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usa flag  USA Celebrates World Accordion Day
On May 31st, 2009, the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Community Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers, presented an outstanding concert at the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center in Kansas City, the last registered event for the month long celebrations in honor of World Accordion Day, the 6th of May.

Presenting a diverse and exciting program, the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra received a well deserved standing ovation for their performance, their 48th Annual Spring Concert. For complete information, please visit
  • umkc programTambourin from Les Fêtes d’Hêbê by Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Film Noir: City at Night by Leonard Stack
  • Andante cantabile from Serenade, Op. 39 by Alexander Comitas
  • Keniade by Fritz Dobler
    I. With Herbert on Safari
    II. Love Play of the Hippos
    III. Jumping Gazelles
    IV. Meeting of the Maassai Warriors
  • The Gem of the Kaipara by Gary Daverne
    Kevin Friedrich - Accordion Soloist
  • Suite from Video Games Live arranged by Joan C. Sommers
    "Halo Theme" from Halo Suite (Marty O'Donnell & Michael Savatori Publishing)
    "Coronation" from Civilization IV (Christopher Tin)
    Baba Yetu from Civilization IV (Christopher Tin)
    Bounty Hunter Theme from Advent Rising Suite (Tommy Tallarico and Michael Richard Plowman)
    Kingdom Hearts (Yoko Shimamura)
  • Faust Walzer by Charles Gounod arr. Willi Műnch. 
  • Brasilia Potpouri arranged by Willi Műnch
    El Cumbanchero by Rafael Hernandez
    Mambo Jambo by Perez Prado
    Brasil by Ary Barroso
The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert directed by Joan C. Sommers
The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra
Left to right standing: Nick Baker, Cathy Sue Weiss, Brian Steever, Karen Scovel Boocock,
Laura Lee Crandall, Ron Barrow, Joan C. Sommers, Bob Eichkorn, Betty Jo Simon,
Mickie Eichkorn, Amy Hatfield Hayes, Don Lipovac, Kevin Friedrich.
Front row left to right: Samantha Jarquio, Christine Jarquio and Mary Ann Covone
(absent from picture: Joyce Davis)
The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert directed by Joan C. Sommers
Above: Kevin Friedrich performing Gem of the Kaipara by Gary Daverne
directed by Joan C. Sommers and the UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra
The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra performing the all new arrangement from
Video Games Live featuring videos from the popular Games.
The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra

On May 3rd, 2009, the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) presented an afternoon of Music, Food and Fun at the Magnanini Winery in Wallkill, New York.
Dedicated to the celebration of World Accordion Day, featured artists included Mario Tacca and his wife, International Vocal Artist - Mary Mancini, Frank Toscano, Frank Carrozza, Dominic Karcic, Ray Oreggia, Lenny Feldmann, former CIA Coupe Mondiale Champion Beverly Roberts Curnow (held in 1965 in Malta), Dr. Lou Persic,
Dr. Robert Young McMahan, Emilio Magnotta and The Connecticut Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Linda Soley Reed.
This annual event raises money for the AAA Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Joseph Ciccone, Frank Toscano and Frank Carrozza
AAA President Linda Soley Reed
welcoming Guests
Dr. Robert Young McMahan and Roger Davidson (AAA Commissioned Composer)
1965 CIA World Champion
Beverly Roberts-Curnow
Dr. Robert Young McMahan
Beverly Roberts-Curnow
Ray Oreggia, Rita Davidson (Editor of The United States National Accordion News)
Mr. R. Magnanini, Dominic Karcic
Mario Tacca
Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini
Emilio Magnotta - Accordionist
he also works with Accordion Repairs and Sales from his base in Connecticut
Lorraine and Eugene DeBellis
New Jersey Accordion Studio
operator for more than 50 years
Roger Davidson
AAA Commissioned composer
and Mario Tacca
Carmen Carrozza
Emilio Magnotta
Daniel Desiderio
and Rita Davidson
Joan and Dan Grauman
Mrs. Jean and Mr. Carmen Carrozza
Dr. Joseph Ciccone and
AAA President Linda Reed
Joan Grauman and Mauro Greco
(husband of the late Maddalena Belfiore-Greco)
Concert Finale featuring accordionists conducted by Carmen Carrozza
AAA President Linda Reed, MC Lenny Feldmann with fellow accordionists
Honoree Mr. Carmen Carrozza

What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
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Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - General Secretary

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