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We invite you to enjoy a sampling of activities from the various events held in support of World Accordion Day 2015.

Gala Concert for World Accordion Day, Macedonian National Theatre Skopje - Macedonia
by Anica Karakutovska
Photo above: All Participants. A red rose symbolising "We love the accordion!" was on the stage for the concert. The World Accordion Day Gala Concert was a celebration of the International holiday and birthday of the instrument accordion organized by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika” Skopje.

The concert which was held at Macedonian National Theatre Skopje on May 16th was promoted as one of the most prestigious events during month May in Skopje. Photo Report at: 2015 Macedonia

The new theater building has been constructed on the foundation of the old theater which was destroyed in 1963 Skopje earthquake. The large auditorium (parterre, ground level and two galleries-balconies with a capacity of 724 seats) was fully occupied with large and very enthusiastic audience.

The new building offers possibility for nourishing the art, culture and realizing high-quality performances which Macedonian artists confirmed and maximally used them during the evening of Gala Concert. The prolonged standing ovations were merited and deserving.

On the concert performed accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska and renowned artists from Macedonia. The program includes works by Mozart, Derbenko, Bete Ilin, Semjonov, Piazzolla and others.

The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists with successful realization of concerts at home and abroad.

This year for the seventh time the association organized a solemn concert marking the occasion. The project is supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia.

An article with the information about the seventh World Accordion Day, being held on the 186th birthday of the accordion, was published in all main newspapers in Macedonia. President of MAA, Professor Zorica Karakutovska, appeared live on the National TV programs.

The culmination of the concert was the premiere performance of the composition “Macedonian Paraphrase No.3” from composer Bete Ilin performed by Trio AkordioM, consisted of Zorica Karakutovska, Bojan Volcevski and Filip Stamevski.

Photo Report at: 2015 Macedonia
Picture below of AkordioM Trio: Filip Stamevski, Zorica Karakutovska and Bojan Volchevski.

World Accordion Day, Algarve - Portugal
by Kimmo Mattila

Photos of the event commemorating World Accordion Day organized by Myth Algarve - Accordionists Association of the Algarve. President João Pereira wrote that "it was a huge success!"

World Acccordion Day in New Zealand
by Heather Masefield

On Wednesday the 6th May the North Shore Accordion Orchestras celebrated World Accordion Day with 3 groups rehearsing at Sunnybrae Primary School, Auckland, New Zealand.

The young players in the Music Makers were under the baton of Christine Johnstone, the older players in Musicale under the baton of Megan Jennings and leading the top group, the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta, was Lionel Reekie.

All 3 groups are taking part in the New Zealand Accordion Competitions and Festival on 30th and 31st May.

World Accordion Day and the Chinese Youth Report - China
Harley Jones

Particularly, I wanted to highlight the wonderful work being done every day by accordion teachers around the world. They are the unsung heroes of the accordion world. To all you students around the world - have you said "thank you" lately?

The recent 2015 China Youth Accordion Year tour had two days where, each day had a remarkable story about a Chinese accordion teacher devoting time, energy and their own personal money, entirely for the benefit of young children learning the accordion.

The first is Prof. Quo, (right, top) who had retired (over 60 years) and had decided to undertake a private project for accordion. He selected a school in a very poor area, very far out in the country (2 hours drive) from the city.

This school has 109 students and Prof. Quo personally purchased 20 new accordions, music, stands so that 20 selected children could have practise every noon and once a week he would drive to give them free lessons. He also assisted to get a full time teacher of accordion. Read more at: 10April2015

The second is Zhou Zhiming (picture right lower), who started teaching in the Sichuan mountains late 1980's. His aim was to have "accordion music ringing over the mountains". He started off in a van with 5 students charging nothing. From that time, to today, the accordion music has "continued to ring over the mountains" and Zhou Zhiming has had a remarkable success in the country areas promoting accordion education and improving the life of the people. Read more at: 11April2015

A huge thank you to accordion teachers around the world for World Accordion Day.

Some World Accordion Day 6th May Activities
by Rob Howard

Roberta Cantow's New Film "Accordion Rising" - USA In honor of May 6, World Accordion Day, I am posting the new trailer here, for all in the accordion world to see. Soon the Indigogo Funding Campaign will begin with posts to Facebook, and elsewhere. It will continue into June, National Accordion Awareness Month.

Sven Karlsson invited you to Karlssons Musik's event - Sweden World Accordion Day - Dragspelets Dag 2015. Wednesday, May 6 at 2:00pm in UTC+02 Karlssons Musik in Fjärås, Hallands Län, Sweden. Experience the accordion artists Inger Nordström and Pierre Eriksson.

Stockport Accordion Club World Accordion Day activity is a concert by Pearl Fawcett-Adriano which includes a ‘Tribute to Dante’ - UK. Adrian Dante (1914-2005, born Dante Adriano), late husband of Pearl made a major contribution to the accordion through his many activities. He was an accordionist, teacher, arranger, composer, publisher, writer, record producer, festival organiser, agent, and concert promoter with a long and exceptional track record of success in each of his various activities. Supporting acts are the Stockport AC Band (MD Derek Stubbs) and the Stockport AC Orchestra (MD Brian Jenkins); venue – Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF.

World Accordion Day at a Glance:
What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May (Concerts and events during the month of May may be dedicated to May 6th)
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
Register: Register your event today
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