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41st Annual New England Music Competition and Festival - USA

The Accordion Teachers' Association of Massachusetts celebrated their 41st Annual New England Music Competition and Festival in Boston, MA last week, where ATAM President Rosita Lee Latulippe welcomed hundreds of contestants who took part in competitions for all ages and levels in solos, duos, ensembles and orchestras.

During the awards banquet, accordionist Christopher Gorton was awarded the premiere title of ATAM New England Accordion Champion for the third year in a row. Christopher is a student of the Paolo Music Center in Rhode Island. Other winners in the New England Championship were as follows: 1st: Christopher Gorton, 2nd: Cory Pesaturo, 3rd: Derek Rollend, 4th: Sylvia Tobin, 5th: Amanda Davis.

Cory Pesaturo, Christopher Gorton & Derek RollendThe Battle of the Bands included competitions for Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups. Adjudicators included: CIA President Kevin Friedrich, Lana Gore (from Wayne State University in Michigan), jazz artist Tony Dannon and two members of The K Trio, Julie Cardona and Mary Tokarski.

Pictured are 'The Hit Men' who competed in the Junior Battle of the Bands. The accordionist on the left is Nicolas Falcetti, son of Anthony Falcetti and grandson of Sam Falcetti making him the third generation of the Falcetti family to excel in the accordion. Co-chairpersons of the festival Peggy Falcetti and Roger Latluippe reported that entries were up on last year and already plans are underway for the 2004 Festival.


Ruggieri Performs at Italian "Oscar" Awards - Italy

Renzo RuggieriContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Renzo Ruggieri has been booked to accompany Antonella Ruggiero (on his SEM 502 accordion) for the opening number during the presentation of the Italian "Oscars" that will be held on Monday evening, April 14th. The event will be televised live on RAI TV.



Zubitsky & Senine Performance - Netherlands

Vladimir ZubitskyAccordionists Vladimir Zubitsky (Italy/Ukraine) and Anatoli Senine (Netherlands/Russia) will perform at the Centrum voor de Kunsten Muziekschool "Kumulus - Oost" in Maastricht, Limburg on May 14th.

Vladimir Zubitsky (performer, composer and orchestra director) currently holds seminars and advanced courses and gives performances in the United States, Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Anatoli Ivanovich Senine has lived in the Netherlands since 1993 and is a concert performer, music teacher, conductor, composer and arranger. He has given over 2,000 solo concerts in Russia, the Netherlands and many other countries.

The duo will perform again at a Jubilee Accordion Evening at the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk in Zoeterwoude Dorp, Zuid-Holland on May 16th, and at the "De Henri Hermanszaal" in Maastricht, Limburg on May 23rd. For concert details email:


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Castaño Master Classes & Concerts - France

Contributed by Raquel Ruiz

Spanish accordionist Angel Luis Castaño visited France last week giving two Master Classes and concerts in Valence and Pierrelatte (region of Lyon). Accordion students of Agnes Binet and Patrick Busseuil attended the classes. Castaño played a program of works by Torres, Soler, Tarrega, Zubitsky and Granados. He also performed the premiere of a new accordion piece by Patrick Busseuil entitled "Variantes Book on Cheyenne Song".


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Stas Venglevski Premiere of Galla-Rini's Concerto No. 2 - USA

Stas VenglevskiAccordionist Stas Venglevski presented the world premiere of Anthony Galla-Rini's Concerto No. 2 at a concert on April 6th with the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Becker.

Galla-Rini composed his first concerto in 1941. During this time he performed on a Galanti Dominator Accordion with multiple left hand registers. With this instrument, which did not have free bass, he exploited all these left hand registers as if it were a free bass giving him many octaves of left hand range. He then wanted to write a concerto for accordion with Free bass which resulted in his Concerto No. two composed in 1976, which took six months to complete. Mr. Galla-Rini flew in to attend this momentous occasion of the world premiere performance of his work.

On April 22nd, Stas Venglevski will perform with John Simkus, jazz accordionist at the First Methodist Church in Ashland, Oregon. For information on this concert email:


Alberdi Performs Works by Gubaidulina - Spain

Accordionist Iñaki Alberdi performed at the Semana Musica Religiosa de Aviles is Asturias on April 8th with Miguel Borrego (Violin) and Alfredo Arenas (cello).

Their program included works by Sofia Gubaidulina such as "In Croce", "De Profundis" and "Silenzio".


WOMAD in New Zealand

Twenty years ago Peter Gabriel's vision of bringing world music to one stage resulted in a UK festival of music, arts, and dance entitled "WOMAD". Since then, 21 countries have hosted WOMAD and over one million people have experienced its sights and sounds. In the 20 years since its inception, WOMAD has visited New Zealand only twice.

From March 14th to 16th, Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl in central New Plymouth saw the arrival of a stunning line-up of performers from all corners of the globe. WOMAD captured the energy of the music of 15 cultures with over 250 performers in 60 concerts over five stages.

Among the many performers there were the groups featuring the accordion, such as "La Volee d'Castors" (six-piece French/Canadian band), Los de Abajo (Mexico), Jewish Brothers (New Zealand) and Don McGlashan, one of New Zealand's finest songwriters, with DJ/bassist SJD and accordionist Tatiana Lanchtchikova (Accordions Worldwide Office Manager).


