My solo CD – ”Music with Mary...with my friends!”  is now ready!  The CD includes new cuts with guitar, percussion, piano, string quartet, and even a symphony – along with my solos, of course.  The solos span lots of genres, too -  classical, accordion classics, tango, novelty, ethnic and even a world premier of Maddalena Belfiore’s early-years manuscript, “Scherzo in B Flat minor”. My mission since re-entering the solo concert arena has been to “specialize” in compositions written by my accordion “friends” and the composers who inspired me to pursue a music career.  The repertoire has been vast and very entertaining (for me and I hope for my audiences!).

Aside from being in the recording studio a lot to accomplish complete CD #2, over the last year I’ve performed internationally in China and Canada – and in the U.S. in Connecticut (of course), Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia/D.C., Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee... phew!  Squeezing in rehearsals and recording sessions was a challenge! I’ve established a new duo – “Buttons & Keys” – with pianist and now dear friend, Dessislava Vassileva Vaughan, Dessie, for short!  We were connected by a mutual friend in 2007 when Dessie was looking for an American accordionist to perform her father’s music, Todor Gerov is a reknowned Bulgarian composer, musician and accordionist.  When Dessie and I met and played together for the first time, I knew it was a match made in heaven.  Dessie is one of the most musical pianists I have ever encountered and her father’s works are incredible, too.  I’ve recorded several of them already, and he continues to write more new works for our duo.  Wait until you hear them!


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For information on how to book a concert, Mary can be reached at 203-484-5095 or by email at mary.tokarski@comcast.net


mary tokarski accordionist June 4, 2014
8:00 PM at La Villini Restaurant in Long Island. Mary will be the guest of the Long Island Accordion Alliance for an evening of music and fun!
  
June 6, 2014
The Schubert Club of Fairfield County will present its year end concert and annual meeting at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT - 10:00 a.m. Mary will perform Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Accordion and Orchestra, with Alexis Zingale on piano accompaniment. An exciting accordion work, contemporary and beautiful . . . Don't miss this one! Contact Mary for ticket info.
 
June 6 - 22, 2014
Westport Country Playhouse production of “Sing For Your Shakespeare”, created by Wayne Barker, Mark Lamos and Deborah Grace Winer. See www.westportcountryplayhouse.com for details and tickets.
   
June 22, 2014
The CAA presents a special event at the New England Accordion Museum in Canaan, CT. A special concert featuring CAA members will top off an interesting look into the history of Curator Paul Ramunni's collection of accordions of all sizes, shapes and design. Contact Marilyn O'Neil for reservations and tickets - marilyn@ctaccordion.com
 
June 28, 2014
Mary performs "in concert" at the Calgary Accordion Association's annual Festival and Competition in Calgary, Canada. Please visit www.accordion-now.com for more information on the concert and the weekend Festival activities.
  
July 9-12, 2014
AAA Festival in Tarrytown, NY. Chock full of concerts, workshops and performances. Among the artists are Vladimir Mollov, Dallas Vietty,Guy Klusevcek, the Youth Outreach Jazz program, the Junior Festival Orchestra and more. Check out the website at www.ameraccord.com

July 11, 2014
Mario Tacca and Friends (a quartet of accordion champions – Mario Tacca, Mary Tokarski, Julie Cardona, Beverly Roberts) with special guest Mary Mancini.
  
July 27 - August 10, 2014
Mary is on the staff to teach, present workshops and perform at the Peter Soave Music Academy in Sauris, Italy. The venue is a little bit of heaven right here on earth, so if you can fit in the trip, it is worth every minute! Visit the website www.petersoavemusicacademy.com for details.
  
August 18-21, 2014
Las Vegas Accordion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel in sunny Las Vegas.  Mary will present workshops throughout the event.  Bring your questions and Mary will supply the answers for you!
   
August 29-September 1, 2014
Montmagny Accordion Festival (Carrefour Mondiale de l'Accordeon) in Quebec, Canada. A weekend full of spectacular accordion artists from around the world. Stay tuned for the actual concert dates. Mary will appear several times through the weekend event.  Visit www.accordeonmontmagny.com for more details.
 
October 1, 2014
Long Island Accordion Alliance – La Villini Restaurant, 288 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY  11731. 
 


 

 
National Performances:

- First Guest Artist Appearance at 12 with the Fernino Quintet
- Performed as "guest artist" throughout the U.S., France and Belgium
- Performed with world-reknowned artists Dr. Willard A. Palmer and Bill Hughes
  (Dr. Palmer is co-author of the famous Alfred's Basic Piano Library)
- Soloist with the Texas Accordion Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne in Dallas, Texas, 2003
- Selected "Concert Master" under the baton of world-reknowned conductors:
  Gary Daverne (Auckland Symphony, New Zealand)
  Joan Cochran Sommers (Formerly of the University of Missouri, Kansas City)
  Janet Millard (Milwaukee Philharmonic)

International Performances:

- Belgium, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and China

Productions:

- Fiddler On The Roof (American Musical Theater, New London, CT)
- Alcyone (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT)

Appearances With:

