter Concert”
The Accordion Association Con Zelo will hold a “Winter Concert” at the Berkhouter Church in Berkhout, North Holland, Netherlands on December 9th, 2023 at 8pm.

Two orchestras conducted by Christa Groeneveld will provide a varied program.

Guest performers are the Music Association Flora from Aalsmeer.

See poster for details.

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Massimo Signorini Concert in Castello di Antignano - Italy

Massimo Signorini
Massimo Signorini will peform a concert at the Castello di Antignano in Pieve di Santa Lucia, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy on December 16th, 2023 at 5pm.

His program will include works by Scarlatti, Bach, Saint George, Byrd and Pachelbel.

For details email: massimosignorini@alice.it

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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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Aotango Quintet - Live at the Museum - New Zealand

Aotango
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Aotango concert promo video.
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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