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The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day.

Since 2009, each May 6th, the CIA has been promoting World Accordion Day.

2019 Reports

Austria Bosnia and Herzegovina Canada
China Finland Germany
Italy New Zealand North Macedonia
Russia Spain United Kingdom
  United States of America  


Date: 30. Mai - 2. Juni. This event is normally held in mid May on the dates of a national holiday weekend. In 2019, the weekend is at the very end of May.
Venue: St.Peter-Freienstein
Contact: or email

Further Info:

Harmonika-WM 2019 in St. Peter-Freienstein! Svetovno prvenstvo 2019 ! - Austria

Dieses Grossereignis der STEIRISCHEN HARMONIKA wirft seine Schatten voraus!

Etwa 400 Spieler werden bei der HARMONIKA-WM und den ÖSTERREICHISCHEN STAATSMEISTERSCHAFTEN ihr Können zeigen. Es kommen Kandidaten aus ganz Europa, sogar Norwegen, die Ukraine, die Slowakei usw. sind vertreten!!! Sind Sie doch ein Teil der begeisterten Zuhörer und freuen Sie sich auf tolle Leistungen auf diesem diatonischen Instrument. Alle Details auf !

Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch in St.Peter-Freienstein. Mit harmonischen Grüssen Gottfried Hubmann und Werner Weibert

Harmonica World Championships 2019 in St. Peter-Freienstein! Svetovno prvenstvo 2019! - Austria

This major event of the Styrian HARMONIKA casts its shadow internationally!

About 400 players will show their skills at the HARMONIKA World Championship and the AUSTRIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. There are candidates from all over Europe, even Norway, Ukraine, Slovakia etc. are represented !!! Are you a part of the enthusiastic audience and look forward to great performances on this diatonic instrument. All details on!

We look forward to your visit to St.Peter-Freienstein. With harmonious greetings Gottfried Hubmann and Werner Weibert

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date: 6th May
Venue: Sarajevo Music Academy
Contact: Sarajevo Music Academy, a Faculty of Music of University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Further Info:

The Sarajevo Music Academy is organizing for the eighth time, a gala concert for World Accordion Day. This year, for the first time, duo "2B" (Belma Alić, cello and Belma Šarančić Nahodović, accordion) will preform works originally written for accordion and cello. Belma Šarančić Nahodović (picture right) is accordion professor at the Music Academy, University of Sarajevo.

The unique combination of these two instruments inspired some of the most important composers of today to devote their works to them. So on the repertoire of the concert will be some of the most significant works by Sofya Gubaidulina, Kirill Volkov, Sergej Berinsky and Piotr Tabakiernik.

In addition to the above, duo "2B" will premiere three pieces by Bosnia and Herzegovina composers written for them. Works:
- Dialogue III by Ivan Čavlović,
- Svita by Zlatan Mušić
- "2B" by Kaća Hadžifejzović.

Entrance for the concert is free of charge.

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Date: May 6th
Venue: Victoria, British Columbia
Contact: Jelena Milojevic

Further Info:

Monday, May 6 is being celebrated as Music Monday across Canada. At 12:00 pm across the country, thousands of students are singing and performing concerts to support the important of Music Education.

In Victoria, British Columbia, Canada the provincial capital celebration will include accordionists Orla Scott and Jade Wong (students of Jelena Milojevic - picture left) as co-celebrators and performers who will help share the awareness of World Accordion Day.

Also performing are 250 singers and the Oak Bay Secondary Jazz Band.

Joining the celebration is the Premier of BC, John Horgan and the Ministers of Education and Arts and Culture. The event is conducted by conductor and accordionist, Dr. Adam Jonathan (picture right) from the University of Victoria.

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Date: 13 to 19 May, 2019
Venue: 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - China
dedicated to World Accordion Day.

Contact: This superbly organised and successful festival and tour was led by Festival Director Prof. Li Cong (also President China Accordion Association) and Festival General Secretary (Crystal) Wang Congyu, (also President Shanghai Musicians Association Accordion Committee).

Thank you to the talented team of accordion teachers/enthusiasts helping organise and thank you to all the organisations and sponsors listed below for their part in the superb event.

Further Info:

View the major report online of the superbly organised 13th and 14th April 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival: 2019Shanghai

2019Shanghai includes over 40 videos of childrens groups and hundreds of pictures. Following that was the 'Belt and Road' Initiative Accordion Concert Tour, where well-known accordion performers from 'Belt and Road' countries like Russia, Serbia, Lithuania and Moldova were performing along with workshops and teacher development forums.