- Accordion Pops Orchestra (Conducted by Maestro Daniel Desiderio, Philadelphia, PA)
- Accordion Symphony Society of New York (Conducted by Maestro Joseph Biviano, then of New York City)
- Latin Arts Festival at Southern Connecticut State College
- Numerous Radio & Television Appearances
  

repertoire

 
SYMPHONIC works:
 
Aconcagua (Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra), Astor Piazzolla
Fantasy for Accordion and Orchestra, Paul Creston
Opale Concerto, Richard Galliano
Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra, Gary Daverne
A Musical Party, Gary Daverne
Manhattan Concerto, Eugene Ettore
Concerto in E, Pietro Deiro
The Fox and The Hound, Frank Mucedola
Dog-Gone Accordion, Frank Mucedola
 
QUARTET works:
 
Tango for Five, Klaus Paier
Concert Waltz, Gary Daverne
Tango Blues, Roger Davidson

SOLO works include:
 
Ritual Fire Dance, Manuel de Falla
March from “The Nutcracker”, P.I. Tchaikovsky
March of the Toys, Victor Herbert
Chiquilin de Bachin, Astor Piazzolla
Calambre, Astor Piazzolla
Flight of the Bumble Bee, Rimsky-Korsakov
Malaguena, Ernesto Lecuona
Midnight Fantasy, Todor Gerov
Moon River, Henry Mancini
Polonaise in A Major, F. Chopin
Remembering A Legend:  Charles Magnante, Dr. William Schimmel
Tea For Two, Vincent Youmans/Michael Fernino


premieres

 
Tarantella Fuoco by Joseph Natoli – World Premiere, August 16, 2013
AAA 75th Anniversary Festival at the Hotel New Yorker, New York City – August 16, 2013 – duet with composer Joe Natoli
 
Sapphire by Karen Fremar – World Premiere, June 15, 2013
with Karen Fremar (Accordion) and Janne Silfverberg (Hand Drums) – Bragg Auditorium, All Souls Unitarian Church, Kansas City, MO
 
Tango Blues by Roger Davidson – World Premiere, July 16, 2010
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Quartet members: Mary Tokarski - Accordion, Flute - Christina Busso, Viola – Alice Bish, Cello – Yulia Zhukovay
 
Retrospection by Todor Gerov – World Premiere, March 11, 2009
with daughter Dessie Vaughan (pianist) – Ives Concert Hall, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Sentimental Souvenir by Stas Venglevski – World Premiere, January 24, 2009
at Frank Marocco Accordion Camp, Mesa, Arizona

Scherzo in B Flat Minor by Maddalena Belfiore (edited by Mary Tokarski) - World Premiere, June 21, 2008
AAA 70th Anniversary Concert - Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Buttons & Keys by Todor Gerov – World Premiere, January 23, 2008
with daughter Dessie Vaughan (pianist) – - Weston Senior Center, Weston, CT

U.S. Premiere – Tango for Five by Klaus Paier (accordion with string quartet), August, 2007
Coupe Mondiale in Washington, D.C.c)


  

 


2014 Concerts

March 23, 2014
Accordion Plus event at the CT Accordion Association meeting at Vasi's Restaurant,1700 Watertown Avenue,Waterbury, CT. Meeting begins at 1:00 PM. Joining Mary will be former Touch Of Class band member Jim Baldoni on guitar. Join us for some fun entertainment!
 
March 29, 2014
AAMS honors Jim Vandelly. Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ. Dinner and concert starts at 6:00 PM
 
April 6, 2014
the AAA's annual Carrozza Scholarship Dinner and Concert at the Magnanini Winery in Walkill, NY. Noon to 5 PM. The "K" Duo (Mary Tokarski and Julie Cardona) will participate in the program of artists. In addition, several of the young musicians from our festivals will be performing at the event. Don't miss this one!
 
April 27, 2014
1:00 PM - The Connecticut Accordion Association celebrates it's 10th Anniversary with a dinner and concert to benefit the AAA's Youth Programs. Mary will be among the performers as well as conducting the young participants in an ensemble performance special for the day! Hear young accordionists from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia on this very special day, and help support the AAA's programs to boot! Contact Marilyn O'Neil at marilyn@ctaccordion.com for tickets. Visit the CAA website at www.ctaccordion.com for more details about the association and it's activities.
  
May 18, 2014
1:00 PM - Mary Tokarski in Concert at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 172 Covington Street, Youngstown, Ohio. The concert will include selections written specifically for Mary by composers Karen Fremar and Todor Gerov, along with many of Mary's favorites from her CD's. Special guest Betty Bannon will join Mary in duets on accordion and piano to top off the concert!
 
2013 Concerts
 
New Year 2013
Mainland China Tour with the Mantovani Orchestra

January 20, 2013
CD Kick-off concert (The Irish Side of Me) with Michael Jovovich, Joe Utterback, Eric Nyquist, Brian Coralian and Tony LaVorgna. A side of ME not seen by many – great fun performing Irish music!

