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Weekly News from Around the World - 27-Sep-2019
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Highlights

Las Vegas International Accordion Convention 20th Anniversary Celebration - USA
Video: World Premiere Pinocchio Suite by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy
Radu Ratoi Wins PIF Castelfidardo Premio and Virtuoso Competitions - Italy
Giorgio Dellarole Educational Scarlatti Demonstration Concert - Italy
Orchestra Invitation - 3rd Accordion Festival 2020 in Attard – Malta

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Steve Roxton in BBC Series “World on Fire” - UK
Darena Dimitrova Performs Theatrical Introduction of “Ekigrama” by Gorka Hermosa - Bulgaria
Verne Uvezian (nee Deffner) Passes Away - USA
Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra plays at Canbury Park Bandstand, Kingston - UK
Los Angeles based composer Leonard ‘Lenny’ Stack Passes Away - USA

Future events

"Spiritual Beltango" Concert - Germany
Ural Bayan Trio Performs in Sochi – Russia
XXII Ball Tango Argentino – Germany
Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Performance in New York – USA
“Fuelles Salteños” Perform at Expo Salto - Uruguay
5th “Salon de L’Accordeon” in Paris – France
VII Kurgan Regional Festival – Russia
Kosmos Ensemble at 60th Little Missenden Festival in Buckinghamshire - England
“Sam Reider and the Human Hands” Perform on Capitol Hill - USA
2020 Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships Includes Irish Traditional Classes

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Las Vegas International Accordion Convention 20th Anniversary Celebration - USA

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Las VegasGrayson MasefieldThe Las Vegas International Accordion Convention 20th Anniversary Celebration will take place in Salt Lake City from October 14th to 17th coordinated by Paul Pasquale.

This year’s event will include a “Roaring Twenties” celebration with guest performers Grayson Masefield, Cory Pesaturo, Stas Venglevski, Ginny Mac, Mary Tokarski, Kim & Dan Christian, Gina Brannelli, Peter Barbutti, Gordon Kohl plus Joan Sommers conducting the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra!

Paul Pasqualie writes: "Come and join our Roaring 20's Celebration in honor of our 20th annual event. We have lots of great music and fun in store and great seats are available.

Please accept my invitation to the best accordion ever - in Las Vegas!"

"Why Las Vegas? - more fun & it really does cost less!"

View information online at Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
or email: paul@accordionstars.com
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Video: World Premiere Pinocchio Suite by Renzo Ruggieri - Italy

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Renzo RuggieriVideo: Featured on the final night of the PIF Castelfidardo Festival was the World Premiere of Pinocchio Suite composed and performed by Renzo Ruggieri, Artistic Director of the PIF Castelfidardo event.

Also performing the new work was a symphony orchestra conducted by Paolo Angelucci.

Daily Reports, pictures, video and results are online now. View at: 2019Castelfidardo

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Radu Ratoi Wins PIF Castelfidardo Premio and Virtuoso Competitions - Italy


Radu Ratoi (Moldova - picture above) won both the 2019 PIF Castelfidardo Premio and Virtuoso Competitions.

Daily Reports, pictures, video and results are online at: 2019Castelfidardo
Videos of both rounds of the Virtuoso Senior category are on the 19th September.

Videos of Round II of the Premio is online 21 September and video Round III with symphony orchestra is on 22nd September. Enjoy 2019Castelfidardo
Radu Ratoi

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Giorgio Dellarole Educational Scarlatti Demonstration Concert - Italy

Giorgio DellaroleVideo: At the 2019 PIF Castelfidardo, Giorgio Dellarole made an Educational Scarlatti Demonstration Concert with his specially tuned accordion that was very well received by a large audience.

View the concert video at: 20Dellarole.htm

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Orchestra Invitation - 3rd Accordion Festival 2020 in Attard – Malta

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Attention Accordion Orchestras: The 3rd Malta Accordion Festival will be held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard on April 13th and 14th, 2020. The event is organised by the Santa Maria Accordion Band (picture above) conducted by Marthese Busuttil Cassar and band secretary David Attard.

Organisers of the 2020 festival would like to invite an international accordion orchestra to perform as their guests.

Interested orchestras can contact David Attard for further information: davatt1@melita.com

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Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.


Steve Roxton in BBC Series “World on Fire” - UK

Steve RoxtonAccordionist Steve Roxton is an “extra” in the forthcoming BBC series “World on Fire” which will begin on BBC1 on Sunday September 29th at 9pm and run for seven weeks.

Steve is cast as an accordion playing member of ENSA. He used a genuine 1935 accordion borrowed from Colin Ensor to keep in with the WW2 theme.

Much of the series was filmed in Manchester as well as war scenes at Formby Beach & Lytham Beach, and concerts in Formby Woods and Rochdale Town Hall.

