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Galla-Rini 99th Birthday Party a Terrific Success! - USA
Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini's 99th Birthday was
celebrated in style recently as well wishers paid tribute to his
almost one century of accordion activities during a two day festival
in San Diego. Almost 80 people performed in the "Anthony Galla-Rini
99th Birthday Celebration Accordion Orchestra" conducted by
memory by the Maestro himself as they played music that he had either
composed or arranged.
A Banquet was held in his honor, where attendees
such as ATG President Joan
C. Sommers, Mr. and Mrs Myron Floren, Frank Marocco, AAA
President Dr. Carmelo Pino, AFNA President Randy Martin, CIA
Friedrich, Joe Petosa (from Petosa Accordions) and Faithe
Deffner (from Titano/Pancordion/Ernest
Deffner Publications) were among the 185 guests. The concert
in his honor featured the Martin Music Accordion Orchestra, Betty
Jo Simon, The "K"
Trio, Frank Marocco as well as the festival orchestra. Galla-Rini's
six year old great granddaughter McKenzie began the concert with
by singing "God Bless America".
Galla-Rini was a founding member of the ATG
where he now serves as President Emeritus. In 1951 he successfully
petitioned the ATG's membership into the Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes at the General Assembly in
Paris, France. During his career of composing, arranging, teaching
and performing, he also has the distinction of writing the most
performed concerto for accordion and Symphony Orchestra in the world,
the Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, which he himself premiered with the
Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra in 1941.
Many letters of congratulations to Galla-Rini
were read from places such as the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music
in Warsaw, The Viennese Accordion Ensemble, the New
Zealand Accordion Association, the Queensland Accordion Club
(Australia), the National
Accordion Organization of the United Kingdom, the Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes and others
from Canada and the USA. The American
Accordionists Association presented a US$500.00 donation to
the ATG Galla-Rini Scholarship fund, while Faithe Deffner presented
a US$500.00 gift from Ernest Deffner affiliates of Titano, Pancordion
and Ernest Deffner publications.
Galla-Rini became the first inductee into the
newly established International Accordion Hall of Fame which has
been inaugurated by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International
(ATG). This award recognizes his outstanding and lifelong contributions
to the accordion movement, work that continues to this very day!
Galla-Rini's next appearance will be at the
2003 ATG Festival in Chicago from June 25th to 29th, where he will
conduct the festival orchestra as well as enjoy a performance of
his Concerto No. 2 in E Minor which he wrote in 1976. This will
be played by soloist Stas
Venglevski with the Milwaukee Municipal Symphony Orchestra under
the direction of Janet Millard on Saturday June 28th at the ATG
The birthday celebration was sponsored and organized
by the ATG with kind assistance from Kjell Holmes. For a full review
of the weekends activities, please visit the ATG
4th International Viennese Accordion
Festival - Austria
Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich
The program of this year's "Viennese Accordion
Festival" was announced at a press conference held in Vienna's
"Museum of Technology" where an exhibition about the history
of harmonica instruments entitled "On everyone's lips"
will be held from February 23rd to March 30th. One hundred and ten
artists from 15 countries will be appearing at 24 different places
during the event. In addition all accordion genres will be represented
in a variety of different mixtures with jazz, rock, chamber music
and avant-garde: Tango Nuevo, Musette, Volxmusik, Balkan, Klezmer,
year's program attracts special attention to a cheerful optimistic
intermixing of the styles and individual artistic expression. The
so-called trilogies are a novelty of the accordion festival 2003:
topic-related concert series with three bands or artists at three
different times of a day at three different places (11th district
trilogy, Klezmer trilogy and Otto Lechner Trilogy).
At the opening gala three giants of the Viennese
accordion will join for a promising session: Krzysztof Dobrek, Karl
Hodina and Otto Lechner. Further highlights include Allegre Correas
& Karl Hodinas project "Brazilian Schrammeln", the
rock-accordion show of Finnish trio Fratres, Dobrek Bistro's live
recording of their debut CD, as well as the performance of Astor
Piazzolla's tango opera "Maria de Buenos Aires" by the
German ensemble "Primavera del tango".
For further details email: email@example.com
Chinese Accordion Association Elections
Contributed by Li
The Chinese Accordion Association held its elections
last month by the permission of the Chinese Musicians Society. New
committee members are as follows: Chairman: Zhang Zi Qiang (Beijing),
Vice-Chairman: Wang Xiao Ping (Beijing), Secretary: Wang Xiao Pin,
Vice-Secretary: Guo Yu Guang, committee: Wang Shu Sheng (Tianjin),
Bai Lu Ping (Shanxi), Du Ning (Beijing), Li Wei Ming (Fujian), Li
Cong (Shanghai), Yang Yi (Beijing), Yang Guo Li (Beijing), Chen
Jun (Sichuan), Jiang Jie (Beijing) & Zeng Jian (Guangdong).
