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Weekly News from Around the World - 28-Jun-2024
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Corrado Rojac at the Mozarteum and Museum of the Teatro alla Scala - Italy
2024 International Agora Festival - Switzerland
Duo Croatico Performs at Croatian Embassy Opening - Algeria
Latest Expansion of AAA Commissioned Composers Series of Articles - USA
Accordionists Entertain at Rudolstadt Festival - Germany

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

World Accordion Day “Mini Expo” Concert at Drostdy Theatre – South Africa

Future events

Pietro Adragna in Trio "musica sotto la torre" - Pisa/Italy
St Audries Bay Accordion Week – England
“Honky-Tonk Jump” Performs “Jazz with a Cowboy Hat” – USA
“Tango Borealis” Debut Performance - Japan
Royal Cajun Band Performs at Princeton Pub – Canada
Louise Jallu Quartet Entertains at 2nd Cavaillon Jazz Festival - France
London Accordion Players Summer Concert, England - UK
Milos Milivojevic Performs with Ealing Symphony Orchestra – England

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Childrens Corner

Brothers Celebrate World Accordion Day – Australia

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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy
Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

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Corrado Rojac at the Mozarteum and Museum of the Teatro alla Scala - Italy

Corrado Rojac & Stelia Doz
Corrado RojacCorrado RojacOn June 3rd, 2024, a meeting/concert was held in the Sala Esedra of the Museo Teatrale alla Scala in Milan with Corrado Rojac, concertist, composer and professor of accordion at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory in Trieste, and soprano Stelia Doz, an historic teacher of vocal chamber music at the Milan Conservatory. The meeting focused on the figure of Giuseppe Greggiati.

Born in the Mantua region of Italy in 1793, Greggiati was a religious man with a great passion for music who left us some 'diagrams' for the creation of an accordion, or rather, 'a bellows harmonica' that has been reconstructed in our days by Corrado Rojac, completely faithful to the original. Greggiati also left us a Method of music for “armonica a mantice/Handharmonika” dateable to the years before 1850 (with an attached collection of original and transcribed compositions), and Rojac himself also transcribed several manuscripts with arias composed by Greggiati.

The texts of the romances are by Metastasio, Jacopo Vittorelli, Felice Romani and other well-known poets set to music at the time by the most famous composers.

The work of transcribing these arias has resulted in a record for the Limen label and a concert format featuring Rojac joined by soprano Stelia Doz, a duo that gives many concerts in Italy and abroad.

This project was also presented on March 18th at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and this recent concert at the Museo del Teatro alla Scala in Milan was also particularly prestigious.

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2024 International Agora Festival - Switzerland

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The 2024 International Agora Festival will be held in Adelboden, Switzerland from July 21st to 26th, 2024 organised by the Académie Internationale Agora team.

Tutors for this 15th edition of the festival are:
• Anne Maria Hölscher (Music Hochschule Luzern, CH)
• Christine Kohler (Mulhouse Conservatoire, FR, Bern Conservatoire, CH)
Vincent Lhermet (Paris Conservatoire CNSMDP, Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire, FR)
Mikko Luoma (Turku Music Academy, FI)
• Sylvain Tissot (Conservatoire de Fribourg, HEMU Lausanne, CH)

Recitals will be given at the Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche (Evangelical Reformed Church) in Adelboden as follows:

• July 21st at 5pm: Mikko Luoma
• July 23rd at 8pm: Anne-Maria Hölscher
• July 24th at 8pm: Sylvain Tissot (accordion) with Laurie Hamiche (soprano), Örs Kisfaludy (narrator) and Brigitte Ravenel (mezzo-soprano).

The Agora Association was created by Marie-Andrée Joerger, Vincent Lhermet and Sylvain Tissot, and aims to promote the accordion.

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Duo Croatico Performs at Croatian Embassy Opening - Algeria

Duo Croatico
Duo Croatico, which features Martina Jembrišak (accordion) and Valentin Šeremet (clarinet and saxophone), will perform at the opening of the new Croatian Embassy building in Algiers. Algeria on July 11th, 2024.

Their 45 minute program will feature chamber music by Croatian composers for clarinet, accordion including The Threepenny Opera (B. Brecht / K. Weill).

