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Editor's Note:

Christmas and New Year draw ever closer, and next week's news will go out on December 22nd - a day earlier than normal. It would therefore help enormously if contributors can send their news by December 20th at the latest. The next Accordions Worldwide Weekly News will be on Friday January 13th. The team at Accordions Worldwide wish all our readers, clients and contributors a peaceful and restful time over the Season of Goodwill.

Rob Howard
 
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Margie Fremar Passes Away, Kansas - USA
Alexander Tchuev's Successful Year, Grevena - Greece
New Accordion Department at Conservatory, Vicenza - Italy
Free Promoting of Your Accordion Service Free on the Internet
Jim Johnstone Inducted into Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame, Scotland - UK
'All Things Accordion' Success Story, San Francisco - USA
Borsini Still in Business, Castelfidardo - Italy

 

International Accordion Competition 2005, Poprad - Slovakia

  Jon Hammond Broadcasts and Shows, California - USA
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Concerts, León - Spain
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Margie Fremar Passes Away, Kansas - USA
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Well-known accordion teacher Margie Fremar, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away on December 5th . Born in Canon City, Colorado, Margie's family moved to Fort Scott in 1920. Margie studied accordion with Alfred Vacca in Kansas City and with Joan Cochran Sommers at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Margie and her late husband Fred Fremar operated the Fremar Music Studio in Fort Scott for many years, providing musical guidance for hundreds of accordion and piano students. As the studio grew, they established the popular 'Teen Tones', an entertaining accordion sextet, which went on to perform on the Ted Mack TV Show in New York City.

Margie received numerous honors for her outstanding teaching, among which was an honor given to her at the dedication of the University of Missouri, Kansas City's Center for the Performing Arts in 1980 by the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, honoring her as one of the "Midwest's most outstanding teachers."

Margie's daughter, Karen Fremar, was a United States National Accordion Champion and winner of the CIA Coupe Mondiale Entertainment Competition in Stockholm as well as a recognized composer and performer. Karen performed three works at her mother's funeral.

In addition to her daughter, Margie is survived by her two sisters.
 
 
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Alexander Tchuev's Successful Year, Grevena - Greece
Contributed by Harley Jones

Ukranian-born Alexander Tchuev has been busy promoting the accordion in and around the Greek city of Grevena, where he now lives. Alexander has performed concerts and adjudicated at competitions, and two of his students - Vasiliki Noutsou and Dimitrios Bisiris - have been successful at the Premio di Montero competition in Italy. A few weeks ago, Alexander formed an accordion orchestra in the city of Kozani. In 2006, he intends to promote the orchestra in a series of concerts in Greece.

For further information email: alexandertchuev@yahoo.gr
    
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New Accordion Department at Conservatory, Vicenza - Italy  
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Conservatory of Vicenza has recently introduced a department for accordion, and is currently enrolling students.

For further information email: didattica@consvi.org
 
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Free Promoting of Your Accordion Service Free on the Internet
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services. The days of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and outdated business information are coming to an end. People are still letting their fingers do the walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard. Below are some revealing facts from the Kelsey Group.

- 74% of U.S. households use the Internet as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying intent.
- The percentage of respondents who used yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%. If you have a yellow page ad, it is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing dollars to the Internet.

The Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion businesses, teachers and for every type of service for accordionists. On the Accordion Yellow Pages site, you do not need to have a website for accordionists find you and contact you.

The search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service for every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers of search-accordion.com can click to your website.

Very popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.

All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these three popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future success may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to the Internet. Should it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
 

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Jim Johnstone Inducted into Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

'Hands Up for Trad', a folk music organisation based in Scotland, has instituted the 'Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame', to celebrate the performers of Scottish Traditional Music. The Hall of Fame was launched at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards on 3rd December, where the inductees were presented with their award from Patricia Ferguson, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

One of the inductees was accordionist Jim Johnstone, one of the great names of Scottish dance music. Born in 1937, Jim Johnstone played in the bands led by Jimmy Shand, Andrew Rankine and Jimmy Blue in addition to leading his own dance band. Jim Johnstone made many radio and television appearances, recordings and tours during a highly successful career, and the induction is a fitting award for this dedicated accordionist.
  
