Gelato releases 'A Concert in Wine Country'
Public Television ( APT) and Linus Entertainment are pleased to announce
the release of Quartetto Gelato's first ever major televised special -
A Concert In Wine Country. Shot in scenic Niagara on the Lake, A Concert
In Wine Country will be available to PBS affiliates for broadcast across
the US via the APT Exchange service beginning in January 1, 2007. This
spectacular live event comes to you from an outdoor concert amphitheater
nestled within the lavish Jackson Triggs Winery located of the breathtaking
Niagara Wine Region. Audiences are in for a treat as Quartetto Gelato
perform their most popular selections from composers renowned the world
Shot beautifully on HD and Dolby E digital surround sound, A Concert In
Wine Country will delight audiences with enthusiastic and beautifully
crafted performances set against a beautifully lit and dressed stage.
The concert is spiced with bright and funny interviews with members of
Quartetto Gelato in and around the winery, and scenic fall footage from
across the wine region. Quartetto Gelato has earned their reputation as
international favorite live performers with concert goers in New York,
Washington, Vancouver, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Toronto, Calgary, Tokyo, Edmonton, Seoul, and Hong Kong to name a few.
Concert In Wine Country features members Cynthia Steljes on oboe, tenor
Peter De Sotto on vocals and violin, Alexander Sevastian (three-time first
prizewinner of the International Accordion Competition) on accordion,
and Kristina Reiko Cooper (Doctorate of Music from the Juilliard School
of Music and winner of the 1999 Walter M. Naumberg Chamber Music Competition)
This is going to be a great year for Quartetto Gelato who are set to release
their first major televised concert special in 2007, premiering in the
USA on public television, where it was accepted by over 72% of PBS affiliates.
For over a decade, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and
critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic
passion and charismatic presence. Quartetto Gelato established themselves
as dominant forces on the emerging new classical scene early
in their career by winning the coveted title as NPR Performance Todays
Debut Artist of the Year in 1996. Today, Quartetto Gelato
continues its reign as an international sensation with repeat sold-out
performances throughout the globe.
This past summer Quartetto Gelato performed an outdoor concert at Jackson
Triggs winery in Ontarios scenic Niagara on the Lake district for
their first ever major televised special, A Concert In Wine Country. This
High Definition/Surround Sound program, available to air beginning New
Years Day 2007, brings beautiful music, magical lighting and breathtaking
scenery together for a brilliant feast of the senses! Critics from the
LA Times describe a concert with Quartetto Gelato as: Light programming,
like comedy, is serious business. Quartetto Gelato has the stuff.
Keith Holding directs A Concert In Wine Country, which features renditions
of Romanian Caravan, Besame Mucho, the beloved
classic Danny Boy, and lively interviews with group members.
The DVD includes: Romanian Caravan, Meditango, Besame Mucho, Tombeau de
Couperin (Prelude, Minuet, Rigaudon), Al Di La, Konzerstuck Opus 79 Finale,
La Danza, Danny Boy. To purchase this exciting new DVD, please visit:
Radio listeners across the continent know the instantly recognizable sound
of Quartetto Gelato, who are broadcast frequently on the CBC, PRI, and
NPR networks. When recognized as the Debut Artist of the Year
on NPRs Performance Today program, the quartet were described as
an amazing ensemble that achieves the nearly impossible.
Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato not only thrills
its audiences with the mastery of eight instruments, but also offers the
wonderfully unexpected bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance
repertoire that travels imaginatively between classical masterworks, operatic
arias and the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the groups
relaxed stage presence and delightful humor creates an immediate rapport
with traditional and nontraditional classical audiences alike. Performing
without scores, their shows radiate a sense of spontaneity and excitement
rarely seen on the classical stage.
The 2004-2005 season alone featured concerts throughout the US, Canada
and Guatemala with extended residency programs in Albuquerque NM, Brownsville
TX and Kansas City MO. To much critical and public acclaim Quartetto Gelato
released Travels the Orient Express, in spring 2004, a celebration of
the original journey of the famous train that featured music from London
to Istanbul. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City also welcomed
the Quartet for a fourth performance of their holiday program, Christmas
From Around The World. According to the New York Times: Quartetto
Gelatos performances have a warm, endearing vitality
The quartet performed over 100 concerts in recital and with orchestra
throughout the 2005-2006 season across the US, Canada, Sweden, Asia and
Estonia marking their first visit to the former Soviet country. Following
that, the group returned to Sweden in November for a fourteen-concert
Favorite Flavors, Quartetto Gelatos first best of CD, was released
in response to demand from fans to access their most popular repertoire
on a single disc. It includes highlights from five previously recorded
CDs and offers a sneak preview of a previously unreleased track from their
sixth album (music of Latin America). Favorite Flavors was released in
Canada on September 27th, and November 9th in the US through Koch Entertainment.
Quartetto Gelato can also be heard on the soundtrack recording from the
major motion picture Only You, starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey
Jr., on the Sony label and have appeared on Ashley MacIsaacs (their
new label mate) hit CD, Hi, How Are You Today?