The Shanghai Changning Government and Shanghai Literature and Arts Federation cooperated to organise the 2019 Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival. The purpose to promote the national strategy 'Belt and Road' and enriching the public cultural service in Yangtze River Delta region as well as directing Chinese accordion development towards diversification, nationally and internationally.

Download 21 page color Festival Program: 2019FestivalProgramShanghai.pdf
Download 24 page color Concert Program: 2019ConcertsShanghai.pdf
Download printable poster: 2019PosterShanghai.pdf

The first Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival was held in 2006 and there has been a proud history of accordion festivals in the Shanghai region. You can read about past events at:
2006 Shanghai | 2008 Shanghai | 2009 Shanghai | 2011 Coupe Mondiale | 2017ShanghaiConcert | 2018Shanghai

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Date: 6th May


 Organiser and Co Host: Kimmo Mattila, Secretary General, CIA

Further Info:

The Finnish TV Channel AlfaTV broadcast a live presentation of World Accordion Day on May 6th consisting of interviews, presentations, discussions and live performances. The history of the accordion is one of the main topics, because the 190th anniversary of the accordion is celebrated on the same day.

Several accordionists will play in the studio during the program, which will be hosted by famous TV presenter, Heidi Pakarinen and Kimmo Mattila (picture left). One of the special guests will be EU Parliament Member Merja Kyllönen, discussing international cultural aspects. The program is produced by the Finnish Accordion Association in cooperation with the CIA.

The TV program will be online after the live broadcast for at least 12 months to be seen in any country of the world. The program video link is:

CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila writes: "The program ”Kansan kesken” means ”With People” or ”The People Together”. It is broadcast every Monday live. In this week, it was devoted to the accordion. The program was a popular view to the accordion’s versatility and different aspects. Unfortunately all interviews are only in Finnish, but I think everybody can find a good and positive atmosphere of the people in the TV studio.

During two hours program there were also several questions from the TV public (by SMS or phone calls) and we tried to reply them live immediately. We presented the CIA and international activities, the history of the accordion (190th anniversary) and of course, future events nationally and internationally.

I hope that we can do this next year again - including international video clips from several countries."

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Date: May 5th
Venue: Theodor-Heuss-Str. 29, 85764 Munich-Oberschleißheim (Germany) on May 5th at 4pm.
Contact: For details email:

Further Info:

Annual concert by the Bavarian Youth Accordion Orchestra conducted by Silke D'Inka (picture right) in Munich.

They performed compositions by Gustav Holst, Samuel Barber, Slavko Suklar, Fritz Dobler, Oleg Gamajunow, Alberto Ginastera, Dimitri Schostakowitsch. For details email:

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Date: 18 May 2019
Venue: Spoleto, Italy
Contact: Strumenti&Musica Festival, Spoleto and Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), Italian member of the CIA.

Further Info:

National Selection for Italian citizens for the 2019 CIA Coupe Mondiale, Shenzhen, China. This event is dedicated to World Accordion Day. The Jury are all Italian Conservatory teachers and they will select the Italian competitors. As it does each year, the IAC will sponsor the best representatives.

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Date: 06 May 2019
Venue: Internet, Italy
Contact: Glauco Ceccarelli, Email:

Further Info:

A few days ago I registered a new website, for the World Accordion Day, "Fisarmonica - Abramo Ceccarelli e la sua musica" [Accordion - Abramo Ceccarelli and his music], sending this description.

Website address is:

“The site aims to make known the artistic and human figure of Abramo Ceccarelli (my father), a very valid Italian accordionist and composer, whose musical activity has spanned almost the entire twentieth century. The site also aims to recover and spread the wide musical production of Abramo Ceccarelli, consisting of over 200 original compositions. It is written in three languages (Italian, English and French) and will be periodically updated.

Above is a screenshot of the header of the new website picturing Abramo Ceccarelli at the Festival TV dell'Adriatico (1961) performing with the orchestra of M° Galassini.

I would be pleased if you would publish the link to the site,
in order to make it known and accessible to the international community of the accordionists:

As planned, the site was inaugurated on the 6th May 2019 for World Accordion Day and I invite all accordionists to visit this new site."

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New Zealand

Date: 6th and 7th May
Venue: Information below.
Contact: Grayson Masefield

Further Info:

May 6th: On Monday afternoon Grayson Masefield and Rachel Xu gave a demonstration of the accordion at the Montpellier International Primary School. It was an Accordion Orchestra Founding Event, involving the 40 new members from the school.