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'All Things Accordion' Success Story, San Francisco - USA

The San Francisco Chronicle recently included a series on small businesses in the Bay Area, including the company, 'All Things Accordion', owned and run by Tom Torriglia. 'All Things Accordion' was one of only 12 out of nearly 200,000 small businesses selected for a feature article, presented in a special supplement.

Also, on November 26th and 28th, accordionist Tom Torriglia appeared on the Food Network's episode of Easy Entertaining, a US television program, with Michael Chiarello's show featuring Venetian tapas. Tom played appropriate background music to accompany the Italian food.
 

Bernadette
Borsini Strongly Denies Rumors, Castelfidardo - Italy

The Borsini Accordion company, based in Castelfidardo, wish to strongly deny a rumor circulating that they have gone out of business. Rolston Accordions, a Borsini dealer based in Scotland, point out, that whilst Borsini have discontinued certain instruments for more efficient production, all other models are in full production.

The rumors about Borsini bring to mind the 19th Century American novelist Mark Twain. On learning that his obituary had been erroneously printed in a newspaper, Mark Twain (who, by coincidence, played the accordion) famously replied: "The rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated"!

For further information email: robertatcluny@hotmail.com
 
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International Accordion Competition 2005, Poprad - Slovakia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

In November, the fourth International Accordion Competition took place in the Slovak town of Poprad. This major contest involved almost 100 competitors from seven European countries as well as other participants, guests, celebrities accordionists and observers.

The competitors met in four classical solo categories, classified according to age, in chamber music, entertainment, and virtuosic music. In the solo categories, the winners were Milos Avramovic, Serbia (Under 12), Nikola Pekovic, Serbia (Under 15), Tibor Iván, Slovakia (Under 18) and Eneasz Kubit, Poland (Over 18). The winner of the chamber music category was a sympathetic Polish duo Anna Piniuta - violin - and Rafal Chmiel - accordion. Michal Cervienka, Slovakia, won the solo entertainment category as well as the EMCY Award.

The competitors' performances were judged by the international jury including the following members: Alma Flammersberger (Germany), Renzo Ruggieri (Italy) (picture left), Bogdan Dowlasz (Poland), Alexander Poeluev (Russia), Ladislav Horák (the Czech Republic), Damir Bužleta (Croatia), and Slovak accordionists Boris Lenko, Rajmund Kákoni, Juraj Libera and Marián Šabla. During the festival, besides the competition, there were also some accompanying events, seminars, concerts and it was possible to learn about the production of several music publishing companies and meet the authors of the compulsory music pieces.

A great atmosphere during the whole festival was enhanced by two outstanding concerts, which resulted in two of the most memorable performances of the entire event. During the first, the audience admired a young Russian accordionist, a jury member, Alexander Poeluev, and at the other, jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri, also a jury member, impressed with a band, Nothing But Swing Trio. The organizers are already looking forward to the next contest in Poprad, which will take place in November 2007
 
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Jon Hammond Broadcasts and Shows, California - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist, organist and broadcaster Jon Hammond writes: "I just got back from recording my new album, an official production of NDR Radio in Studio 1 Hamburg, Germany, where everybody from Hendrix to Hitler has recorded and broadcasted (no kidding!) My HammondCast show is going out over Infinity Broadcasting KYOU 1550 AM, a 10,000watt AM station in San Francisco California.

Next week I'll be playing my annual prison Christmas show with my band at San Francisco County Jail. My boys will be: Marc Baum - tenor sax and Jon Otis - drums (son of the famous Rock 'n' Roll artiste Johnny Otis) We will be in Las Vegas December 20th to 23rd and kicking off New Year' Eve with a private party gig in Marin County, California. I'll be back here in New York City for the IAJE Jazz Educators' Convention, January 11th to 13th. Tthe event is a monster, especially when it takes place in NYC!"

For further information email: laterent@tmail.com
  
Tom
Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra Concerts, León - Spain

The Zero Sette Akordeoi Orkestra perform two concerts in December in the town of León. On the 17th, at 8pm, they perform at La Venatoria; the following day, at 12.30pm, they are in concert at the Culture House, San Andres del Rabanedo.

For further information email: zerosette@euskalnet.net
  
Gary Dahl
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Richard Galliano music required - Israel
Contributed by Harley Jones

Israeli accordionist Adi Kavitzky is looking for music written by Richard Galliano. Email: kavmas@barak.net.il
 
  
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