Steve jokes that he had to suffer weeks of sporting a short back & sides haircut!
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Darena Dimitrova Performs Theatrical Introduction of “Ekigrama” by Gorka Hermosa - Bulgaria

Video: “Ekigrama” composed by Gorka Hermosa was performed by accordionist Darena Svetoslava Dimitrova (Bulgaria) at the "Razvitie" Community Center in Dryanovo, Bulgaria on August 29th.

Darena (student of Krassimir Sterev) has played the accordion for 18 years, now as a solo performer, in duo with her twin sister Maria Desislava Dimitrova (Duo Dimitrovi), in chamber ensemble and as a soloist with orchestras.

Although the piece has been performed previously, this is the first time the theatrical introduction was acted out. The introduction begins with the performer lying on the stage playing a small theatrical act of sleeping, the alarm ringing, waking up and finally playing the "normal" piece.

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Verne Uvezian (nee Deffner) Passes Away - USA

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Verne & Faithe DeffnerVerne Uvezian (nee Deffner) born on September 22, 1953, passed away September 21st, 2019 just one day shy of her 66th birthday. Picture above with Faithe Deffner.

Verne Uvezian (nee Deffner) was the only child of the late Ernest and Faithe Deffner, and grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City, before the family business relocated to Mineola, (Long Island) New York.

More recently she lived in Garden City and East Williston, NY before settling in Boynton Beach, FL.

After majoring in English in College, throughout her career Verne worked in Graphic Arts, Copy Editing, Proofreading and Publishing and Sales as well as periodic tenures with her Mother Faithe Deffner at the family business ‘Ernest Deffner Inc.’ which was founded in 1934.

More recently Verne became a published author, with her popular Children’s book ‘The Day Benny Stuck His Neck Out’ addressing the issue of 'bullying' because children were different. (NB. Benny the Giraffe, the book's main character, was different from everybody at home or in his school - he had a short neck).

"It teaches children that disabilities can be looked at in a positive light. You have to believe that being different is a wonderful thing. It gives children a marvelous sense of compassion because they are different and they know how a caring gesture or word can make them feel better," she said. She focuses her message on ability rather than inability.

After the 2014 passing of her Mother, accordion identity Faithe Deffner, Verne was instrumental in ensuring all her Mother’s historical materials from a lifetime of work in the accordion industry were transferred to the World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, where they became part of The Deffner Legacy display.

A mammoth undertaking, more than 70 boxes of materials were driven from New York to the Museum. Faithe was a major inspiration in expanding the World of Accordions Museum to its current location, and thanks to Verne’s efforts, the Deffner Legacy will be showcased for generations to come.

Verne married Ronny Uvezian in June 2010 and the couple celebrated in a reception with friends and family on August 28th 2010 in Bayville, Long Island. After several years in New York together, the couple moved permanently to Florida in 2014.

Details of a memorial service in October will be forthcoming, meanwhile messages of condolences maybe sent to: Ronny Uvezian, 11742 Caracas Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

Picture below: Verne at her wedding with Faithe Deffner and Kevin Friedrich
Verne Deffner wedding

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Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra plays at Canbury Park Bandstand, Kingston - UK

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On September 15th, the Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra made the most of the summer weather and played at the Canbury Park Bandstand in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

They performed two 40 min programmes which had something for everyone including Moon River, Abba, James Bond, ArTango, Klezmer and Let's go Boogie, as well as Happy Birthday, requested by a member of the audience.

The Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra will next perform at the Guildford Castle Band Stand on September 29th from 2pm to 4pm.

The orchestra is on the look-out for new members. They meet every Tuesday at the Ripley Village Hall, Ripley, UK at 8pm.

For more information email Marion Szuman: theszumans@gmail.com
Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra

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Los Angeles based composer Leonard ‘Lenny’ Stack Passes Away - USA

Lenny StackVideo above: This is the commissioned accordion orchestra piece that the World Accordion Orchestra performed August 18, 2007 on the Grand Finale Concert of the Coupe Mondiale in Alexandria, VA. 166 players from 13 nations and 20 USA states.

Renowned Los Angeles based composer, arranger and music director Leonard ‘Lenny’ Stack has passed away. Born on 18 June 1938, Lenny passed away on 22 September 2019 aged 81. Lenny is survived by his wife Lora.

During his career, Los Angeles native Lenny Stack wrote arrangements for the Doc Severinsen Tonight Show Band, the Buddy Rich Big Band and the Louis Bellson Big Band. A talented composer, Lenny wrote original songs for recording artists including Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick. In addition to being an Emmy Award winning arranger, he had also been the musical director, composer and arranger for many Television series, specials and motion pictures including the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the American Music Awards. Lenny Stack's Big Band is known for its appealing arrangements and excellent execution by some of Los Angeles’s most talented musicians.

Leonard (Lenny) Stack received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California (USC) and studied composition with Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Miklos Rosza.

