|10.00 - 20.00||The Accordion
Fair accordions, music books, etc.
Venue: Former "Sale" building by Festival Park | Free Admission
|11.00 - 18.00|| Accordion
groups and Folk Dance Groups performing
in Festival Park featuring groups including those from Espoo, Raisio,
Hyvinkää, Jämsä, Jyväskylä, Pori, Vaasa,
Hollola and Tampere.
Venue: Festival Park | Admission: Free
|12.00 -24.00|| Accordion
Pub meeting place for accordionists and the public
groups including those from Espoo, Jyväskylä, Sotkamo, Hollola,
Vaasa and Raisio.
Venue: The Yellow School next to the Festival Park | Admission: Free
Orchestra Loiskis both new and old and well-known
Concert of the local Ylä-Satakunta Music School visiting
this year's youth orchestra from Vaskivuori High School in Vantaa and
Qoro Quando. The programme includes compositions from Antti Nissilä,
Jean Sibelius, andfolk music. Jukka Lehtinen conducts the choirs.
Venue: Ikaalinen Church | Admission: Free
of the CIA Coupe Mondiale competition 2003 Nikolai
Sivchuk and Aleksei Peresidly from Russia.
Venue: Oma Tupa | Admission: 8 € / 4 €
Accordion Concert: the traditional parade of
accordionists includes, among others, the winners of the Silver and Golden
Accordion competition 2004, Armas Piippo, Oleg Sharov, the Light Music
Orchestra of the Turku Accordion Club, the orchestra of Nakkila Accordionists,
Bryac-quartet from Ukraine, Pasi and Petri Raukola and Accordion Orchestra
Toccata from Slovakia. The concert is presented by Seppo Hovi.
Venue: Ikaalinen Hall | Admission: A: 20 € / 10 € and B: 15 €/ 7,5 €
of accordion music at the Festival Park the traditional
ensemble starts at 9.30 PM. Traditional dance music and lots of fun. Concert
features Matti Lepänhaara and Seppo Soittila, Jämijärvi
musicians and Sanna Pietiäinen with Orchestra Villisydän.
Venue: Festival Park | Admission: 10 € / 5 €
II - "Shooting on Stage II" A comic
stage show by Ulla Tapaninen and Nasevat Kurtut with Merja Ikkelä.
Venue: Oma Tupa | Admission: 10 €/ 5 €
|Nikolay Sivchuk and Aleksei Peresidly - 2003 Coupe Mondiale Winners|
accordionists Nikolay Sivchuk (right) and Aleksei Peresidly (left)
were placed First and Second respectively at the 2003 Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships held in Slovakia and Hungary.
|Nikolai and Aleksei signing autographs and right, Nikolai and Aleksei, First and Second Prize winners at the 2003 Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale pictured with CIA President - Kevin Friedrich (left) and CIA Vice President - Kimmo Mattila. Kimmo is also Musical Director of the Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival.|
|The Great Accordion Concert|
The Great Accordion Concert is a parade of accordionists featuring an international blend of artists ranging from classical to folk and other mediums. This year the concert hosted by Seppo Hovi included:
Concert opened with the Turku Light Music Accordion Orchestra performing
a medley from the musical Cabaret and then Tuxedo Junction by Glen Miller.
In recent years Oleg Sharov has given premiers of about twenty modern and original works for free bass accordion of Russian and European composers. One of the latest of these was the first performance in the United Kingdom (1996) of 'Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra' (Ivor Hodgson) with the Manchester Camarata Symphony Orchestra.
He has continued to enhance his international reputation by touring Japan, France, Chine, Spain, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Yugoslavia, Belgium and Poland.
Mr. Sharov is currently
a Senior Professor of Music and head of the accordion department at
the St. Petersburg "Rimsky Korsakov" Conservatory of Music.
|Lava-Ammuntaa II - "Shooting on Stage II"|
II - "Shooting on Stage II" Finland's best known stand
up comedian 'Ulla Tapaninen' packed the the Uma Tupa to capacity and beyond,
(with speakers out in the lobby area) as she presented her show for the
2004 Ikaalinen Festival. A mixture of monologue and music, the audience
was in fits of laughter during her show.
Included in the small group of musicians was well-known Finnish accordionist Merja Ikkelä. Merja was known as a child prodigy and toured internationally with Lasse Pihlajamaa during his concert tours. Now Merja is a full time teacher at the Sibelius Academy - Folk Music Department.
|In and Around Ikaalinen|
Nature Symbols: Six national 'nature symbols' have been chosen for
Finland by popular vote and all the symbols carry powerful connotations
of popular tradition, stretching back to ancient times.
They were only officially chosen in the 1980s and '90s, however, so one cannot claim they are based on any formal tradition. The aim in choosing the symbols is to draw attention to Finnish nature and wildlife and to promote appreciation of them.
Symbol Number 5: The Perch fish - Perca Fluviatilis, is Finland's most common fish, equally at home in small ponds, lakes and streams as well as in the Baltic Sea.
the 'Sweet Tooth' - one of the delicacies of the Finnish taste buds
is the popular Liquorice stick.
Pictured here, you can see you have your choice of flavors of these unusually long but tasty candy sticks.
Cruising in Style - The Lampi has taken packed boats of festival attendees
backwards and forwards across the lake during the festival.
In addition to the service between the Spa Hotel and the town of Ikaalinen, the Captain (far right - Master Pekka Ojala) often takes a small sightseeing tour around the lake, while his assistant (Heikki Mäkinen - left) gives the local history of the area in both Finnish and if necessary English.
The small boat includes a full bar, snack shop, accordionist entertainment and of course a Sauna, although the short trips across the lake don't allow for that popular Finnish pastime.