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05 December 2003 This weeks news | Past News | Send news
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Editors Note

This week we announce the resignation of Wayne Knights as the Editor of the The Squeeze Accordion Weekly News. Wayne has been with us since the beginning of Accordions Worldwide in 1996 and worked full time for several years. Wayne was a major part of the fast development of the different sites like the Accordion Yellow Pages and the Search-Accordion site. Also many other ideas that helped the Accordions Worldwide group of sites to become the huge accordion resource they are today.

We are not losing the enthusiasm or web page making skills of
Wayne Knights completely as he is still able to help us with specific projects in the future. His heart is with the accordion, he has been a pleasure to work with and we thank him very much for all that he has done for us over the years. Harley Jones
Accordions Worldwide Director

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This Weeks News

Stanislav Angelov Performs in the "Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert" - South Africa

Stanislav Angelov participated in the "Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert" which took place at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town on the 29th November. The concert was part of a worldwide music led campaign to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa. The number 46664 was Mandela's prison number.

Some of the stars appearing were Queen, U2, Peter Gabriel, Anastacia, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Beyonce Knowles, Zucchero. They were all supporting the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Stanislav Angelov performed in two songs requiring accordion and was broadcast to an estimated three billion people around the world - one of the world's most widely distributed events in 2003

Henry Doktorski in Concert - USA

American concert accordionist Henry Doktorski performed Paul Hindemith's "Kammermusik No. 1" with the Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Walter Morales on December 2nd, 2003. This was one of the first pieces written by a classical composer to include a significant accordion part.

Despite the popularity of "Kammermusik No. 1" today, initial performances were not well received some eighty years ago when a critic wrote: "Scarcely had the last measures of the fox-trot subsided than the hall turned into chaos. Whistles blew, boos resounded, chairs flew through the air -- a hellish noise filled the large room." I'm sure, Henry Doktorski is much happier performing in 2003 to a much more appreciative audience!

Alex Selman in Composers Finals - New Zealand

Contributed by Karen Selman

Young New Zealand accordionist Alex Selman is a finalist for the second year in the Auckland Philharmonia Young Composers competition. This year's theme was MultiCultural New Zealand. Alex will have his work "Cultural Mirage" performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (professional symphony orchestra) in the final round to be broadcast on national TV
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Rudolf Würthner Award for Gottfried Weber - Germany

Contributed by: Anita Brandstäter

After completing the DHV conductor training course in 1965, Gottfried Weber prepared himself to be the director/conductor of a newly formed youth accordion orchestra. Further musical training followed such as private lessons with Rudolf Wuerthner and Fritz Dobler during the international Trossingen Easter Workshops/Seminars from 1968 and 1981.

The Akkordeon-Orchestra Wesseling is now part of the cultural life of the city on the Rhine with regular concerts that attract many visitors from Wesseling, Bruehl, Bornheim, Cologne and Bonn. Their program consists of original and classical music, evergreens and entertainment music as well as pop and rock music. Due to the conductors and the executive committee's interest, accordion tuition started at the local music school in 1969. Throughout the years the orchestra has received several honors and the dedication of Gottfried Weber to the accordion and music performance is recognized with this prestigious Rudolf Würthner Award
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Accordion Seminar and Concerts - Spain

Contributed by: Musical Association of Accordionists of Valladolid

Seminar for Accordion by the Jose Maria Lopez at the Conservatory of Music of Valladolid will be held on the 13 December. In the afternoon will be a concert featuring Gorka Heramosa (accordion) and German Diaz (hurdy-gurdy) at Pajarillos, Valladolid.

On the 19th December is a concert at Santa Clara featuring Dragan Vasiljevic (accordion) of Serbia and on the 20th December, a concert at Santa Clara by the Orchestra of Camera, directed by Angel Huidobro Vega.

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Three Accordionists Pass Away - USA and Canada

Contributed by: Harley Jones

Teddy Randazzo
, a 1950s rock 'n' roller who also co-produced "Honolulu City Lights," died on the 30th November in Orlando, Florida. He was 68. Teddy Randazzo, was a lead singer and accordion player of a group called the Three Chuckles. After leaving the group, Randazzo continued a career as solo performer, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show seven times. He wrote hundreds of popular songs and also appeared in a number of movies. Together with Weinstein and others, Randazzo wrote hits like Hurt So Bad, which were performed by groups ranging from the Temptations to Little Anthony and the Imperials, and by singers ranging from Frank Sinatra to Queen Latifah.

Adhemar Dion 80, father of Celine Dion, died on November 30th. He worked tirelessly to pass on his dreams of musical success to his 14 children and Celine Dion said her father was instrumental in her success. Adhemar was an accordion player who reportedly worked 18-hour factory shifts in the early days to support his growing family. He and his wife Therese Tanguay-Dion often played weekend gigs at a cabaret they owned in Charlemagne near Montreal. Adhemar died after a lengthy illness surrounded by family at his home in Laval.

