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new zealand flag  New Zealand Celebrates World Accordion Day
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Above: May 3rd, 2009
CIA President Kevin Friedrich performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Gary Daverne at the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
in celebration of World Accordion Day
(concert to be repeated on Sunday, May 10, 2009 - review below)

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Above: text from the program notes of the concert, explaining World Accordion Day
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CIA President Kevin Friedrich with Conductor and Composer Gary Daverne
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Above: Kevin Friedrich in front of the magnificent Pipe Organ in the Auckland Town Hall at the May 3rd Concert.
Left: Concert Program for the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Program to be repeated at the Bruce Mason Center, the site of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Kevin Friedrich with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Gary Daverne - Conductor

On May 10th, 2009 (Mother's Day), the Auckland Symphony Orchestra performed at the Bruce Mason Center, the site of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale, featuring CIA Presdient as soloist in honor of World Accordion Day.

Well-known New Zealand entertainer Lionel Reekie welcomed concert attendees during a pre-concert World Accordion Day Celebration.
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Above: Lionel Reekie performing as part of the World Accordion Day Celebrations at the concert of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra Concert. The dispaly included instruments, information on the upcoming Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, and CD Sales.
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CIA President Kevin Friedrich performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra
at the Bruce Mason Center in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Left: ASO Mother's were each presented with a Rose for Mother's Day.

Pictured right are Associate Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Peter Thomas and ASO founder and conductor Gary Daverne.

What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
Contact: Harley Jones - CIA Public Relations Officer e-mail:

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - General Secretary

Kimmo Mattila - Kyrösselänkatu 3, FIN-39500 Ikaalinen, FINLAND
Phone: +358 3 4400221, Fax +358 3 4589071 E-mail:

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