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 Program - Friday, 27 June 2008
The Accordion Fair
Accordions, accessories, music etc.

Venue: Commercial College
- Tickets: Free Entrance

Music in the Park
Various groups from Finland, Rocking Accordions, Germany, Stade Accordion Orchestra, Germany.
Venue: Festival Park - Tickets: Free Entrance

The Pub Tent
Accordion groups and solo entertainers.

Venue: Yellow School
- Tickets: Free Entrance

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Red Riding Hood
Musical Fairytale
-Duration 30 min. (Age recommendation min. 3 yrs).
Venue: Oma Tupa Tickets: 6€ per person

Tales by Old Accordions
Legendary Accordion Makes including the legendary Kouvola, Viborg and Elomaa models.
Old accordions played by Anne-Mari Kanniainen, Seppo Lankinen and a local group called Kravattikvartetti.

Venue: Accordion Museum -
Tickets: Adult 10€ / Pensioner & Student 8€ / Child 5€

14.00 Kultaa harmonikalla
Jani Helenius, winner of the 1988 Golden Accordion Competition.
Soloists: Reijo Taipale, Sami Hopponen, Juuso Vesterinen. Orchestra directed by Kari Litmanen.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall
- Tickets: Adult 25€ / Pensioner & Student 20€ / Child 12 €

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Duo Semionov
Viatcheslav Semionov, accordion & Natalia Semionov, domra making their Finnish debut.
Russian pieces including Hatsaturjan – Prokofjev - Derbenko - Senderjov - Gridin.

Venue: Oma Tupa - Tickets Adult 12€ / Pensioner & Student 10€ / Child 6€


Old cars…
…arrive along Vanha Tampereentie Road to Ikaalinen Town Gate. Rare vehicles.
Organised together with the Traffic Museum “Mobilia”.

Tickets: Free entrance

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The Great Accordion Parade 2008
Remembering Lasse Pihlajamaa - A cavalcade of accordion music written by Lasse Pihlajamaa. Performers include the winners of 2008 Gold and Silver Accordion Competitions, as well as Jonna Pirttijoki, Eero Nissinen, Ikaalisten Harmonikkamiehet, Anne-Mari Kanniainen, Henna-Maija Kuki and Kimmo Mattila. Host: Seppo Hovi.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall - Tickets: Adulst 25€ / Pensioner & Student 20€ / Child 12€


The Pub Tent
22.00 Accordion Karaoke!
Host: Mauri Heino.

Venue: Yellow School - Tickets: Area Ticket 10€ / Family Ticket 25€ / Free entry if you bring your accordion!

20.00 Trio Temppelimannit
Hymns in folk music style performed by
Leena Kivi, Anna-Mari and Rauli Yrjänä.

Ikaalinen Church - Tickets: 5€ per person

20.00 Summer Night in Festival Park
21.30 Accordions all together!

Dance and fun late into the night. Jämijärven Pelimannit, Ikaalisten Harmonikkamiehet, Matti Lepänhaara and Seppo Soittila.

Area Ticket 10€ / Family Ticket 25€ / Free entry if you bring your accordion!

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Viva Tango
Beltango Quintet from Serbia. Argentinian Tango, Buenos Aires moods in Ikaalinen. Quintet led by Alexandar Nikolic

Venue: Oma Tupa - Tickets: Adult 15 € / Pensioner & Student 12 € / Child 8 €

 Tales by Old Accordions
Ikaalinen has many beautiful accordions in their Accordion Museum, and this concert enabled some of them to be heard as the various artists performed period music from Finnish composers on the instruments. In addition to the performances, a histor of each instrument was given.
Seppo Lankinen
Some of the beautiful instruments housed in the Museum
Anne-Mari Kanniainen
Kimmo Mattila
Seppo Lankinen, Anne-Mari Kanniainen, Kevin Friedrich and Kimmo Mattila
Ikaalinen Kravatti Quartet
Reino Kasittula, Tapio Tuomisto, Martti Petäjä, Hannu Taupila
Instrument Make: Onakeyhtio Harmonika - Instrument Model: Kravatti, 120 Bass
Date of Manufacture: c 1936 - Country of Manufacturer: Kouvola, Finland
Finnish C System instrument with square buttons. Kravatti model. Only made form 1936-1939.