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April Accordion Workshop - Italy

Gianluca PicaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On April 26th and 27th a workshop will be held at the Convitto Nazionale "Regina Margherita" in Anagni (province of Frosinone) organized by the A.P.M. Music Center. Tutor Gianluca Pica, will prepare participants for exams and important international competitions such as the Coupe Mondiale, the World Trophy, Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Arrasate and others. This is one of a series of workshops held between November 2002 and May 2003.



Duo 2000Duo 2000 in Dullstroom - South Africa

Duo 2000 (which includes Amarillie Ackermann - harp & accordionist Sergio Zampolli) will perform at the Tondeldoos Bistro in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga on April 12th.

Their program will include a variety of works such as "Hejre Kati" (Jeno Hubay), "Memories of the Alhambra" (Francesco Tárrega) and Waltz from the Masquerade Suite (Khatchaturian). For concert details email:


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Accordionist Performs with Minnesota Orchestra - USA

On April 19th, Dr. William Schimmel will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra in Domenick Argento's "Valentino Dances". The performance will be broadcast on the radio program "Prairie Home Companion" hosted by Garrison Kieller. The broadcast will be nationwide coming from Minnesota public radio to national public radio.

Dr. Schimmel is also performing in a nationwide commercial for Nivea aftershave, playing a minimalist tango with numerous overdubs. For further performance details email:


Music Gallery Concert - Canada

On April 26th, accordionist Joseph Petric will perform at the Music Gallery in Toronto with the new music ensemble "Earshot". Petric will play electroacoustic, solo and chamber works by composers Larry Lake, Christos Hatzis, with premieres by K. Denning, Ben Heaslip, N. Akers and R. Zelienska. For concert details email:



2003 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival - Australia

The 2003 Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival will be held at the Nineveh Sports and Community Club in Edensor Park, NSW on May 24th and 25th. The festival will include solo, duet, trio/ensemble and orchestra classes plus a Testimonial Dinner on the Sunday evening.

Once again the Australian International Class will be run in alignment with the Coupe Mondiale International Piano accordion class and will follow the same rules and guidelines.

Looking to the future, in 2004 a new and exciting class will be added to the prospectus. The "International Championship Class" which will be open to both piano and button accordions, and open to competitors from any nation or country in the world.

Entries close April 24th, 2003. For further competition information email Tania Lukic-Marx


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Accordions for All Ages - Italy

Contributed by Carlo Fortunato

The multimedia room of the Museo Etnografico della Gambarina in Alessandria will host an accordion event entitled "Accordions for All Ages" on April 13th. The initiative will feature accordionists from 6 to 96 years of age, in order to demonstrate how the accordion is a passion that can last a lifetime. 2000 World Champion Gianluca Campi will appear as a special guest.


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Accordéon Mélancolique Entertain in Maastricht - Netherlands

Accordeon MelancoliqueAccordéon Mélancolique (which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer) entertained over 100 people at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in the very old city of Maastricht on April 6th. The duo played pieces like "Mango" & "Parade des Poules" (J. P. Guiran) plus "C'est la plus belle des valse d'Amour" (Louis Poterat/Dino Olivieri). The audience were impressed by the impact that only two accordions could make and enjoyed the fun melody "Parade des Poules" when they were invited to produce all kinds of chicken and rooster sounds.



AZAD Klezmer Quartet Concert - France

AZADThe AZAD Klezmer Quartet will perform at the Sentier des Halles on April 19th. The concert is organized by Musica Urbis, an association of artists whose principal object is the promotion of music. The group includes Renato Tocco (accordion), Claudine Movsessian (clarinet), Yorgos Karamitros (guitar) and Baptist Reboul (double bass). For details email:



Classical Music Workshops - USA

Henri Ducharme will tutor Classical Music Accordion Workshops at Boaz Accordions in Berkeley, California beginning April 30th until June 11th. The workshops are for advanced beginners and up and are designed to allow players of many levels to work together comfortably. For details phone: +1 510-845-1429


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"Tango Musica & Danza" - Argentina

Argentinean group "Quinteto Tipico" will entertain at a tango music and dance show in Buenos Aires on April 12th. The group includes Javier Sanchez (bandoneon), Alejo Carames (guitar), Juan Pablo Navarro (double bass), Luis Sava (violin) and accordionist Norberto Vogel. For further details email:


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Caberlotto & Meneghin in Trento - Italy

The accordion duo of Roberto Caberlotto & Gilberto Meneghin will perform on April 11th in the historic Sala Quattro Colonne of the Central Post Palace of Trento. Their program will include pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Soler, Piazzolla, Troyan and Battiston.


"Cerronato Day" - USA

On April 10th, "Cerronato", (which includes accordionist Mike Maddux) performed for the Austin City Council - on cable channel 6. Thursday April 10th was declared "Cerronato Day" by Mayor Gus Garcia!

On April 12th the group will perform at the Austin Fine Arts Festival on the Park Stage from 12:30p, to 2pm.

The following day "Cerronato" will hold a CD release party at Red's Scoot Inn (near Plaza Saltillo). This is their debut CD entitled "De Músico, Poeta, y Loco". Admission is free. For details email:



Accordion Information Required

Paul Marty would like information on a very old 3 row button accordion with the markings "Lubas and Sohn" on it. It has pearl buttons and very deep bass keys. Email:

Larry LeMasters would like information on an old button accordion from Castlefidardo that has inlaid, red mother-of-pearl on its face and buttons. It has written on it "BB Probo". Email:



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