May 7th: On Tuesday Grayson gave a presentation/master class at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, accordion and modern keyboard department, organised by Associate Professor Xia Gang.

A Fun Event was then held at the Modern Keyboard Arts/Accordion Micro Museum and an evening concert was held at the Exuberant English School opened with a performance by Rachel Xu and followed by Grayson Masefield.





















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North Macedonia

Date: 6th May
Venue: Philharmony in Skopje
Contact: Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA)

Further Info:

Gala Concert for World Accordion Day, Skopje - Republic of North Macedonia by Anica Karakutovska

The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasichna muzika” (MAA) – Skopje organising various successful events.

This year for the 11th time the association organized a formal concert marking the celebration of the international event and birthday celebration of our instrument, the accordion. This May 6th marks the 190th anniversary of the accordion's patent!

The concert was supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia.

The World Accordion Day Gala Concert was held at the Philharmony in Skopje, on May 6th, and again, was promoted as one of the most prestigious cultural events during the month of May in the country. Photo report at: 2019 Republic of North Macedonia

The concert featured renowned artists and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Zolotaryov, Derbenko, Bete Ilin, Franck Angelis, Piazzolla, Gorka Hermosa and others. On this year’s concert, the composition "Sunrice" by Bete Ilin had its premiere performance by “AkordioM” (Zorica Karakutovska and Filip Stameski) with a string orchestra (picture below).

The concert hall was fully occupied with a very enthusiastic audience. The new building of the Philharmony offers a high-quality venue which the artists fully utilized and the crowd appreciated when the audience rewarded the performers with well-deserved prolonged standing ovations.

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Date: The All-Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2019 was celebrated at the Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow on March 16th. The Department of the Bayan and Accordion of the Gnesins RAM established the event with project manager, Friedrich Lips.
Venue: text to come
Contact: Gnesins RAM Concert Hall in Moscow.

Further Info:

The event is also Russia's contribution to World Accordion Day (May 6th) which clashes with a Russian National Holiday so this event is held March annually.

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Date: May 4th
Venue: University of Cervera in Catalonia
Contact: Ferran Martínez, email:

Further Info:

Saturday 4 May Day is celebrated World Accordion Cervera, a project promoted by the Catalan Association of Accordion, which together more than 200 accordionists from around Catalonia, Basque Country, Aragon and Andorra.

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United Kingdom (UK)

Date: 6th May
Venue: Chorlton, Stockport
Contact: Rob Howard

Further Info:

 Accordionist Rob Howard will be one of several musicians performing at a private garden party at a house in Chorlton, Stockport with all proceeds going to the charity India Share.






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United States of America (USA)

Date: 5th and 6th May
Venue: World of Accordions Museum
Contact: text to come

Further Info:

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World Accordion Day Festival Celebrations hosted by A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin.

May 4th, 2019 - World Accordion Day

10:00 Intro to Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes: Kevin Friedrich (Ambassador)
10:15 Mayor Jim Paine: Proclamations
10:25-10:45 Introduction to AWAM
11:00-11:45 Recognition of Recently Received Noteworthy Estates: Elsie Bennett (Ken/Ron Bennett), Gary Harvell (through Paul Fischer), Lorren Lindevig (through Glenda Meadows), George Curletto.
Recognition of Major Donors:
Charles Magnante, Helen and Theo Miller (through Faithe Deffner), Charles and Hanni Harrington, Audrey and Emil Meitzner, Joanna and Stan Darrow, Frank Gaviani (Gaviani, Deiro and Pagani Publ.), Marge Fremar (through Karen Fremar), Dr. Carmelo Pino, Mary Tokarski (Fernino), Sylvia Prior, Kevin Friedrich/Verne Uvesian (Deffner items), Carolyn Carver (Carver and Ensele music library), Rob Dingmann, Bill Palmer.
Introduction to AWAM II: Curletto Center and Museum (Duluth)
12:00-12:45 Lunch (Included with Day Admission)
1:00-1:45 Mary Tokarski: Concert
2:00-2:45 Murl Allen Sanders: The Eclectic Accordionist’s Dilemma
A concert featuring differing genres of music, plus a few comments
3:00-3:45 Betty Jo Simon: Concert
4:00-4:45 Henry Doktorski: Lecture/Recital: The Life and Music of the Brothers Deiro.
5:00-5:45 Duet Concert: Joan Sommers and Stas Venglevski
  • Prelude & Fugue in B Minor (Venglevski)
  • Burlesque (Venglevski)
  • Always and Eternity (Venglevski)
  • Not a Clue (Venglevski)
  • Cocktail Party (Venglevski)
  • ‘Hey” Polka (Venglevski)
  • Invention #2 in A Minor (Venglevski)
  • Love and Pigeons Polka (Venglevski)
6:00-6:45 Supper (Included with Day Admission)
7:00-7:15 Intro: Joan Cochran Sommers - The UMKC Experience