For further information email: duocroatico@gmail.com

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Latest Expansion of AAA Commissioned Composers Series of Articles - USA

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Robert McMahonWallingford Riegger’s Cooper Square,
Virgil Thomson’s Lamentations, and
Paul Creston’s Second of Four AAA Commissions, Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra

This is one of longest and most historical and analytical ventures of this series, owing to the great accomplishment of Elsie Bennett to have persuaded three of America’s most famous and celebrated composers of the early and mid-twentieth century to contribute to the accordion’s growing classical repertoire. The three works are as diverse and unique as were their disparate styles of composition.

Creston was in his usual virtuosic, syncopated, modal, jazzy, and somewhat Debussyian element in his creation of perhaps the most frequently performed and highly virtuosic concerto for accordion and orchestra.

Riegger, one of America’s earliest exponents of atonal composition, and pegged as one of the “American Five” of ultra-modern music stemming from the 1920s (the other four controversial luminaries of the group being Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, John Becker, and Henry Cowell, the last fated to become a two-time contributor to the AAA Commissioned Composers repertoire decades later), chose to write a rather curious, abstract kind of tango named after New York’s Cooper Square where many musicians of note hung out during the mid-20th century.

Thomson, normally a more tonal, less dissonant composer than either of the above, opted to write a short but extremely dissonant, rather terrifying and highly virtuosic set of variations on a chilling, crashing processional that comprises the opening theme.

As is the purpose of the series, this article offers thoroughly researched historical and theoretical information on the compositions and their creators, along with interesting historical photos from Elsie Bennett’s large photo collection. https://www.ameraccord.com/aaacommissions22.php

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Accordionists Entertain at Rudolstadt Festival - Germany

Rudolstadt Festival
Deitsch & Thüringer SymphonikerDivanhanaAccordionists will give concerts and workshops at the Rudolstadt Festival held in Rudolstadt, Germany from July 4th to 7th, 2024.

Concerts will be held as follows:
• July 5th at 3pm: Songposium will perform at the Stadthaus Theatre with songs from the Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Kloppo and George Martin.
• July 5th at 10pm: Deitsch & Thüringer Symphoniker (Germany – picture above left) concert at the Big Stage Heidecksburg - folk music and classical symphony orchestra.
• July 6th at 5pm: Divanhana (Bosnia – picture above right) concert at City Park. They define their sound as an inventive fusion of jazz, folk, modern classical and pop.

Fionia Folk Brothers (Denmark – picture below) will provide music for workshops and dance evenings as follows:

• July 5th at 4.30pm – dance workshop at the Löwensaal (Lion Hall) and a dance evening at11pm.
• July 6th at 5pm – dance workshop at the Tanzzelt (Dance Tent) and a dance evening at 10pm.

The band’s line-up is Jes Kroman and Michael Graubæk (violins), Jesper Vinther (accordion), Theis Langlands (piano) and Peter Sejersen (double bass).

For further details email: info@rudolstadt-festival.de
Fionia Folk Brothers

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World Accordion Day “Mini Expo” Concert at Drostdy Theatre – South Africa

World Accordion Day
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World Accordion Day logoThe Drostdy Theatre in Stellenbosch, South Africa hosted a World Accordion Day (WAD) “Mini Expo” concert on May 5th, 2024.

Photo: Leon Oosthuizen, Louis Verwey and Andrew Hodgson
Photography Free Wild World (Chris Wait).

Cape Town dancers formed part of the line up for the event. RSCDS Cape Town Secretary and teacher Heather Hodgson was approached by Leon Oosthuizen to collaborate and celebrate World Accordion Day. Leon Oosthuizen, president of the South African Free Reed Association (SAFRA) organized an event that brought together 12 accordionists, singers, dancers and other musicians to showcase the versatility of the accordion or trekklavier as the instrument is known in Afrikaans.

Tickets included a light lunch where traditional South African cuisine like bobotie, pumpkin fritters and koeksisters were served. Between the lunch and the concert, there was a mini expo where attendees had the opportunity to view a display of accordions or participate in a ceilidh to get a feel for Scottish Country dancing.