Tony Zarlengo (lawyer) 83 died at his Wheat Ridge, Colorado home on November 18. Born in 1920 in Denver he earned a degree in economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder

Tony Zarlengo became an accomplished accordionist and musical-instrument repairman. After serving in the war, he and a partner started Zarlengo Music Stores. Tony Zarlengo worked there while going to night classes at the University of Denver law school. Being a lawyer fulfilled a boyhood fancy and he later served as Wheat Ridge Municipal Judge.

Schluechtal Accordion Orchestra Concert - Germany

Contributed by: Uli Ebner

The Schluechtal Accordion Orchestra will have its annual concert on the 13th December. The orchestra, formed 35 years ago, will present a variety program. From the new composition Oregon by Jaccop de Haan to tango to rocknroll and movie themes, this variety program is sure to please.

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Bandoneonist Horacio Romo and the Auckland Philharmonia - New Zealand

The Auckland Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra tango evening conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya on 30th November featured the debonair bandoneonist Horacio Romo performing Piazzolla's Bandoneon Concerto. Romo was all concentration as he maneuvered his instrument between two microphones, intently weaving his melodies and rhythms around those of the orchestra. Soloist and conductor presented the same concerto in last year's BBC Proms, and in February will perform again together in LA's Disney Hall.

Paolo Picchio - Bachelor in Musicology - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Congratulations to Paolo Picchio on achieving a Bachelor of Musicology degree. On November 18th, his thesis titled "The Accordion as a Concert Instrument" was discussed at the University of Bologna as part of the history of musical instruments. Paolo Picchio's thesis covered a wide range of contemporary accordion music, analysing some 40 accordion compositions of famous and lesser known composers during the period, 1960 to 1998.

Paolo Picchio is the Artistic Director of the International "Citta' Di Castelfidardo" Accordion Competition and Festival.


Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion Events

New Founded Professor of Accordion in Beijing - China

Contributed by: Dr Herbert Scheibenreif - Manager of Friedrich Lips Production

The recently founded accordion chair at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing will have great input on the development of the accordion in both China and the rest of the world. Cao Xiao-Qing, being both an excellent performer and pedagogue, was appointed professor of accordion as a major instrument. He has been studying in Hannover (Germany) with Prof. Elsbeth Moser since 1992 (concert exam in 2001). He has won several competitions both on the national and international levels (e.g. Premio di Castelfidardo, 1997). As an organizer of international accordion events in China in recent years, he is now playing a very important role in both Europe's and China's accordion life, thus being an ambassador for his instrument throughout the whole accordion world.

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Jethro Tull Christmas Album - Germany

Famous group Jethro Tull have released their "The Jethro Tull Christmas album" which features front man Ian Anderson on flute and with accordion performing a variety of different types and styles of Christmas music. This should be available in most European music stores and from online stores elsewhere now.

14th International Festival "Bayan & Bayanists" - Russia

Contributed by: Alexander Gataullin

The 14th International Festival of "Bayan & Bayanists" will be held in Moscow from 17th to 21st of December. The festival is organised by Russian Ministry of Culture, Gnessin Academy of Music and will include the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Gnessin Academy of Music and 55th Anniversary of the Folk Instruments Department.

The festival will be opened by a concert of Laureats of various International accordion competitions in 2003. The rest of the program includes the performances by Sergei Grinchenko (Ukraine), duo "Ars Mobile", Youri Gurevich (accordion) & Olga Galochkina (cello), Viktor Romanko, Ivan Ergiev (bayan) & Elena Ergieva (violin), duo "Cadence", Vladimir Murza, Viktor Vlasov. During the festival, they will listen to the recording of the world premiere concert of "Under Scorpion's Sign" by Gubailulina, performed by Friedrich Lips.

Scots Trad Music Awards, Queen's Hall - Scotland

Shetland Accordion Club seemed genuinely overwhelmed on the 14th September to have won the Best Club category of the Scots Trad Music Awards, saying it was an honor even to be nominated. The club are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2003 and now have this to celebrate.

New CD Review of Frédéric Schlick -"New Day's Horizon" - Europe

CD Review of  Frédéric Schlick by Paulo Picchio

Accordion Information Required

J.D. Davis is interested to know about an accordion, "La Tosca by Gretsch" made in Italy with "Bolero" written on it. If you have any information please mail:

Donald St Germain has a friend with a "Ninteen" brand piano accordion. The brand name is written across the veneered panel in cursive. He believes the accordion was manufactured circa. 1902 and that the company's factory was bombed during one of the European wars and never resumed production. If you have any information please mail

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