Competition and Festival Features World Class Musicians - USA
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) 64th Annual Competition
and Festival was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 21-25, 2004
and featured a world class variety of guest artists performing to
capacity audiences during a week that the Mayor Tom Barrett had
officially declared "Accordion Week."
The festival, which featured attendees from as far afield as Ireland,
Canada, Sweden, Austria, France, Russia and all around the USA opened
with a newly established Presidential welcome concert and Wine and
Cheese evening featuring local Wisconsin musicians and guests offering
a local musical flavor and hospitality.
festival presented world class artists in five concerts, affording
attendees the opportunity to hear the finest accordionists in a
variety of styles. The 2002 CIA double winner (Coupe
Mondiale and International Competition for Piano Accordion)
Poeluev's polished technical ability and musical style earned
him five standing ovations as he presented music from Bach, Liszt
and others including those from his native Russia composed by his
well known teacher Viatcheslav
Richard from France, the only other double CIA
competition winner (Coupe Mondiale and Virtuoso Entertainment) also
received many standing ovations for his dazzling USA debut performance,
which highlighted his flawless and effortless technical ability
with his popular and appealing program. Jérôme was
quite surprised that all 75 CD's he brought with him to sell were
snapped up instantly, leaving people scrambling for mail and Internet
other featured artist was American jazz legend Art Van Damme, who's
reputation and respect earned him a standing ovation as he walked
to the stage. Art was thrilled that he received a standing ovation
without even playing a single note! Art's show also brought many
standing ovations as the audience was treated to his legendary style
that has identified the accordion as a recognized jazz instrument.
Also performing were several orchestras including The Jarosh Accordion
Ensemble from Calgary, Canada, the 35 member K&S Accordion Orchestra
from Ireland and the UMKC
Community Accordion Orchestra from Kansas City. Each presented
polished and varied programs. Together, along with other accordionists
attending the convention, they formed the 2004 Festival Orchestra,
an 85 strong group under the direction of Joan
C. Sommers which was featured at the Peck Pavilion in downtown
Milwaukee during an outdoor concert as well as at the Gala Concert
and Banquet during the festival.
artists included a young Swedish accordionist Daniel Anderson, the
Busso Trio from Staten Island, New York (Frank Busso Sr., Frank
Busso Jr., and Christina Busso) and a variety of American based
artists including: Dee Langley and Greg Dagoumas, Lidia Kaminska,
Joanna and Stanley Darrow, Milwaukee
Accordion Club Ensemble, ATG President Stas
Venglevski, John Simkus, the ATG Board of Directors Ensemble,
Mikhail Litvin, Tony Gorenc, Amy Jo Sawyer, Kavkas and the Riverwest
In addition to the workshops given by Betty
Jo Simon (Music of Anthony Galla-Rini), Dr. Helmi Harrington
(Accordion History), Herbert
Scheibenreif (the Accordion Concerto), Gerry Kelly (Irish Accordion
Music), and Art Van Damme (the Jazz Scene.) the festival also offered
competitions for all ages and levels, exhibits and a trade show
area and a daily morning breakfast concert.
ATG inducted its 2nd and 3rd members into its International Accordion
Hall of Fame, with Myron Floren and Joan
C. Sommers receiving these prestigious awards which were presented
President Stas Venglevski.
In the festival competitions, the K&S Accordion Orchestra from
Ireland (under the direction of Gerry Kelly) won the Junior Virtuoso
Orchestra Competition, the Jarosh Accordion Orchestra (under the
direction of Maureen Jarosh) won the Open Virtuoso Orchestra and
Benjamin Lang (student of Dr.Helmi Harrington) won the US Pre-Junior
The 2004 festival was organized by Faithe
Deffner and ATG Festival Committee members Shirley Barry, Dee
Friedrich and ATG President Stas Venglevski. Pictures courtesy
of Erol Reyal, Milwaukee.
