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Editors Note

This is the last Weekly News for 2003. It seems only a short time ago that we were partying in the New Year and here it is, nearly one year later. A wonderful wealth of accordion activities and music has made 2003 a most memorable accordion year and we hope the same for 2004.
Wishing accordionists all over the world a very happy Christmas and New Year, with lots of joy, happiness, some wealth and lots of good health plus lots of fine accordion music for all of 2004.

Harley Jones
Accordions Worldwide Directo
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This Weeks News

Richard Galliano and Valery Kovtun in Moscow - Russia

A large accordion concert took place on 26 November in Moscow, in the national Kremlin with over 6000 listeners. The concert was divided into two parts: Richard Galliano and Valery Kovtun, a top class Russian accordionist who plays popular music. The concert was organised by Valery Kovtun and the French cultural center in Moscow. Richard Galliano played with his septet to the large hall, full of listeners who were inspired by his super French accordion music and music from his latest CD "Piazzolla Forever".

Spectacular Concert of Galliano in Sofia - Bulgaria
Contributed by: Diana Stancheva

On December 9, more than 500 people applauded "Piazzolla Forever" - the spectacular performance of Richard Galliano's septet at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Galliano presented the spirit of Piazzolla's music to the audience and when he performed his brilliant and passionate solo, combining motives from "Libertango", "La valse a Margaux" and "New York tango" the audience burst into vivid applause. The concert finalized with two encores of "Oblivion" and "New York tango". The young spectators watched their idol with admiration and the look in their eyes said: "Richard Forever...!"


Trophy Citta Di Atri - Italy
Contributed by: Holda Poeletti-Kampl

For the New Year - from the 30th April to 1st of May 2004 in Italy - the national and international competition "Trophy Citta' of Atri" will again take place for electronic accordion, variété, classic, pianoforte, keyboards, modern song and classic. The "Trophy Citta' of Atri" artistic directors Renata and Rinaldo Tepore intend to improve again upon the already very succeessful formula of the previous years that saw many Italian and foreign participants win excellent prize money and other prizes. Information regarding regulations and registration can be found at:
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3rd "Festival National DÁccordeon" - France

The 3rd "Festival National DÁccordeon" is being held on the 10 to 16 January, 2004 in the mountain area of Termignon. The event is organised by Daniel Pichon, called "Pollux" and Daniel Gainetdinoff, director of the Office of Tourism of Termignon. This festival is rare including the holiday makers, skiers, the inhabitants with music every evening in the bars and restaurants of the village.

During the day, most ski the slopes but in the evening you will hear songs, dancing and joy until the early hours of the morning. Last year, ages varied from 14 years to 76 years and for 2004, the performers include; Thierry Bonnefous and his orchestra, André Loppe, Myriam Joly and trio, Mickael Vigneau, Bénédicte Jeluin, Mathilde Royet, Priscillia Beaudoin, Laurent Beq and many amateurs leads by André Veron.
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The 30th Musselburgh Festival - United Kingdom

The 30th Musselburgh Festival will be held in the Brunton Halls, Musselburgh on the 6th of March 2004. The events of the day will include: Accordion & Fiddle Championships, Evening Concerts, Grand Dance to be held in the Brunton Hall. For further details, contact the Brunton Hall Booking Office


Important Afirmations For Renzo Ruggieri - Italy
Contributed by: Holda Poletti-Kampl

It has been one good summer season for the jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri having had the opportunity to perform in several jazz festivals and with many other artists. Particularly notable was performing with the great American saxophone player Jim Gailoreto at the "Atessa in Jazz" and "Bussi in Jazz" festivals. Renzo Ruggieri was next performing at the Napoleon Jazz Festival in Castelvetro near Modena with the "Single Accordion Project" and with the gipsy music group "Manomanouche Trio".

Surely the most prestigious performances of the season have been with orchestra Ars Music (directed by M Antonio Cericola) together with the Renzo Ruggieri Quartet (with Paul Di Sabatino, Manzi Maximum, Maurizio Rollings) at the Morro d'Oro Festival in Benevento and in Castelfidardo where Ruggieri performed his own compositions and arrangements written especially for this symphonic formation. A most successful and musically versatile season of music for Renzo Ruggieri.

Zolton Orosz On TV Christmas Show - Hungary

Accordionist Zolton Orosz will feature on the TV Christmas Concert show on the 24th of December to be broadcast by MTV1 (Hungarian Television).
He will play:
1) Vivaldi - Four Sessions Winter, as leader of the "Budapest Harmonika Trio", with Gabor Ursu (accordion) and Istvan Horwath (bass accordion).
2) Edith Piaf - Christmas of the Street with the Podium Duo - Atitila Bardoczy (singer) and Gabor Ursu (guitar)
3) Gabor Presser: Holiday performing with Zoran (singer).
Superb accordionist Zolton Orosz is sure to present the accordion dynamically during this high profile TV show.

Ho Ho and a Merry Christmas to All
Contributed by Gary Daverne OMNZ

Make out your Chopin Liszt early before Debussy season, when you have time to check out Verdi good bargains and can still get gifts Faure good price, not having to Handel large crowds and have time to give Bach things you decide you don't want. " Ok now, go for it. What can you add to that?