February 15, 2013
The Schubert Club Annual Concert at the Darien Congregational Church in Darien, CT

March 14, 2013
Jewish Home in Fairfield, CT

March 16, 2013
Guest Artist as AAMS-MAMTG honors Beverly Roberts Curnow

April 21, 2013
Dance Set at the AAA’s Carrozza Scholarship Dinner and Dance at the Villa Barone in Mahopac, NY

May 4, 2013
Concert at Earthsong Music School in Middletown, Maryland

May 11, 2013
Guest on the Tony Magno Italian House Party Radio Show on WWUH 91.3 FM

June 5, 2013
Long Island Accordion Alliance – La Villini

July 24-August 4, 2013
Peter Soave Music Academy – Guest Instructor for Workshops, Lessons, Concerts in beautiful Sauris, Italy

August 14-18, 2013
AAA’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in New York City – Performances on the Luncheon Concert including a duet with Beverly Roberts Curnow, the Gala Concert which included performances by The “K” Duo (Mary with sister Julie Cardona), and a World Premiere Performance of “Tarantella Fuoco” with the composer, Joe Natoli, AND a Guest Appearance as Soloist with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Professor Joan Cochran Sommers performing Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Accordion and Orchestra.

August 19-25, 2013
Adjudicating at the Confederation Internationale des Accordionists in magnificent Victoria, Canada

October 31, 2013
Las Vegas International Accordion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel in sparkling Las Vegas along with guests artists Peter and Mady Soave, Dick Contino, Stas Venglevski, Joey Miskulin, Steve Albini, Corky Bennett, Jeff Lisenby and Joan Cochran Sommers.

November 16, 2013
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents Virgil Thomson’s “Four Saints in Three Acts” at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115 – 8:00 p.m. – Accordionist, Mary Tokarski
 
December 1, 2013
Special Guest at the Schubert Club Concert at the New Canaan Inn, Oanoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT
 
December 5, 2013
Special Guest with the Branford Musical Arts Society Christmas Social Event
 
December 14, 2013
Guest Artist at the Connecticut Accordion Association annual Holiday Concert at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405. Special appearance by The "K" Duo as well!
 
December 15, 2013
Guest Artist at the Accordion Pops Christmas Celebration – Holy Trinity Church, 100 Main Street, Helmetta, NJ 08828
 
December 19, 2013
Guest Artist at the Hamden Symphony Orchestra Concert – Hamden High School, Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT
 

2012 Concerts

January 22, 2012
The Connecticut Accordion Association Monthly Meeting will feature Mary "In Concert", with a brief presentation on recent travels and world-wide events. 1:00 p.m. at Spartan's Restaurant, Meriden-Waterbury Road, Plantsville, CT.

March 31, 2012
Dan Desiderio Tribute concert - MAMTG/AAMS Festival at the Marriott Hotel in Whippany, NJ. Honoree Banquet at 6:00 p.m. (contact www.aamsaccordionfestival.com for reservations), concert at 8:00 p.m. Concert will feature The Accordion Pops Orchestra conducted by Al Terzo, Bevely Curnow, Mary Tokarski (I will also solo with the Accordion Pops), Lenny Feldmann, Albert Manginelli, The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra and the Acme Accordion Club.

April 22, 2012
The Annual AAA Carrozza Scholarship event - this year at the beautiful Villa Barone in Mahopac, NY. See www.ameraccord.com for details and reservations.

April 23, 2012
5:00 p.m. & April 24 at 3:00 p.m. - Youngstown University Seminar and Composition Conference

April 25, 2012
“Music with Mary” at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, Ohio - 7:00 p.m.

May 1, 2012
"Music with Mary" at A World of Accordions Museum, 1401 Belknap Street, Superior, Wisconsin

June 5, 2012
"Discovery Day" at the New Visions Elementary School in Freeport, NY - Mary will present the book "An Accordion! What is That?", answer questions and perform for the children of the school.

Mary appears at the Long Island Accordion Alliance meeting 7:00 p.m. at La Villini Restaurant, 288 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731. Tel. 631-261-6344 - see you there - we will have FUN!

June 10, 2012
"In Concert" and as a soloist with the Accordion Pops Orchestra - 2:00 p.m. at the Imperial Music Center Concert Hall, 48 Appleby Avenue, South River, NJ - Tickets $10 at the door.

June 23, 2012
Concert presented by the Calgary Accordion Association of Canada. 7:00 p.m.
Austria Canadian Club (Alpine Room), 3112 11th Street, Northeast Calgary, Canada.  Tickets $15.00

July 13-14, 2012
AAA Festival in Baltimore, MD - Mary will perform Richard Galliano's Opale Concerto (2 & 3 movements) as soloist with the Festival Orchestra, Stas Venglevski conducting. Also during the Festival, Mary and Stas will perform his composition "Sentimental Souvenir", which was dedicated to Mary!

July 29 - August 4, 2012 and August 5-11, 2012
Peter Soave Music Academy in Sauris, Italy - Mary will conduct classes, workshops and lessons, as well as Concerts featuring Mary with Peter, Mady and other guests. Go to www.petersoavemusicacademy.com for details and reservations!

September 24-27, 2012
Las Vegas Accordion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel in exciting Las Vegas! See you there. Contact www.accordionstars.com for details and reservations.