University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Chamber Accordion Ensemble: Concert
Director: Joan Cochran Sommers, Ron Barrow, Mary Ann Covone, Ron Dake, Kevin Friedrich, Betty Jo Simon, Samantha Wagner and Cathy Sue Weiss.

  • Zar und Zimmermann Albert Lortzing/ Arr. Herold)
  • Variationen ueber “Komm lieber Mai” (Rudolf Würthner)
  • Tambourin Chinois (Samantha Wagner, soloist) (Fritz Kreisler)
  • Omphale’s Spinning Wheel (Camille Saint-Saens/Arr, Galla-Rini)
  • Cité Tango (Ron Barrow, soloist) (Astor Piazzolla/Arr. Sommers)
  • Concerto per Archi: Preludio - Scherzo - Aria - Finale (Nino Rota/Arr. Negruta)

May 5th, 2019 - 7th Willard A. Palmer Festival

9:00 ACM Band Rehearsal
10:00-10:10 Introduction to Palmer Festival: Bill Palmer
10:10-10:45 Dance Attic: Suzi Ludwig and Jimi Cooper
11:00-11:45 Mike Middleton: Concert
12:00-12:45 Lunch (Included with Day Admission)
1:00-1:45 Jane Christison: Fun with Janie
2:00-2:45 Dee Langley
3:00-3:45 Discussion: Electronic Accordions--Evolution and Future
Bill Palmer, Mike Middleton, Betty Jo Simon, Kryz Kopec
4:00-4:45 Bill Palmer;, III: Master of Magic, Mirth and Music
5:00-6:15 ACM Band World Accordion Music
  • Toccata in D (Roger Schmitz, soloist) (Bach/Palmer) German
  • Ombo (Palmer) American
  • Ave Maria (Piazzolla) American/South American
  • Christmas Lullaby (Staci Stringer Cihlar, Soprano) (Rutter) American/Scottish
  • Flight of the Angels (Carrozza/Harrington) American
  • Unelma Valssi (Syrjala/Gibbens) American/Finnish
  • Sakkijarven Polka (quartet) (Pihlajamaa) Scandinavian
  • Button Diatonic Ensemble: (Dingmann, Radatz, Setnikar, Skarie, Helmi)
  • Trumpeter’s Echo (Avsenik/Harrington) Alpine/Slovenian
  • Little Fella (Avsenik/Harrington)
  • Alpine/SlovenianArgentina Waltz (Avsenik/Harrington) Alpine/Slovenian
  • Terezinka (Unknown) Slovenian
  • Down in Yon Forest (Gibbens) Medieval Welsh
  • Timonya (Langley) Russian Dance
  • Bolero (Ravel/Harrington) French
  • De Colores (arr. Harrington) Mexican
6:30-7:15 Supper (Included with Day Admission)
7:30 Stas Venglevski: Concert
  • Rondo-Fantasy by Stas Venglevski
  • Dancing on the Side of the Road by David Bohn
  • Dance Prive by David Bohn
  • Dance of Five Groups by David Bohn
  • One Way Street by Astor Piazzolla
  • Tango Girl by Stas Venglevski
  • Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth
  • Jogging Party by Claude Tomain
  • Balancelle Music by Claude Thomain
  • Ice Meadow Song by Stas Venglevski
  • Finnish Polka arr. Friedrich.Lips
  • Minimum Swing by Stas Venglevski
  • Russian Folk Song “Semyonovna”

Festival Conclusion: Toasts to CIA and two Willard Palmers

Video 1: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Introduction to World Accordion Day and to Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA): Kevin Friedrich (CIA Ambassador)
Mayor Jim Paine: Proclamations

Video 2: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA

Video 3: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Mary Tokarski

Video 4: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Murl Allen Sanders

Video 5: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Betty Jo Simon

Video 6: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Henry Doktorski

Video 7: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Prof. Joan Sommers and Stas Venglevski

Video 8: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring the (UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble, Musical Director Prof. Joan Sommers

UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble World Accordion Day Concert

Article from USA News

The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Chamber Accordion Ensemble will perform in Concert at the World of Accordion Museum’s World Accordion Day celebration in Superior, Wisconsin on Saturday, 4th May 2019.