Note: A sister instrument to this Kravatti accordion was donated by the Finnish Accordion the Accordion Gems Collection - A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time, housed at the Dargaville Museum in New Zealand.
 Duo Semionov - Viatcheslav and Natalia Semionov (pictures by Harley Jones)
Viatcheslav Semionov and his wife Natalia (Moscow, Russia)
Semionov is pictured here performing one his most recent works "Divertimento" written for Faithe Deffner in appreciation for her work as the President of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) in the USA.
 The Great Accordion Parade Concert in Memory of Lasse Pihlajamaa
Maire Pihlajamaa pictured with the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival founder Heikki Eränen (right) and his wife Tuula.

NB: In the early 1970's Heikki Eränen twice organized a local concert in Ikaalinen, where amateur accordionists from Ikaalinen played. Heikki asked Lasse Pihlajamaa to come from Helsinki to play there as well. Lasse was very busy with his business and his teaching institute but Heikki Eränen managed to get him to Ikaalinen, because he originated from the Jämijärvi area (close by) and had many old friends and other people that would like to see him back in the area performing again. Lasse came and played in the concert with a great success, and after that Eränen and Pihlajamaa decided to found the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival. The first festival was next year, in June 1972.
(Heikki Eränen continues to live in the very center of Ikaalinen.)
left: Host: Seppo Hovi

right: Kimmo Mattila (accordion), Aino Ojakoski (viola), Carla Kuotila (cello)
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Muistojen Harmonikka
Ikaalisten Harmonikkamiehet
3. Harmonikkatrio Jonna Pirttijoki, Henna-Maija Kuki and Anne-Mari Kanniainen, and on piano - Ville Vannemaa
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Revontulten alla, tango
left: Jonna Pirttijoki, vocals and accordion
Alfredo Corenzo-Larry Coleman: Venezuela (Finnish lyrics Pertsa Reponen)
Trad. Kielletyt leikit (Romance de Amor) (Finnish lyrics Sauvo Puhtila)

right: Viatcheslav Semionov (accordion) & Natalia Semionov (domra) and student Eduard Akhanov
V. Novikov: Samba Carneval
left: Winner of the Golden Accordion 2008 Ukko-Pekka Yliranta
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov, arr. J.Molinari: Bumble Bee Boogie

right: Anne-Mari Kanniainen (accordion) & Ville Vannemaa (piano & sax)
Claude Thoman: Shocking Valse
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Helmeilevä Suihkulähde (acc.solo)
left: Eero Nissinen
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Romanialainen Rapsodia

right: Accordion Trio Eero Nissinen, Jonna Pirttijoki, Henna-Maija Kuki (piano - Ville Vannemaa), Astor Piazzolla: Violetango
Henna-Maija Kuki (acc) & Ville Vannemaa (sax)
Richard Galliano: New York Tango
Ailamari Vehviläinen (vocalist), Matti Ekman (accordion)
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Oodi Suomen Suvelle
Olivia Torstensson
Lasse Pihlajamaa: Bye-Bye-Polkka
left: Bjarge Mogensen & Rasmus Kjøller (Denmark)
P. Tchaikovsky: Pähkinänsärkijäbaletti

right: the overhead screens projected a beautiful picture of the late Lasse Pihlajamaa
with his wife Maire, who was a guest of honor at the concert
Jyväshanurit dir. Matti Ekman
- Pascual Marquina: España Cani
- Lasse Pihlajamaa: Arabialainen tanssi ja Trepak from the Nutcracker
Kimmo Mattila presenting Seppo Hovi and Award for his service to the accordion. right: Seppo Hovi is pictured with Festival Director Sirpa Sippola and Kimmo Mattila
Maire Pihlajamaa greeting friends after the concert, and right with long time friend Francesca Pigini (Italy)
 BelTango Quintet from Serbia (pictures by Harley Jones)
BelTango: from left to right: Bogdan Pejic (electric guitar), Ivana Nikolic (piano/vocals),
Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon/accordion), Ljubinko Lazic (double bass) and Jovan Bogosavljevic (violin)
left: the capacity audience at Oma Tupa, and right: husband and wife Ivana and Aleksandar Nikolic performin the Tango
members of BelTango taking their bows after several standing ovations and encores
and right, with festival Music Director Kimmo Mattila
  Made in Finland - Featuring a Diverse Spectrum of Finnish Accordionists at the 2008 Festival
Winner of the Finland Roland-V Competition: Toni Perttula (Senior)
The Golden Accordion Champion: Ukko-Pekka Yliranta
 Official Sata-Häme Soi Festival Website


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