Christmas 2012 - Mainland China Tour with the Mantovani Orchestra

2011 Concerts

 
January 18 through Feb. 9, 2011
Mary tours Mainland China with the Mantovani Orchestra! A wonderful tour with 7 concerts, exciting music with lots of accordion spotlights!

March 27, 2011
The Connecticut Premier of Roger Davidson's "Tango Blues" with Alexandra Tucker Slap on flute, Gretchen Frazier on viola, and Jack Hsu on Cello. The premier was part of the Hamden Symphony Orchestra's benefit event for the Hamden Public School Youth Enrichment Programs. Dodds Hall Theater, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post road, West Haven, CT.
 
April 2, 2011
Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers' Guild in conjunction with the American Accordion Musicalogical Society honor Mary Tokarski. Special appearances by the Connecticut Accordion Orchestra conducted by Linda Soley Reed, the Potomac Accordion Orchestra conducted by Joan Grauman, the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra conducted by Stanley Darrow, Bruce Gassman, Silvia Eberly, Mike Legget, and Dr. Lou Persic, with Jim Vandelly acting as M.C. Many thanks to all who made the evening special for me! And a special "Thank you" to my CT friends (Julie Cardona, Marilyn O'Neil, Judy Sehnal, Linda Soley Reed, Sandy Zera and Bob Vitale), who surprised me with a performance of Joe Natoli's melodic and warm "Waltz for Ron" - loving renamed for the event to "Waltz for Mary". Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ.
 
May 2, 2011
Special Guest at the American Guild of Music Great Lakes Regional Contest Awards presentation at the Westin Detroit Metro Airport Hotel. The audience of over 600 people went "wild" after Mary's rendition of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena", John Gart's "On Thin Ice" and Frank Mucedola's "The Fox and The Hound". They never imagined what could come out of an accordion -- I truly felt like a Rock Star! Thanks, Detroit!
 
July 30, 2011
The AAA sponsored Master Class and Concert Series at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City was a smash. The workshops were entertaining, light hearted, and educational. The Saturday evening concert featured all styles of music, and concluded once again with Mary's contribution to the program. Dr. William Schimmel joined Mary in a selection he wrote entitled "Neo Rota" - for 2 accordions, in the style of Nino Rota, the famous film music writer. The music was awesome, and the audience was enthralled. In keeping with the "Majestic" theme of the event, Mary performed her medley entitled "The Royalty Suite", highlighting the music of Queen Maddalena Belfiore, and King Charles Magnante. (Music for the first movement included Maddalena's Scherzo in B flat minor, Pan Polka and Frosini's Jolly Caballero, and the second movement began with Dr. Schimmel's lament at the time of Magnante's death - Remembering a Legend: Charles Magnante, and went on to feature some of Magnante's most memorable performance works: Malaguena, Tantalizing, Flight of the Bumble Bee and Accordiana.
 
September 24, 2011
"An Accordion! What Is That?" came alive with a narration by Buzz Treble (vocalist and voice-over artist Patti Zaretzky) and music performed by Mary Tokarski to an attentive crowd of youngsters at the CT Accordion Association's monthly meeting. Patti appeared as "Buzz" in her yellow and black attire, complete with wings, antennae and character. The children enjoyed the music and learning all about the accordion. Two of Mary's students - Tor Stumo (12) and Nathan Chapeton (10) - helped to entertain the guests as we celebrated Grandparent's Day at CAA.

October 1-6, 2011
Mary served as a United States Delegate to the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) World Accordion 165th International General Assembly of Delegates Congress for the American Accordionists' Association (AAA). Mary also served as a member of the International Jury Panel – an honor she has been selected to perform for the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships events in Croatia (2010), New Zealand (2009) and Scotland (2008). Along with accordionists from around the world, Mary served as Principal of her section in the World Accordion Orchestra V, and has participated in this CIA Global Initiative since its inception in the United States in 2007.

October 31, 2011
In concert at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reservations for the event can be made at www.AccordionStars.com
 
November 6, 2011
Concert Accordionist, Mary Tokarski will be the featured soloist with the Hamden Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 p.m. on November 6, 2011 at the Hamden Middle School Auditorium, 2623 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT – Vesna Mehinovic, Conducting. December 10, 2011 - The CT Accordion Orchestra will present an "Afternoon of Music", including some holiday selections and light classical works. Mary will present a "premiere" performance of her new arrangement of Victor Herbert's "March of the Toys" . . . don't miss it!
 
December 11, 2011
The Schubert Club of Connecticut presents a Holiday Entertainment Concert at the New Canaan Inn, 73 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, Connecticut. The free concert begins at 3:00 p.m., donations graciously accepted.

