Accordion Weekly News
Performs in Kassel Musiktage - Germany/Finland
Finish accordion trio Fratres performed two concerts on 31st July
and 1st August at the Kassel Musiktage Festival in Germany. The concerts
were part of the Mussorgski's Pictures Exhibition where the trio performed
the works of Finnish composers. On 5th August, Fratres returned to
Finland where they performed at the Lohtaja Church Music Festival.
Trio Fratres, consisting of Raimo Vertainen, Toni Hämäläinen
and Heikki Jokiaho formed in 1994 after the members graduated from
the Conservatory of Central Finland where they studied under Vladimir
Dolgopolov and Alpo Pohja among others. The trio made international
headlines from as early as October 1994 when they won first place,
small chamber category, at the prestigious Citta
di Castelfidardo " competition in Italy. Since then, the
group has performed in several Nordic countries as well as Japan,
Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Russia and Estonia.
Doktorski Performs in "Lord of the Rings Symphony" - USA
Doktorski performed with some 200 musicians and singers for three
pieces of "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" by Howard Shore.
Doktorski performed in Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra which accompanied
the Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Children's Festival Chorus &
Soprano Sissel. There were three shows from 29th to 31st July at the
Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"Howard Shore's symphony is a sometimes powerful and sometimes
intimate musical portrait of Tolkien's trilogy. The wet-tuned accordion
(Musette accordion is called for in the score) helps create an ancient
Celtic-sounding harmonic accompaniment to a beautiful fiddle melody
of the Hobbits, those adorable Halfling creatures of Middle-Earth,
who are the heroes of the epic masterpiece," said Doktorski.
The symphony is a six-movement "tour de force" which presents
the soundtrack from Peter Jackson's (movie Director) nine-hour film
trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" in a two hour opera like
performance. The styles, instruments and performers on the soundtrack
were from around the world, providing each of Tolkien's cultures
with a unique musical imprint. These performances mark Doktorski's
38th, 39th and 40th appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Balkan Music - USA
of San Francisco's best known Balkan bands, Anoush performed at
the San Pablo, Berkley on 4th August at 8.30 pm. The band performed
music from the South Balkans (including Greece, Macedonia and Armenia)
in languages such as Romany, Bulgarian, Albanian, Armenian, Aruman,
Greek, Ladino and Macedonian plus a Balkan dance lesson with Nancy
Klein during the last hour of the Anoush Concert.
The concert received warm appreciation, for Bill Cope (accordion),
Ken McCormick (violin and vocals), Michael Matthews (clarinet),
Michele Simon (Tupan and vocals). Guest artist, Dan Auvil played
the Tupan and Dumbek. The band performs regularly in several venues
of the Bay area.
and Allen Tour - Australia, New Zealand
Contributed by John McDonald
popular folk duo "Foster and Allen" are back for yet another
tour of Australia and New Zealand with a 30 Day concert tour in
September to celebrate 30 years of their musical partnership. Accordionist
Mick Foster and guitarist Tony Allen have been performing Celtic
music together since 1975. The duo made their US debut in 1996 with
the single "After All These Years" and have gained a lot
of popularity and high record sales from performing their unique
blend of easy listening and folk music.
Their 23 albums have included the immensely popular "The Rambles
of Spring", "A Bunch of Thyme", "Maggie"
and "After All These Years". After 30 years, their popularity
continues to flourish and fans often travel long distances to catch
their shows. During their September tour, the duo will release a
recording titled, "The Essential Foster & Allen" a
Triple CD to celebrate their anniversary.
Foster and Allen will perform in:
August in Dee Why at the RSL Club
September in Auckland at the Town Hall
September in Yallah at the Wednesday Woolshed
September in New Plymouth at the TSB Showplace
September in Brisbane at the Kedron-Wavell Service Club
September in Napier at the Municipal Theatre
September, a Matinee Performance at 11am in Tweed Heads, Twin
Towns Services Club
September in Palmerston North at the Regent on Broadway
September at 8.30pm in Tweed Heads at the Twin Towns Services
September in Wellington at the Opera House
September in Tweed Heads at the Twin Towns Services Club
September in Dunedin at the Regent Theatre
September in Tweed Heads at Tweed Heads at the Twin Towns Services
September in Christchurch at the Town Hall
September in Toowoomba at the Empire Theatre
Dates Continued ....
September in Rooty Hill at the RSL Club
September in Geelong at the Gpac- Ford Theatre
September in Penrith at the Evan Theatre
September in Hobart at the Tasman Hall
September in Bendigo at the Capital Theatre
September in Melbourne at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
September in Shepparton at the Eastbank Centre
September in Canberra at the Erindale Vikings Club
September in Morwell at the Kernot Hall
September in Adelaide at the Norwood Concert Hall
September in Frankston at the Arts Centre
September in Bunbury at the Entertainment Centre
September in Warrnambool at the Entertainment Centre
September in Perth at the Concert Hall
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