"Domenica In" is one of the most important TV programmes
in Italy with over 6 million viewers, presented by Pippo Baudo every
Sunday afternoon on RAI Uno, Italy’s premiere TV channel. More
Sunday 2nd December, the Musical Director Pippo Caruso, chose to feature
the accordion in various musical styles. The musicians, who all performed
live, were Mirco
Patarini, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Renzo
Ruggieri, Luca Colantonio, Eleonora Tomassetti & Paolo Rozzi.
Each artist played a different style of music.
For the finale they played together accompanied by the "Domenica In" Orchestra, the famous tango “La Cumparsita” arranged by Pippo Caruso. The irresistible tune drove the popular presenter to invite the actress Anna Falchi to dance with him.
The six musicians were very satisfied with the performance as it is very rare that such popular TV shows as this devote so much time to instrumental music.
During rehearsals Pippo Caruso told the artists that every time the
accordion appears on screen the viewing figures rise faster than with
any other instrument. This success will probably be the first of a
series of important appearances for the accordion on Italian TV. More
Blackpool Accordions International 2008, Lancashire – UK
‘Blackpool Accordions International 2008’ will take place
from May 9th to 13th. The venue is the prestigious Dunes Conference
Organizer Heather Smith, Editor of the 'Accordion Profile' magazine
says, "This is a new accordion event, which will take place
alongside the already well established annual Organ/Keyboard Festival, organized
by Grant Neal (Sceptre Promotions and Keyboard Cavalcade magazine).
We feel that the two music festivals running side by side
will be a great success, the whole of the site being taken over
by like-minded people!! A musical haven".
booked to appear include: Duo
Paris-Moscow, (picture right), Italy’s Giancarlo Caporilli,
and the UK’s Romano
Viazzani (picture left), Gary Blair, Bert Santilly and Harry Hussey.
Workshops will take place during the day, concerts each evening followed
by Scottish Dancing and then after hours music/jam sessions. The trade
show includes Geoff Holter Accordions, The
Accordion Shop and John Douglas Music.
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Nils Lundin Honored, Massachussetts – USA
Contributed by Donna Maria Regis
MA--A large, international group of accordion enthusiasts recently gathered
in Braintree, Massachssetts, to celebrate the 86th birthday of composer/conductor/performer
Nils Lundin and to honor his 55 years of service to the Braintree
Viking Club, site of the surprise testimonial dinner and benefit concert.
Nils’ original compositions were prominently featured on the program, along with music by other Scandinavian composers. Accordionists who performed included Warren Johnson (Massachusetts), Jon-Richard and Kassandra Knoff (Vermont and Norway), Mario Pedone (Texas), Donna Maria Regis (New Hampshire), Pär Wahlgren (Sweden), Laurie and Peter Widmark (New Hampshire). Proceeds from the event went to Nils’ favorite charity.
Milivojevic, student of Prof.
Owen Murray, at the Royal Academy of music in London, has been
nominated by the Royal Academy to represent it in a new competition
involving all four London Conservatories: Royal Academy, Royal College,
Trinity and Guildhall school of music and drama. Each institution
will nominate a student and the competition,called the Davis Butler
London Prize, will take place in the famous Wigmore Hall on Easter
In June Milos won the Royal Academy of Music Club Prize where he competed against the best Academy students and received high praise from the jury which included opera singer Dame Felicity Lott and violinist Clio Gould.
Milos is a first year Post Graduate student and successfully balances his studies with a very active and ever growing concert career.
November 16th, Norwegian accordionist Emil Johansen performed a concert
in Grafarvog’s Church, Reykjavik, with a program including works
by Pietro Frosini, Pietro Deiro, Toralf Tollefsen and Astor Piazzolla.
The occasion for the concert was the 30th anniversary celebration
of the accordion orchestra Félag harmonikuunnenda.
The concert was broadcast live on the National Radio Channel, heard by an audience of 75,000 listeners around the country. Emil played one of his own compositions, titled ’Roundabout’. The composition is about one of his concert-tours through Scotland and England, driving his car in strange places and not knowing which side of the road to drive on. He got stuck in several roundabouts, hence the name ’Roundabout’ for the melody!
At the evening Emil’s solo concert lasted for about 1 hour and
15 minutes, before a very excited audience.
The orchestra later held a celebration party, at which Emil gave a 20 minutes’ concert and later played for dancing.
Italian accordionists Roberto Caberlotto and Gilberto Meneghin Neirotti,
both from Venice, known as the Duo Dissonance, performed concerts
in Brussels, November 22nd to 25th.
The performances were very well received, and their repertoire spanned
the centuries, including works by JS Bach and such contemporary
composers as Ugoletti, Priori, Fattambrini, Caberlotto, and Meneghin.
Both players were very satisfied with their trip to Belgium.
Renato Bellardinelli, who is a CD reviewer for Accordions Worldwide,
presented a variety of accordion recordings in a program on www.radiomatta.it,
transmitting from Osimo, Ancona, on Monday December 4th at 10.30pm.
The program is set to be repeated on Saturday December 8th, 10.30pm.
The recordings included music played on accordion, diatonic accordion,
bandoneon and the harmonica.
Ruggieri performs some of his own works at the Teatro Polifunzionale
di Pineto, during the Doci Romori Jazz Festival, on Sunday December
16th, 9.30pm. Entrance is free. Performing alongside Renzo are Massimo
Moriconi - bass, Paolo Di Sabatino - piano, Glauco Di Sabatino - drums,
the Orchestra da Camera Benedetto Marcello – conducted by Massimiliano
Caporale, and the actor Paolo Perelli.
in 1994, Quartetto Gelato's musical artistry has been seen and heard
in venues from New York to Los Angeles and from London to Tokyo. National
Public Radio recognized the group with its 1996 'Debut Artiste of
the Year' award and its latest CD 'Neapolitan Café' remains
a fixture on the US Billboard Classical Crossover chart since its
release in April 2001.
Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato programs
are filled with an intriguing mix of traditional masterworks, operatic
arias, tangos and folk songs from around the world. The quartet's
lineup includes: Shalom Bard, clarinet; Peter DeSotto, tenor, violin
and mandolin; Alexander Sevastian, accordion and piano; and Carina
Quartetto Gelato's forthcoming concerts include:
December 10th, 7.30pm - Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street,
Kelowna, British Columbia
December 11th, 7.30pm - Penticton High Auditorium, 158 Eckhardt Ave,
E. Penticton, BALL CHANGE
December 12th, 7.30pm -Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South
Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BALL CHANGE
December 15th, 8pm - Christchurch Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario
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