2010 Concerts
 
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 8:00 pm Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD
Charles Ellis and Shawn Burke-Storer, Conductors - Mary Tokarski, Accordion

Marquez....................Danzon No. 2 (Side-by-Side)
Piazzolla...................Aconcagua: Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra
Prokofiev..................Symphony No. 7 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131

Venue: Prince George's Community College, Hallam Theater, Queen Anne Fine Arts Building
Single Ticket General Admission: $20, Seniors: $18, Age 18 and under free (ticket required). Single Tickets go on sale the night of the concert beginning at 7 pm, cash or check only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, by check. Please click here for the Single Ticket mail-in order form. All seating is unreserved. Free Parking.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - I will appear as a soloist on the Hamden Symphony Benefit Concert for the Homeless. Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Augusta Lewis Troup School, 259 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - "A Night on the Left Bank" - Cabaret Show with Megan Owen Vocals, Mary Tokarski Accordion, Richard Danley Piano - Duplex Theater, 61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue), New York City, NY 10014. Phone 212-255-5438 or www.theduplex.com for tickets and information.


2009 Concerts

January 21-25, 2009 – Guest Artist at the Frank Marocco Accordion Event at the Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn & Resort, Mesa, Arizona
 
April 9, 2009 – 1:00 p.m. -- East Hampton Library, 105 Main Street, East Hampton, CT  06424


2008 Concerts
 
January, 2008 - Workshop & Concert for National Accordion Day in Albany, New York

January, 2008 - “Buttons & Keys” performs for the Weston Senior Luncheon

February, 2008 - Guest Artist at the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Concert, Whitney Center, Hamden, CT

February, 2008 - U.S. Premier of Midnight Fantasy” by Todor Gerov

March, 2008 - A.A.A. Carrozza Scholarship Event at the Magnanini Winery – solo -- plus a duet with Mario Tacca, “Gentilezza” (composed by Mario)

March, 2008 - American Accordion Musicological Society, King of Prussia, PA – another duet performance of “Gentilezza” (and assorted others) with Mario Tacca!

April, 2008 - Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Association – Spring Festival – “Buttons & Keys” Guests Artists

April, 2008 - Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, New Jersey – Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert

May, 2008 - Concert with the Michigan Accordion Pops Orchestra in Detroit, MI

June, 2008 - Youngstown University, Dana New Music Society and Sts. Peter & Paul Church present Accordion Energy – Mary Tokarski in Concert!

June, 2008 - Nashville, TN – Accordionists and Teachers Guild event – performed as Concert Mistress with the Board of Directors Ensemble and the Festival Orchestra, and as a soloist for the National Event

June, 2008 - “World Premiere” of Maddalena Belfiore’s “Scherzo in B Flat minor” at the A.A.A.’s 70th Anniversary Concert Extravaganza. 

June, 2008 - Guest Soloist with the Accordion Pops Orchestra, performing the 1st Movement of Eugene Ettore’s “Manhattan Concerto” at the A.A.A.’s 70th Anniversary Concert Extravaganza.
 
July 9, 2008 – Noon to 1 p.m. – Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT – Tribute to America Luncheon

July 17, 2008 --  1:15 p.m. – Goodwin Levine Jewish Home for the Aged, 169 Davenport Avenue, New Haven, CT 

July 20, 2008 – 4:00 p.m. – Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 

July 26, 2008 – “The Last Frontier” Concert & Master Class Series hosted by Dr. William Schimmel at the Tenri Cultural Institute, Soho, New York.  Workshop in the Afternoon, Concert at 7:00 p.m.

July 31st, Thursday - 7:30 p.m. - with the Bronxville Pops Orchestra, a concert on the green at Bronxville High School, 177 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville NY

August 2, 2008 – Accordions Now! Festival, sponsored by New Hampshire Accordion Association and Accordion Connection LLC – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.  Mary will present a workshop “Making Performing Fun” for the adult performer (1:30 p.m.) – learn mental techniques to control your anxiety and what to do to PREVENT the anxiety right from the start!

August 13-17, 2008 – American Accordionists’ Association Festival - Holiday Inn/Rosslyn, 1900 North Ft. Myer Drive, Arlington, VA  22209. Buttons & Keys” (Mary and Dessie Vaughan) will be featured as Guest Artists on the Friday Evening Concert, August 15th at the AAA Festival.  See you there!

September 29 – October 2, 2008 – International Accordion Convention at the Gold Coast Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada


2007 Concerts
 
wuhan concert
 
February, 2007 - On tour with the Mantovani Orchestra in Mainland China. 8 Concerts in Shanghai, Wuhan (above), Beijing (below) and Quangzhou, (Story attached) Performed as a member of the orchestra, and was asked to be a soloist for 5 of our 7 concerts!
 
mary in concert in Beijing
 
March, 2007 - Guest Artist at the American Accordion Musicological Society Festival in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

March, 2007 - Performed with Mario Tacca at the Magnanini Winery for the A.A.A. Carrozza Scholarship Event

March, 2007 - Presented a Workshop on my travels at the American Accordionists Association Festival in Hazlet, New Jersey

April, 2007 - Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts . . . with the Accordion Pops Orchestra, and as a soloist

April, 2007 - Workshop for Schubert Club Members in Stamford, CT

June 2, 2007 - 8:30 a.m. - with the Connecticut Accordion Orchestra, performing for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure at Hartford's Bushnell Park. 6:00 p.m. - Guest Artist appearance - Al Terzo Presents - "A Spring Recital" . . . at the Polish Cultural Foundation, 177 Broadway, Clark NJ

June 5, 2007 - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Sterling Glen of Stamford, 77 Third Street, Stamford, Connecticut - Music "Around The World" - call Sterling Glen for attendance info 203-327-4551, Linda

June 15, 2007 - 7:30 p.m. - Music with Mary . . . Solo Concert . . . FREE . . . at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, Connecticut 06405. Included in the concert will be works from Mary's FIRST solo CD "Music with Mary . . . for my Friends!" . . . PLUS . . . some other exciting accordion music . . . AND . . . a U.S. PREMIERE: music by Bulgarian Composer Todor Gerov, Including a piano/accordion duet -- pianist, Dessislava Vassileva (Todor's daughter) . . . and MUCH MORE! Join me for the fun.