All players are alumni of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and former members of the renowned UMKC Accordion Orchestra. The players make their living in various careers, but each have remained devoted to promoting the accordion and its varied repertoire, which includes transcriptions, commissions and other original works.

They have recently performed in Chicago, San Francisco and Kansas City and Alexandria, VA (Washington DC). In addition, they have participated in several USA contributions to World Accordion Day, when videos of their performances were broadcast during the live presentation.

The UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble performs under the direction of Joan C. Sommers who also plays as a member of the ensemble. Joan C. Sommers was awarded the title of Professor Emerita upon her retirement from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music (USA), where she established and taught the accordion degree program for forty years. She has arranged innumerable works for both Accordion Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, works that have been performed around the globe.

Joan C. Sommers has held numerous positions in several music organizations, including the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) and the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA – IMC-UNESCO) where she holds lifetime Honorary Membership.

At the World of Accordions Museum performance, the concert will include: Zar und Zimmermann (Czar and Carpenter) by Albert Lortzing (arr. Curt Herold); Variationen über “Komm, lieber Mai” by Rudolf Würthner; Tambourin Chinois by Fritz Kreisler (arr. Anthony Galla-Rini) featuring Samantha Wagner, soloist; Omphale’s Spinning Wheel by Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Anthony Galla-Rini); Cité Tango by Astor Piazzolla (arr. Joan C. Sommers) featuring Ron Barrow, soloist; Concerto per Archi by Nino Rota (arr. Eugene Negruta) I. Preludio, II. Scherzo, III. Aria and IV. Finale; Flight (Movement 3) by Ian Watson and Blackbird Polka by Vladimir Ushakov.

Members of the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble pictured include Kevin Friedrich, Ron Dake, Ron Barrow, Cathy Sue Weiss (standing) and Samantha Wagner, director Joan Cochran Sommers, Betty Jo Simon and Mary Ann Covone (sitting).


Video09: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison of Music With A Smile and Janie Next Door fame. Jane Christison performing Red Red Robin.

Video 10: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison performing performs Rain Rain Polka.

Video 11: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison of Music With A Smile and Janie Next Door fame. Jane Christison performs Du, Du, Liegst Mir im Herzen.

Video 12: World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA featuring Jane Christison performing Peanuts Polka, El Rancho Grande.

Photos Below Supplied by Jane Christison

Group of Performers

Kevin Friedrich Opening Speech

Henry Doktorski

Joan Sommers

Kevin Friedrich and Jane Christison

Kevin Friedrich with Joan Sommers and orchestra in the background

Jane Christison with her trademark smile and orchestra in the background

Mike Middleton

Jane Christison performance.


Video 1: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
- Introduction to Palmer Festival: Bill Palmer III
- Suzi Ludwig and Jimi Cooper
- Mike Middleton: Concert

Video 2: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring: Dee Langley

Video 3: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring: Panel discussion

Video 4: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
Bill Palmer III

Video 5: 2nd World Accordion Day at the World of Accordion Museum - USA
Sunday 5th May 2019 featuring:
Roger Schmitz, soloist: Toccata in D minor by J S Bach
ACM Band World Accordion Music

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Date: May 5th
Venue: 4pm to 5:30 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, NYC as part of the Music in Chelsea series
Contact: Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble

Further Info:

Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble performs at 4pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, NYC as part of the Music in Chelsea series, whose proceeds go to the St. Peter’s food pantry. The program features the music of Peter Flint, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Guy Klucevsek, J.S. Bach, and more. Sunday May 5th, 2019, 4-5:30pm. Suggested donation: $10

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Date: May 6th
Venue: 6 pm to 9pm, at WIld Heaven Beer, 35 Maple St B, Avondale Estates, GA 30002,
Contact: Jack Brantley:

Further Info:

Concert on Monday May 6th from 6pm to 9pm at WIld Heaven Beer, 35 Maple St B, Avondale Estates, GA 30002, Presented by NESS Records and Accordionology. Free admission.

Performance by Matthew Kaminski, Gabe Granitz, Nick Edelstein. Open jam; bring your instrument! Mini-museum "The Origin of Squeezes". For details email (See poster above right).

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