During the concert that followed Piper Caireen Alston piped the performers onto the stage to the sounds of ‘Scotland the Brave’ and the local tune ‘Sarie Marais’ which would be later played on the accordion. Dancers were Andrew and Heather Hodgson, Jon and Hilary Kerr, Mary Lister and Michelle Parker, who danced to the playing of Leon Albert Oosthuizen and Louis Verwey on accordion and Harold Schenk on piano.

They danced three dances: a reel ‘Catch the wind’, a strathspey ‘Byron Strathspey’ and a jig ‘First Rain of Spring’.

Other genres or styles of music on the line up included French café, classical, Tango dancing, Boeremusiek and Sesotho Famo songs. The concert ended with a performance of the song "Mama Tembu's Wedding" and the national anthem of South Africa.

Perhaps other RSCDS branches and the Society would like to mark their calendars for 6th May 2025 to showcase the many talented accordionists who contribute massively to our enjoyment on the dance floor.

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Pietro Adragna in Trio "musica sotto la torre" - Pisa/Italy

Pietro Adragna in Trio
On Friday, 5 July at 9.30 p.m., Vivacidade Trio plays music by Gioacchino Rossini, Nikolaj Andreevic Rimsky, Korsacov, Pixinguinha, Astor Piazolla, Ennio Morricone, Richard Galliano, Celso Machado, Pietro Adragna and Giuseppe Sinacori. The liveliness and vivacity of South American music mixes with Mediterranean sounds to create an unprecedented artistic partnership. The virtuosity of Pietro Adragna's accordion, the sonorous sweetness of Chiara Sernesi's flute and the expressive power of Giuseppe Sinacori's guitar come together in a new and original concert proposal

Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

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St Audries Bay Accordion Week – England

The St Audries Bay Accordion Week will be held at the St Audries Bay Holiday Club in West Quantoxhead, Somerset, England from July 5th to 12th, 2024.

The event features a friendly, welcoming group of like minded people, that share the love and passion for the accordion and is packed to the brim with workshops, classes, entertainment and socialising. There is also a trade area to peruse, selling accordions, music and accessories.

“The setting is out of this world! Over-looking the beautiful West Somerset coastline, and right on the edge of the stunning Quantock Hills. After a day of Accordion playing, sit back and enjoy the incredible sunset from the Sun-Downer Bar and terrace.”

For further information email: Sabaccordionweek@gmail.com

Picture below: Group from the 2023 St Audries Bay Accordion Week
2023 St Audries Bay Accordion Week

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“Honky-Tonk Jump” Performs “Jazz with a Cowboy Hat” – USA

Honky-Tonk Jump
“Honky-Tonk Jump” (picture above) will perform a concert entitled “Jazz with a Cowboy Hat” at the Crooners Supper Club Main Stage in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on July 7th from 4.30pm.

Their program will feature “swingin' Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends.”

“Honky-Tonk Jump” includes Dan Newton (accordion & vocals), Richard Kriehn (fiddle &vocals), Joe Savage (pedal steel &vocals), Dan Lowinger (guitar), Vaughn Asselstine (upright bass), Dehl Gallagher(drums) and Tom Schaefer (fiddle).

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“Tango Borealis” Debut Performance - Japan

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A new tango group “Tango Borealis” will give their debut performance in Tokyo, Japan on July 10th, 2024.

The quartet, which includes Ville Hiltula (bandoneon) have “prepared a really cool and exciting program for everyone, which they can't wait to perform”.

See poster for details.

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Royal Cajun Band Performs at Princeton Pub – Canada

Royal Cajun Band
Royal Cajun Band accordionistThe Royal Cajun Band will perform at the Princeton Pub in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 10th, 2024, from 8pm to 11pm.

The seven member band play a variety of Cajun/Acadian music.

For details email: princetonpub@live.ca

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Louise Jallu Quartet Entertains at 2nd Cavaillon Jazz Festival - France

Louise Jallu QuartetThe Louise Jallu Quartet (picture left) will perform a “Tribute to Piazzolla” during the 2nd Cavaillon Jazz Festival in the Théâtre Georges Brassens in Cavaillon, France on July 11th, 2024 at 9.30pm.

The festival promises an “unforgettable experience for music lovers, families, culture enthusiasts”.

For further details email: cavarejazz@gmail.com

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London Accordion Players Summer Concert, England - UK

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The London Accordion Players (picture below) will perform a “Summer Concert” at St Margaret’s Church in Blackheath, London, England on July 13th, 2024 at 7.30pm.