June 18-21, 2007 - Las Vegas Accordion Convention, Gold Coast Hotel. Mary will present workshops on several of the days, and appear as soloist. Will let you know the dates as soon as I KNOW THEM!

July 21, 2007 - 12 Noon - The Accordion Connection, 135 NH Rt 106, Unit 1, Gilmanton, NH 03237-4924 - a Concert and workshop

July 28, 2007 - Schimmel Workshop - Seminar in the Afternoon, Concert at 7:00 p.m.

July, 2007 - Guest Artist, with duo partner, Dessie Vaughan (“Buttons & Keys”) at the CT Accordion Association

July, 2007 - Soloist with the Bronxville Pops Orchestra, Bronxville, New York

July, 2007 - Performed for Todor Gerov, composer – “Roller Skates”, “Midnight Fantasy” and “Chippy, Cheppy, Chu” (with Dessie)

August 13-19, 2007 - Alexandria, Virginia - Coupe Mondiale Festival/AAA-ATG Festivals: performed as a soloist, in duo with Amy Jo Sawyer, and in the “first ever” World Accordion Orchestra (166 members from around the world). Performances included: U.S. Premier of Klaus Paier’s “Tango for Five” with Quartango, a string quartet from Washington, D.C., U.S. Premier of “Buttons & Keys”, “Chippy, Cheppy, Chu” by Todor Gerov, and the accordion/piano duo (Mary with Dessie Vaughan) and U.S. Premier of “Roller Skates” by Bulgarian composer Todor Gerov

September 7, 2007 - Montreal, Canada - The Year of the Women Accordionists! Guest Artist Appearance - I'm getting the venue info

September 16, 2007 - WMAS Guest Artist, Virginia

October 21, 2007 - 3:00 p.m. - Southern Connecticut State University, Charles Garner Recital Hall. Benefit Concert for the CT Academy of Arts & Sciences

October, 2007 - Invited as a Guest Artist for Connecticut’s Own “Women in the Arts” at the Wilton Library

November 4, 2007 - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday) - Mary performs with the Daytona Beach String Quartet ­ at St. James Episcopal Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. Music will include Gary Daverne's "Concert Waltz", Klaus Paier's "Tango for Five" and Frank Mucedola's "The Fox and The Hound".

November 8-11, 2007 - Florida SMASH Event, Orlando Florida

December, 2007 - Ronald McDonald House Trees of Hope Event at the Long Wharf Maritime Center

December, 2007 - Blackstone Library Christmas Concert with the CAA Orchestra


2006 Concerts
 
June 10, 2006 - "A Night on the Left Bank" with Soprano Megan Owen and Pianist Richard Danley, Avrom Berel, Director . . . presented by the Town Players of New Canaan, Connecticut at "The Powerhouse", Waveny Park, New Canaan, Connecticut. An evening of cabaret style French music and fun!

July 14, 2006 - Perform Gary Daverne's "Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra" with the American Accordionists Association Festival Orchestra in Buffalo, New York. Composer/Conductor Gary Daverne, Maestro

September 23, 2006 - Workshop on the Accordion with Linda Soley Reed for the Waterbury Youth Symphony.

November 29, 2006 - Schubert Club Workshop, Greenwich Arts Council Arts Center, Greenwich, Connecticut

December 2 & 10, 2006 - Ronald McDonald House Trees of Hope Event, Long Wharf Maritime Center, New Haven, Connecticut


2005 Concerts
 
October 9, 2005 - Soloist with the Moravian Symphony in Olomouc, Czech Republic

October 13, 2005 - Soloist with the Moravian Symphony in Olomouc, Czech Republic

November 20, 2005 - Soloist with the Auckland Symphony, New Zealand

November 27, 2005 - Soloist with the Auckland Symphony, New Zealand
  

 

 

 Press Releases | Concert Tour Reviews
 
  

Mary Tokarski Performs in CT

Accordionist Mary Tokarski appeared in "A Night on the Left Bank" on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 8.00 PM at the Powerhouse in Waveny Park, South Avenue, New Canaan, CT.

The show featured Megan Owen, Soprano, Richard Danley, Musical Director/Piano, Avrom Berel, Director and Mary Tokarski, Accordion.

Mary began her music career at 7 with Michael Fernino of Ansonia, Connecticut, and performed and competed at local, state and national events throughout early adulthood . . . amassing over 185 trophies and awards, including two US Championship Titles, a 3rd place in the 1973 Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale, and a 2nd place in that year's Coupe Mondiale Pop Category.