He has published numerous works for various classical ensembles consisting of: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Ballads No. 1 and No. 2 for Flute and Piano, Scherzo for Saxophone Quartet and Scherzo for 3 Clarinets and Bass Clarinet published by Southern Music Company in addition to two works for Accordion Orchestra.

His two compositions for Accordion Orchestra include ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘Film Noir: City at Night.’ Both works were composed at the request of his close friend and Los Angeles based work colleague Liz (Elizabeth) Finch.

Lest We Forget was commissioned by the UMKC Accordion Orchestra for the inaugural World Accordion Orchestra held at the 2007 American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) jointly hosted CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships Festival in Alexandria, VA (Washington, DC), USA.

The programmatic element in it deals with the insanity and misery leading up to and resulting from war. Contained in the composition are jingoistic cries for victory overwhelmed by the suffering of humanity. The music begins with a bleak and austere opening section, which then segues into the first combative episode. This scheme repeats itself throughout the composition. After the battle is a sad, wistful melody followed by another disruption of the peace. Then, a fugal section is employed, followed by the inverted fugal subject meant to depict the clash of opposing armies. Then there is a recapitulation of that sad, wistful melody which serves as a short reprieve between battles. When the military drums begin we have the final clashing of armies with a trite patriotic theme in the background. Finally all is still, victor and vanquished lie together mortally wounded and the short angry coda summarizes the entire folly.

Marking his first accordion composition, Lenny attended the World Premiere performance of Lest We Forget, conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers on Saturday, 18 August 2007.

His second work Film Noir: City at Night was performed by World Accordion Orchestra II in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, 25 October, 2008, also conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers. The programmatic idea for Film Noir, is of a dark deserted street at night where menace lurks anywhere. The second theme announces a "floozy" sauntering in. The middle section increases in tension and violence as all sorts of mayhem occurs. Finally the main theme is recapitulated and it ends with a quiet ominousness. This music is reminiscent of the film noir movies of the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Film Noir: City at Night has since been performed under the direction of Joan C. Sommers by groups such as the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Accordion Orchestra (2009), the ATG Festival Orchestra (2019) and is to be performed by the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra in October.

A member of ASCAP and the Television Academy, Lenny won the coveted Emmy Award for arranging for the television special, "Screen Actor's Guild 50th Anniversary and an Emmy nomination as Musical Director of the television special, "Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration."

Picture: Leonard Stack (right) with World Accordion Orchestra Concert Master Kevin Friedrich and conductor Joan Cochran Sommers in 2007 at the conclusion of the World Premiere of Lest We Forget.
Lenny, Joan and Kevin

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"Spiritual Beltango" Concert - Germany

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7 sinsOn September 27th, Quinteto Beltango will perform a concert at the Dreieinigkeitskirche Zeulenroda (picture below - Zeulenroda Church) as part of their "Spiritual Beltango" concept presenting contemporary tango music composed by band members Aleksandar and Ivana Nikolic.

Their program includes two chamber suites "St George and the Dragon" and "7 Capitol Sins", which have both been performed in Cathedrals and basilicas all over Europe.

The quintet are celebrating their 20th anniversary of concert activities this year, having performed in Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Croatia and Serbia.

Band members are Aleksandar Nikolic (bandoneon), Ivana Nikolic (piano & vocals), Antonija Barna (violin), Bogdan Pejic (guitar) and Petar Holik (double bass).

For further concert details email: info@beltango.com
Dreieinigkeitskirche

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Ural Bayan Trio Performs in Sochi – Russia

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Video: "Ural Bayan Trio" (Russland) at the 67. Coupe Mondiale (CIA) in Salzburg (Austria).

The Ural Bayan Trio will give a concert at the Hall of Organ and Chamber Music of Alice Dembolskaya in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai on October 1st.

The trio members are Petr Babin, Evgeny Krasheninnikov and Vitaly Bogolyubov.

Please see poster for details.

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XXII Ball Tango Argentino – Germany

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The XXII Ball Tango Argentino will be held at the Historische Stadhalle in Wuppertal, Germany on September 28th as part of the Festival Wuppertal. The event will include concerts, workshops, shows and a Tango Ball.

Entertainers include the Orquesta Social del Tango (Spain) which comprises Fulvio Giraudo (piano and musical direction), Nico Enrich (bandoneón), Humberto Ridolfi (violín), Cristian Basto (contrabajo) and Duo Ariel Varnerin & Agustín Fuertes (guitar and vocals).

The ensemble offers a modern interpretation of the traditional repertoire of tango’s “golden period.” This is when both musicians and dancers shared a common social space: the Milonga. Musical Director Fulvio Giraudo designed the arrangements around traditional themes of the 1930’s and 40’s.