The Conservatoire Ukrainian Choir will also perform at this event. Refreshments will be available.

See poster for details.
London Accordion Players

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Milos Milivojevic Performs with Ealing Symphony Orchestra – England

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Accordionist Milos Milivojevic will perform in concert with and the Ealing Symphony Orchestra (directed by John Gibbons) at the Hull Minster Holy Trinity Church in Hull, Yorkshire, England on July 21st, 2024, at 7pm.

The concert, organised by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra will feature Igor Shamo's Accordion Concerto, Bishop Rock Overture (Doreen Carwithen), Ship's Waltz & Rumba (William Alwyn) and Scheherazade (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov).

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the generous support of The William Alwyn Foundation for this performance.

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World Accordion Day Information 2024 World Accordion Day Report, 6th May each year
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2024 Shanghai 2024 Shanghai Festival Daily Reports, Video
PIF Castelfidardo PIF Castelfidardo 2023  2023 PIF Castelfidardo Daily Reports, Video
2024 Malaysia Festivals 2024 Malaysia Festival Daily Reports
2023 Festival and Competitions 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports 2023 AAA Festival Daily Reports
Interviews Interviews Index page
2024 Festival and Competitions 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report 2023 ATG Competition and Festival Photo Report
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Brothers Celebrate World Accordion Day – Australia

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WADCheryle Mills from the Accordion Society of Australia included an item in their latest newsletter about brothers Ben (9 years old) and Harvey (7 years old), who posed outside with their accordions for a photo to celebrate World Accordion Day (WAD).

Their older brother Jack (11 years old) wanted to try an accordion so the boys gave him a quick lesson! Now he can add learning to play the accordion to his other instruments - flute for 4 years, guitar for 2 years and recorder.

All three boys practise daily on their 'instrument of choice' helping each other, playing tunes together and learning different skills. They're all involved also in soccer and love the night training for their Saturday matches. Busy boys!

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49th Premio Internationale Fisarmonica (PIF) Castelfidardo 2024 – Italy

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Mayor Roberto Ascani, Ruben CittadiniAntonio SpaccarotellaThe PIF Castelfidardo Competitions and Festival is organised by the City Council of Castelfidardo led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association headed by Ruben Cittadini and 2024 PIF Artistic Director Antonio Spaccarotella.

The 49th PIF (Premio Internationale Fisarmonica) Castelfidardo 2024 will be held from September 11th to 15th in Castelfidardo immediately following the 2024 Coupe Mondiale which is also being held in Castelfidardo, September 6th to 10th, 2024.

These two major international accordion competitions and festivals mean that competitors, enthusiasts and supporters can with one airfare, attend both these exciting events at the home of Italian accordion manufacture.

The excellent 2024 PIF prizes are designed to attract competitors from many different countries.

The PIF Premio Award, the most prestigious PIF category features three finalists in the 3rd round, performing with a full symphony orchestra in the Teatro Astra. Each finalist will perform the world premiere of the commissioned work composed by Veli Kujala (Finland). President of the international jury is Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (Italy).

Further information about the festival, competition categories and entry at: 2024Castelfidardo

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Renzo Ruggieri Releases New Virtuoso Arrangement, Donna Lee - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo RuggieriVideo: Francesco Scarselli recording Donna Lee.

Renzo Ruggieri has just released for sale to the public his special arrangement of cat. rrenzo529 Donna Lee composed by Charlie Parker.

This virtuoso arrangement has been successfully used in international competitions by students of Renzo Ruggieri, only €10, the music sent emailed to you.

Other recent releases by Renzo Ruggieri are:
rrenzo525 - Spain (Solo)
rrenzo526 - Birdland (Solo)a new solo arrangement of the famous song from Joe Zawinul (group Wheater Report).
rrenzo527 - Tourn e arrangements & compositions (Solo), for only €20,80 for the 40 page pdf book of:
- La Czardas (Monti, arr. Ruggieri)
- Mazurka Celebre (Migliavacca, arr. Ruggieri)
- Figaro (for soloist, Rossini, arr. Ruggieri)
- Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin, arr. Ruggieri)
- Passione e Fisarmonica (Ruggieri)

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