Tickets are $25, which includes a Champagne Reception. For information, please contact: 203-966-7371.

 
 

CONNECTICUT MUSICIAN to Perform in New Zealand - November 2005

On the 20th and 27th of November, 2005, accordionist Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski was the featured soloist in Auckland, New Zealand for a concert of works from Prokofiev to Lord of the Rings, and original works by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne. Performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra in the Auckland Town Hall and the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Mary performed the "Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra" by Gary Daverne and "The Fox and The Hound" by American composer Frank Mucedola of Auburn, New York.

Picture: American solo accordionist Mary Tokarski, in rehearsal with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO) at the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand - 20 November 2005. Conductor - Gary Daverne.

Just returning from a trip to the Czech Republic, Mary performed two concerts with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Olomouc City Concert Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic. During her visit in Olomouc, Mary also recorded a composition by Gary Daverne entitled "A Musical Party" with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mary's early-life musical training with Michael Fernino of Ansonia, Connecticut, developed into a lifelong love and study of music. When her sister Julie began lessons, Mary was offered the opportunity to begin as well, however decided against it. After Julie would repeatedly come home with an ice cream cone for a good lesson, Mary reconsidered her position on musical study and decided to begin the accordion as well.

Performances were numerous, and competitions were a regular part of growing up. By the time she reached early adulthood, Mary stacked up over 175 trophies and awards for State, Regional and National competitions.

Mary went on to represent the United States in the Coupe Mondiale (World Accordion Championship) sponsored by the Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes in Belgium (1971) and in France (1973).

Today, Mary spends much time performing with her brother and sister in The "K" Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk) which perform around the world.

Gary Daverne was born in Takapuna, Auckland New Zealand. He has held the position of Musical Director/Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra since its foundation in 1975.
On the international scene, Gary has conducted some major orchestras including London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, symphony concerts in Jakarta, Indonesia and concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia.
In 2002 he was engaged to conduct in Stuttgart, Germany and in April he was the first New Zealander to be invited to conduct in Korea, where he was guest conductor of the Incheon City Symphony Orchestra.
In May 2003, Gary conducted the Turkish State Symphony Orchestra of Bursa, in Turkey, premiering his new commission, 'Gallipoli' - Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra. Gary is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in the USA. As a composer he has written and recorded many works for orchestra, accordion, children's songs and musicals, with over 600 sound tracks for radio and TV jingles.

The Auckland Symphony Orchestra is Auckland's most popular orchestra. This full symphony orchestra of over eighty players, draws its players from all parts of Auckland and from all walks of life and includes a number of professional musicians as well as the talented amateurs, many from other professions, who play, without payment, purely for the pleasure of making good music together.

Today the Auckland Symphony Orchestra has developed an excellent following and reputation, for its high quality performances of popular classics, film and show music, performing 7 or 8 Free Sunday Afternoon Family Concerts annually at Auckland's Aotea Centre, and Takapuna's Bruce Mason Centre, to capacity and often turn-away family audiences in excess of 2000 people.

The main philosophy of the orchestra is that music should be fun and enjoyed by players and audiences alike - hence the regular, free family concerts that are offered in Auckland and 'out-of-town' areas where a live performance by a Symphony Orchestra is a rare event.

For more information, please contact Mary at 203-484-5095 or by e-mail: mary.tokarski@comcast.net

 
 

CONNECTICUT MUSICIAN to Perform in Czech Republic - October 2005

On the 13th of October, 2005, accordionist Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski will be the featured soloist in Olomouc, Czech Republic during an upcoming concert of works by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne. Performing with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Olomouc City Concert Hall, Mary will perform the "Rhapsody for Accordion and Orchestra" by Gary Daverne.

In addition to this concert, Mary will also give a special performance on Sunday, October 9th, at a Children's concert also at the Olomouc City Concert Hall with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert will feature "The Fox and The Hound" by American composer Frank Mucedola of Auburn, New York.

Mary's early-life musical training with Michael Fernino of Ansonia, Connecticut, developed into a lifelong love and study of music. When her sister Julie began lessons, Mary was offered the opportunity to begin as well, however decided against it. After Julie would repeatedly come home with an ice cream cone for a good lesson, Mary reconsidered her position on musical study and decided to begin the accordion as well.

Performances were numerous, and competitions were a regular part of growing up. By the time she reached early adulthood, Mary stacked up over 185 trophies and awards for State, Regional and National competitions.

Mary went on to represent the United States in the Coupe Mondiale (World Accordion Championship) sponsored by the Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes in Belgium (1971) and in France (1973).

Today, Mary spends much time performing with her brother and sister in The "K" Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk) which perform around the world.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1945 and is amongst the foremost and oldest symphonic orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in the historic Moravian city of Olomouc. This ancient university town is an important canter of education and culture of the whole of central Moravia. After the creation of the independent Czech Republic Olomouc became the canter of the administrative unit of the District of Olomouc.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been lead by some important personalities of the Czech music culture and it has been conducted by artists of international renown such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Vaclav Neumann, Libor Pesek, Vladimir Valek and others. Famous soloists have performed with the orchestra, for example S. Richter, I. Oistrach, G. Kremer, S. Ishikawa, P. Fournier, J. Suk, V. Hudeeek, E. Indjic, J. Carreras, A. Baltsa, J. Cura.