Live Accordion Performances -
by Francisco J. Davila Dorta
Those who visit Tenerife in the Canary Islands
will have the opportunity to listen to live performances of two
accordion virtuosos. Felipe Gadea performs every day in Mamma Rosa's
Restaurant in Arona (best known as "Playa de las Américas")
from 8pm to 11 pm (except Sundays). This area has many visitors
from Spain, England, Norway, Germany, etc. His very diverse repertoire
includes pieces that require an excellent mastery of the instrument
and a high level of skills.
Inge Regina is a popular German accordionist
and vocalist. Her repertoire includes melodic German and Canary
Island music. She performs at her own bar "Inge" in Puerto
de la Cruz and also in Tenerife.
CIA Winter Congress - Finland
Contributed by Kevin
The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes
will hold their Winter Congress and General Assembly in Helsinki,
Finland on March 1st and 2nd. Participants are invited to join the
Finnish Accordionists Association annual cruise from Turku (Finland)
to Sweden and back on board the "Silja Europa" on March
2nd and 3rd. This annual cruise attracts several thousand Finnish
accordionists and features concerts and meetings.
The first General Assembly will be held at the
Hotel Sokos Vaakuna, with further meetings
being held onboard the Silja Europa.
For further information, please contact CIA
Vice President in Finland:
Pigini "Sirius" Celebrations
As a thank you to all Sirius players, the Pigini
Factory in Castelfidardo is putting on a celebration for all
owners of the "Sirius" model as they prepare to celebrate
the manufacture of the 1000th instrument in the "Sirius"
If you own a Pigini Sirius, then this event
definitely is for you! Make plans to visit Castelfidardo from June
20th to 21st, 2003 for a weekend of music, workshops and performances.
All owners (or those with a confirmed order for one) present at
the weekend will qualify for entry to a draw for the Pigini Sirius
No. 1001, which will be an accordion made especially for this event.
Pigini is also looking for Sirius No. 1, the
first instrument in the series. It is thought to have gone to Denmark
in conjunction with the late Mogens Ellegaard, but has likely changed
hands several times since then. You can find out the number of your
Sirius by carefully removing the plastic grill over the treble keyboard,
and the number should be stenciled around the center of the instrument,
on the frame, near the bellows.
Do you have a special project involving a Sirius?
It can be any art form, just mail your CD or photos, Video, Curriculum
to Pigini at the address listed below, and the best project will
be included in the Gala concert.
All Sirius owners are encouraged to submit their
contact information and the Serial Number of their instrument to
be included in the master catalogue of Sirius owners. To register
your instrument or for those interested in registering for this
event in Italy please send an email with your name, address, e-mail
and Sirius Serial Number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vincenzo Abbracciante in Concert
Contributed by Holda
Abbracciante recently traveled to Purgstall (Austria) for a
concert with Walter Grassmann (drums) and Hans Strasser (bass),
organized by the "Musikhaus Ötscherland". The trio
presented a varied program including American jazz, French variety
(with solo performances by Abbracciante) and Italian tunes. The
large audience received the performance enthusiastically and gave
the artists a standing ovation. The success of the event was such
that the organizers have already scheduled another concert with
the same trio on November 30th, 2003.
Session" Festival of Music and Dance - Italy
The 4th "Zip Session" Festival of
Music and Dance took place in Orvieto from January 2nd to 6th and
featured among others the trio of Claudio
Jacomucci (accordion), Michel Godard (tuba) and Gabriele Mirabassi
On January 8th Jacomucci gave a performance
based on the art of improvisation with the O5 group, featuring Marco
Cappelli on guitar, Gabriella Maiorino, Giacomo Calabrese and dancer
Emanuele Rastelli Plays in San Marino
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Rastelli recently played in the magnificent "Concordia"
theatre of Borgo Maggiore in the Republic of San Marino with his trio,
including Roberto Dusi (guitar) and Andrea Taravelli (bass). The concert
was organized by the House of the Borgo Maggiore Castle and by its Captain,
Pier Orazio Pignatta.
Busy Schedule for Renzo Ruggieri
2002, the international television channel "RAI SAT" broadcast
the staging of Rosa Stipo's "La Leggenda del Fiore di Lino"
directed by David Haughton. Accordionist Renzo
Ruggieri adapted and arranged the score written by Adriana Del
Giudice, which was performed under his own direction by the Piccola
Orchestra Moderna. The show was produced by the Opera Theatre in
Rome, which confirmed Ruggieri also for the season at the National
Ruggieri was interviewed by Alex Pierotti in
October, following the release of his new album, "Spaghetti
Time". The 40-minute show was broadcast by Radio Rai International
and included several excerpts from the album, interspersed with
recently Ruggieri arranged the famous song "Vacanze Romane"
for Italian pop singer Antonella Ruggiero's performance at the Kremlin
in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra. The concerts were
broadcast live by the Russian state television.
In addition, Ruggieri performed a concert at
the 2002 Lanciano International Competition in a jazz quartet (with
Canelli, Moriconi and Manzi), and at the Bridlington
International Accordion Festival, in England. This performance
prompted the Scottish magazine "Accordion Times & News"
to honor Ruggieri on the front page of its November 2002 issue.