For further details email: org@tango-tango.de
Orquesta Social del Tango

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Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble Performance in New York – USA

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Accordionist Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini (vocals) will perform with the Hudson Valley Accordion Ensemble at the Taormina Restaurant in Peekskill, New York on October 3rd at 6.30pm.

The popular ensemble play a variety of music with the aim of making great music together and bringing the melodic and unique sounds of the accordion to people of all ages!

For reservations phone: 914-739-4007

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“Fuelles Salteños” Perform at Expo Salto - Uruguay

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Eight piece band “Fuelles Salteños” will entertain at the Expo Salto festival in Avdas San Martin y Trillo, Salto, Uruguay on October 4th. This annual festival features livestock auctions, sales of agricultural machinery, exhibitions, stands and a stage where a variety of performances and presentations are made.

“Fuelles Salteños” is a Uruguayan folklore band that was formed 12 months ago. They perform at festivals featuring Uruguayan traditions. The band consists of vocalists Caterin Zaz & Vanessa Zaz, accordionists Elida Rusconi, Walter Olhausen & Carlos Seyañes, Federico Zacarias (bass), Franco Nuñez (guitar) and Miguel Acosta (drums).

For further details email: vanezaz2010@hotmail.com
Fuelles Salteños

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5th “Salon de L’Accordeon” in Paris – France

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The 5th “Salon de L’Accordeon” will be held at La Bellevilloise in Paris from October 4th to 6th hosted by La Bellevilloise and Salon de L’Accordeon.

The show aims to bring together a weekend of professionals, manufacturers, enthusiasts and lovers of the bellows instrument. Visitors will have the opportunity to try accordions, whether acoustic or electronic as well as meeting French and international exhibitors.

Concerts, awards and exhibitions will also be part of this friendly and retro show including a tribute concert to Emile Vacher, a Museum accordion exhibition and a presentation/lecture entitled "Emile Vacher, creator of the musette and java genre" by Philippe Krümm.

For further details email: pjupin@yahoo.fr

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VII Kurgan Regional Festival – Russia

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The VII Kurgan Regional Festival will be held at the Kurgan Regional College of Music named after D.D. Shostakovich organised by the Department of Culture of Kurgan Region.

Artistic Director, Petr Babin has organised students of the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins to perform three concerts as follows:

October 4th: 6pm concert in the Big Hall - laureate of international competitions Alexey Pankratov (accordion), student of People's Artist of the Russian Federation Professor Friedrich Lips

November 29th: 6pm concert in the Big Hall - laureate of international competitions Alexey Mykitenko (bayan), student of People's Artist of the Russian Federation Professor Viacheslav Semionov

December 20th: 6pm concert in the Big Hall - laureates of international competitions Duo "Resonance" (Pavel Romadin – balalaika & Alexey Sysoev - accordion), and the Zauralsky Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments will perform. Their Artistic director and chief conductor is Mikhail Rychkov.

See poster for further details.

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Kosmos Ensemble at 60th Little Missenden Festival in Buckinghamshire - England

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The Kosmos Ensemble which includes accordionist Miloš Milivojevic, Harriet Mackenzie (violin) and Meg Hamilton (viola) will perform at the 60th anniversary of the Little Missenden Festival, Little Missenden Church on October 10th at 8pm.

Little Missenden is a village on the River Misbourne in Buckinghamshire, England and this year’s festival will run from October 4th to 13th and boasts a program of fine music, memorable art and fascinating literature.

The Kosmos Ensemble’s program will redefine music from classical to popular, tango to Bernstein, klezmer to Vaughan Williams.

For details email: contact@little-missenden.org

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“Sam Reider and the Human Hands” Perform on Capitol Hill - USA

Capitol HillVideo: Sam Reider and the Human Hands perform "Hasse A's" by Väsen

Popular group “Sam Reider and the Human Hands” which includes accordionist, composer, pianist and vocalist Sam Reider, will entertain at the Shafer Ballie Mansion in Seattle, Washington DC on October 18th.

The Mansion will be open to host this group of musicians in the performance space in the lower level of this wonderful Seattle landmark. The building is a magnificent Tudor Revival home with the gracious atmosphere of a bygone era, situated on Capitol Hill.

Other group members include Alex Hargreaves (violin), Eddie Barbash (saxophone), Grant Gordy (guitar), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Roy Williams (guitar) and Dave Speranza (bass). They will play a mix of bluegrass, jazz, world, folk and instrumental music from 8pm.

For details email: reider.sam@gmail.com
Sam Reider group

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2020 Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships Includes Irish Traditional Classes

Clyde JohnstonThe Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships will be held in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus from February 21st to 23rd, 2020. Next year’s event will include Irish Traditional Sections.

Organiser Clyde Johnston (picture right) has asked for all Irish Traditional accordionists or teachers interested in competing or finding out more about the competition to contact him so he can forward them entry details.

Please phone: 07882456880

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