During its existence the orchestra has performed an outstandingly broad and varied repertoire which, apart from Czech music, includes compositions of the classics of 19th and 20th century European orchestral music.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra intensively promotes contemporary Czech and international music which is shown in the hundreds of premiered works of contemporary composers. In recent years the orchestra has specialized in recording contemporary international music, such as a CD of works by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has performed with great success in most European countries and has taken part in important international music festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, for example The Prague Spring Festival, Smetana's Litomysl, the Summer Music Festival in Reims, France or the Thurn und Taxis Fest-spiele in Regensburg, Germany. The orchestra has performed on important European stages such as Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Saal der Munchner Philharmonie, Vereinsaal Wein, Saal Pleyel Paris, Tonhalle Zurich or Palaois de Musica in the Spanish cities of Barcelone and Valencia.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra actively participates in the organizing of the artistic and cultural life in Olomouc. It is also the organizer of the international music festival of Dvorak's Olomouc, the International Organ Music Festival and the International Festival of Contemporary Music.

For more information, please contact Mary at 203-484-5095 or by e-mail: mary.tokarski@comcast.net
 

 
MANTOVANI ORCHESTRA HIGHLIGHTS THE ACCORDION in CHINA!

Accordionist Mary Tokarski was chosen to accompany the Mantovani Orchestra on its recent tour to mainland China. Musicians were selected from all over the United States . . . from Disney Productions, Symphony Orchestras from California, Florida, Nebraska, New York and Texas, Music Educators from all over . . . and Symphony Conductor Charles Ellis from Baltimore, Maryland.

After 2 rehearsals in Orlando, we arrived in Beijing, where we performed 2 concerts at the People's Hall Congress (where all the Chinese delegates and dignitaries conduct the country's business), then we were off to Wuhan to perform on the Grand Opera stage. A quick bus trip (2 hours) to Guangzhou took us to the Zhongshan Cultural Center, followed by a quick flight to Shenzhen and a concert at the Koncert House. Our travels brought us back to Wuhan's Grand Opera for a New Year's Concert, and then off to Shanghai to spend our last 5 days in China.

The Grand Stage in Shanghai was a joy to behold, and perform on. The entire building was shaped like a lotus blossom, and housed 5 separate concert halls. Even the seating sections in the concert halls were shaped like the lotus blossom . . . the acoustics were marvelous, and the audiences attentive.

The orchestra's program included light classical works such as The Light Cavalry Overture, Malaguena, The Warsaw Concerto performed by Piano Soloist, Constance Gottschalk from Chicago and Italy, marvelous trumpet and trombone solos by Ken Moulton and Danny Kirkhum on Around The World and Londonderry Air, and When I Fall in Love, all in the unmistakable "Mantovani" style. The accordion was featured with exquisite solos in Embraceable You, the Swedish Rhapsody, The Trolley Song and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.

The music was marvelously executed by the all-professional group to a total of 16,000+ Chinese concert-goers!

Mary was honored to be chosen as a soloist for the 2nd encore, performing Frank Mucedola's "The Fox and The Hound" to the mesmerized audiences (and orchestra members, too). The piece was a tribute to Frank, since he recommended Mary to join the orchestra for this tour! The orchestra's General Manager, Ken Moulton repeatedly remarked "Leave it to the accordionist to steal the show.", as the audience applause roared through each of the venues.

The travels of the tour were hectic, harried and WITH its share of difficulties. The accordion was not allowed on the plane for the first AirChina flight . . . and when it did arrive (on a DIFFERENT flight, along with the 2 trombones and all the orchestra music!), it had a crack in the bellows snap area. A good amount of electrical tape, both inside and out held the air from leaking as much as possible, and I was able to play it for the rest of the tour.

After that experience, they made sure the accordion flew ON the plane with me . . . although, I had to hand carry it on . . . without the case! A challenge, to say the least - and the phrase "Sleeping with your instrument" has a whole new meaning for me now!

Unlike most of my other performing tours, there was plenty of time for us to be "tourists" . . . and we took advantage of every one of them. We got to visit The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, YuYuan Gardens, the Ming Tombs, a Jade Factory, a Cloisonné Factory, the Pedestrian Walk in Shanghai, the Bund, the Shanghai Museum, The Jade Buddha Temple, and lots more. We even experienced Chinese New Years at the end of our trip. The orchestra members made these experiences even more memorable . . . they were very personable!

The concerts were wonderful, and the experience of performing with such magnificent musicians is a life-long dream come true for me. I can only hope that we'll do it again soon, and next time, I'll bring more duct tape! And, I can honestly say, I won't have the desire for Chinese food for quite some time to come.

Mary Tokarski,
February, 2007

 

 

 
For more information, please contact:

Mary Tokarski
15 Maplewood Lane
Northford, CT 06472
USA

Phone: 203-484-5095
E-mail: mary.tokarski@comcast.net
 

 

 

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