Have a wonderful, happy, safe, fun filled Christmas.

John Macdonalds Christmas CD and New Years Eve Show - Australia

Sydney based accordionist/entertainer John Macdonald has re-released one of his all time favourite albums. Recorded some years ago in Australia, his "Scottish Christmas & New Year" album has been re-mastered and produced for the STB CD Label in Australia.
Featured on the 11 Track CD are standards such as ..White Christmas, Silent Night, We Three Kings, Come all ye Faithful, My Prayer, Jingle Bells, Rudolph, Scottish Singalongs, Auld Lang Syne plus many more.

Next week, John Macdonald is travelling over 1,000 km from his Sydney base to appear live at the Scottish New Years Eve Show. Gold Coast Arts Centre, a little south of Brisbane.

For further details:

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Lips - World Premiere - USA
Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif, Manager of Friedrich Lips Production.

After the very successful world premier of Sofia Gubaidulina's concerto "Under the Sign of Scorpio" for bayan and symphony orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden last October, Friedrich Lips did another important first performance in Milwaukee on the 14th December. He performed "Ex Animo" by Efrem Podgaits for bayan and string quartet with the famous Fine Arts Quartet. Another performance of this work is scheduled near Grenoble (France) early next March.
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Italian Accordion History Book by Benjamino Bugiolacchi
Contributed by: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Castelfidardo City Hall has released on December 13th the book "Castelfidardo e la Storia della Fisarmonica Italiana" - Castelfidardo and the History of the Italian Accordion. This is a guide book for the International Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo.The volume, published by Brillarelli is the work of the museum's director Beniamino Bugiolacchi.

Its ninety pages, compiled with precise care in every detail, documented with colour images of accordions in the museum, exposed views as well as a reproductions from the immense archive of historical information, also contains precise references to the evolution of our popular instrument throughout the world. This book will be an important support to the many who visit this important museuum and will be sold at the museum bookstore (€ 5) or by email:

More Jazz and Tango with Victor Prieto in New York - USA
Contributed by: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The popular and highly reviewed Victor Prieto (accordion) and guitar maestro Julio Santilan will be performing jazz and tangos on the 19th of December at Les Deux Gamins, on the 20th December at Café Moto, Willamsburg and on the 21st December at Paradou, Brooklyn.

Pedagogical grandson of Khachaturian plays at the concert dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of the composer - Poland

Accordeonist Olexiy Suslov performed at Musical School S-Art in Wroclaw, Poland on the 10th of December at the concert dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian. He also performed with the accordion orchestra Harmonica of Musical School S-Art conducted by Galyna Suslova.

Many different works by Khachaturian were performed including the famous Saber Dance from theGayne Ballet, which was performed with accordion solo and accordion orchestra. The concert was a great experience for the performers. Many in the concert were graduating from the faculty of composition. Their professor Alexander Rudjanski was a pulpil of Khachaturian.
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Accordion Band On First Appearance - USA

The Danish band, Phønix, will be playing in the Boston, USA area for the first time on January 18, 2004. Jesper Vinther, their accordion player is always on the lookout, particularly in Jutland, for old traditional dance tunes passed down from generation to generation. In 2003, their CD, Pigen & Drengen (Boys & Girls) won two awards and three nominations for the best of Danish Folk music. Their performances are characterized by an intensity and enthusiasm, along with respect for tradition.

For further details email
Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion Events

Duo Will perform Their New Programme - Switzerland

Accordionist Sergej Tchirkov (St. Petersburg) and cellist Annina Voellmy (Switzerland) will present their new duo programme in concerts that will take place in the Kultursheune Hall in Liestal, Switzerland on February 7th and 8th.

The programme entitled "La lingua del Mondo" aims to show the versatility of different compositional techniques and approaches to the creation of music. It will include works by J.S.Bach, Y.Takahashi, A.Piazzolla, Ch. Gluck and G.Goltermann.
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"from Rags to Riches" or from Accordion to Riches - Brazil

Hans Stern, the man behind Brazil's gemstone dynasty began his fortune with $200 he received from the sale of his beloved accordion in 1945. It was one of the few personal possessions he still had from Germany. "I was very fond of it and played reasonably well, mostly at social gatherings with my friends" he recalls. From these small beginnings, the company H. Stern began and grew.

Today, the firm sells the majority of Brazilian aquamarines, emeralds, topazes, amethyst and tourmalines produced and distributes them around the world. At age 80, Hans still presides over H. Stern and still arrives at his office every morning. His one concession to being 80, is to now arrive at 8.30 rather than 8 am. So the old saying "from rags to riches" does not apply to Hans Stern. You might say, that "from accordion to riches" does apply.

Accordion-O-Rama has moved - USA

2003 was a big year for Accordion-O-Rama as they moved from their long time business address in the heart of New York City to South Amboy, New Jersey. South Amboy is a just across the Raritan River from Manhattan yet only 15 minutes from downtown New York City. The new premises are almost triple the size of their previous show room offering a big selection of new and rebuilt accordions to suit every taste and budget. Easily accessible from Manhattan by ferry, train or car with plenty of free parking, it sure beats the traffic, tolls and parking problems of visiting New York City. Contact or phone (732) 727-7715.

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