For a full review,
please visit www.accordions.com/atg
Conlon Concerts - Australia
performer and teacher Bernadette
Conlon, has some exciting performances coming up. 16th August,
Bernadette will perform at a variety concert in Caulfield RSL, St
Georges Rd in Elsternwick. This concert takes place monthly and
it usually features professional musicians from television and theatre
performing all genre of music.
29th August, Bernadette is performing with the Frankston Symphony
Orchestra at the Performing Arts Centre, Frankston where Bernadette
will be guest soloist, playing two accordion concertos and bandoneon
at 2.30 pm.
1st November, launches her new CD followed by a 3 hour concert at
the Bentleigh Organ Club, Coatesville Bowling Club, Bentleigh East,
Melbourne. Next year, Bernadette
performs on 27th and 28th February at the Paynesville Jazz Festival
at various venues in Gippsland, Victoria. The Paynesville Jazz festival
is an annual event focused on Jazz and Bernadette heads the list
of artists to perform there.
Pinelli Concert - Argentina
master of the bandoneon, Daniel Pinelli has an exciting schedule
of performances from now to December in Brazil, USA, Canada and
Argentina. Pinelli is popular for his renditions of works by Horacio
Salgán, Ariel Ramirez and especially Astor Piazzolla.
He has toured extensively in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Australia,
China, Japan, South America and USA. Pinelli's performances reflect
the elegance and subtlety of the Tango, the sauciness of the Milonga,
the romance of the Waltz and the temperament and power of contemporary
Future appearances include:
August 7 at Vancouver, Canada.
August 29 with the Sinfónica OSPA in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
September- October - November with the Tango Metropolis in the USA.
November 24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the Teatro Municipal
December 21 - with the St. Petersburg Orchestra in Russia.
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4th Pakefield International Accordion Festival - UK
4th Pakefield International Accordion Festival will be held on 24th
to 28th September. Dubbed "The Friendly Festival", the
event will take place within Pontins superb holiday complex near
will be performances by Charlie Watkins, Gary Blair, Alexander
Dmitriev, Vitaly Dmitriev, Giancarlo Caporilli, Norvic Concordia,
Stockport Accordion Orchestra, Johnny Coleclough, Bert Santilly
and John Nixon.
Workshops include; Intermediate with Brian Jenkins, Elementary with
Peter Whiteley, Beginners with Bert Santilly, Big Band Swing with
John Nixon, Scottish with Gary Blair, Vintage with Heather Smith,
Buskers with Johnny Coleclough and Jazz with Bert Santilly. There
will also be dancing lessons, daily 'Free & Easy' sessions,
auction of accordions and accordion accessories and trade stands
by WEM and the Accordion Shop. Masterclasses with international
artists are still being arranged.
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Romanko Concerts - Russia, Germany, Switzerland
award winning Russian Bayan artist and professor at the Ural Conservatory
of Jekaterinburg, Victor
Romanko has just released his list of performances for the coming
months. Victor was recently awarded the highest accolade for Russian
artists, an award titled the "People's Artist of Russia "
on June 11th, by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Romanko will perform in Switzerland on:
5th September at the Winterthur, "Church Rosenberg"
10th September at 8pm in "Brüttisellen, Aula of the secondary
level school "Bruggwiesen"
11th September at 7pm in Hettlingen, church
24th September at 8.15pm in Effretikon
26th September in Dietlikon, church.
For more information, log onto http://www.jb-music.de/romanko.htm
or email Jutta.Menn@t-online.de
International Festival - UK
The Sidmouth International Festival will be held from 30th
July to 6th August celebrating its Golden Jubilee year in Sidmouth.
Artists scheduled to perform at the festival include:
Waterson Family Special, Danu, Kepa Junkera Band Banditaliana featuring
Riccardo Tesi, Roy Bailey & Tony Benn, John Tams & Barry
Coope, Chris Smither Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Sid Kipper, Song
Links 2, The Fagans, Black Umfolosi 5, Johnny Dickinson, Angus Lyon
& Ruaridh Campbell, The Johnson Girls, Sara Grey, Kieron Means,
Dan Milner & Bob Conroy and Jarlath Henderson the winner of
the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003.
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