Sevastian (accordion, piano) is three-time first prizewinner of the
International Accordion Competition. He won the Oslofjord in Norway (1998),
The Cup of the North in Russia (2000) and the Accordion Teachers Guild
in the USA (2001).
Alex was born in Minsk, Belarus and began his studies on the accordion
at the age of seven. In 1991 he attended the Glinka Musical College in
Minsk. His advanced studies took him to the Gnessin Academy of Music in
Moscow where he received his Masters in Performance degree, studying with
renowned performer and pedagogue, Friedrich Lips. While at the Academy,
Alex also studied piano, conducting and philosophy.
Alex began his professional career in Moscow in 1996, performing with
the Russian Radio Orchestra. He has performed as recitalist and soloist
with orchestra throughout Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan. Highlights
include performances at The Kremlin, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory,
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Minato Mirai
Hall in Yokohama.
Alex and his family moved to Canada in April 2001. In May 2003 he completed
the Advanced Certificate in Performance program at the University of Toronto
where he studied with Quartetto Gelato's previous accordionist Joseph
For a sample of Alexander and Quartetto Gelato please click the following
link for a .mp3 file:
Opus 79 - Finale by C.M. VON WEBER, arr. by De Sotto/Sevastian
Shirley Walker 1945-2006
music world was saddened to learn that renowned composer Shirley Walker
passed away early Thursday, November 30, 2007 due to complications following
The accordion world at large was introduced to the most successful American
woman film composer ever - Los Angeles based Shirley Walker when on February
7, 2003 she took the podium at Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage to
conduct the first-ever accordion section, part of the 90-piece orchestra
that brought to life her much-anticipated score for New Line's remake
of the cult classic horror film 'WILLARD' featuring Crispin Glover in
the title role.
six accordionists involved in this history making moment under the direction
of Shirley Walker included jazz legend Frank Marocco, Nick Perito, Dart
Zubis, Ed Vodicka, ATG Board of Director Liz Finch and former CIA World
Champion accordionist - John Torcello.
Shirley Walker was a cornerstone in the film music industry as a composer,
arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and "score doctor" extraordinaire.
A pioneer for women film composers, she stood at the podium at a time
when no women were doing so in the industry. Although a number of women
have written music for film before Walker was hired to write for Memoirs
of an Invisible Man in 1992, her credit was groundbreaking in that it
was the first time a major Hollywood studio hired a woman as the sole
composer. The project was so significant to various Hollywood insiders
that an audience gathered at the scoring stage during the first scoring
sessions to witness the historical occasion and experience the lore.
a highly visible role model as a woman in a man's world, Shirley Walker
continued to tackle projects traditionally assigned to male composers,
such as action, superhero, and science fiction pictures. After Memoirs,
Walker followed her solo debut with the highly acclaimed score to the
animated feature, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. A critical favorite with
its grand orchestral fanfare and gothic themes, Mask of the Phantasm is
indisputably one of the best Batman music ever to be composed. In 1995,
she co-wrote the score to Escape from L.A. with John Carpenter, successfully
inventing a dark, industrial action atmosphere for the film while capturing
an "old west," futuristic, and world music feel. Walker followed
this synthesizer action with the intense and chilling orchestral score
to MGMs 1997 suspense thriller, Turbulence (starring Ray Liotta
and Lauren Holly). She continued to establish herself as one of the leading
talents in superhero action music with the greatly anticipated Batman
Beyond, a futuristic, techno/grunge rock underscore.
Her cutting edge work in scoring is critically loved in television as
well as film. She won a Daytime Emmy Award as musical director on the
praised animated Batman series, and received nominations for composition
for both the Batman and Superman series. She received a Cable ACE nomination
for the Blair Brown film Majority Rule, a Prime Time Emmy nomination for
the popular Fox series, Space: Above and Beyond, and two Annie nominations
- one for the animated Superman Main Title Theme and one for her original
score for HBOs Spawn series. She also scored NBCs highest-rated
television Mini Series of the season, Asteroid, and a TV movie for Disney
entitled, The Garbage Picking, Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon.
Before film music, Walker had a distinguished career as a piano soloist
with the San Francisco Symphony, beginning while she was still in high
school. She got her first big break as a synthesist on Francis Ford Coppolas
1979 feature Apocalypse Now, and co-composing credit on Coppolas
Black Stallion, in that same year. Throughout the years, she secured a
place for herself in the industry as a leading orchestrator and conductor,
and worked in extensive collaborations with such illustrious composers
as Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. Her work in these roles can be heard
in such hit films as Batman, Days of Thunder, A League of Their Own, Backdraft,
and True Lies.
As a film composer, Walker invented an intriguing, original sound: the
bombastic underscore. Her music often found that delicate balance between
thematic fanfare for the superhero and suggestive ambiance for the superhero's
world, not in separate cues, but simultaneously. Rather than being limited
to a certain character or scene, Walker's themes served the larger purpose
of creating a musical world and atmosphere for the film. The result is
an intense and penetrating musical backdrop that cleverly captures the
futuristic, eerie, industrial, or fantastic feel of the story setting.
Walker has a special facility for dark, superhero scores, as evidenced
by her prolific and profound work for Batman, Superman, and Spawn. Actually,
it is quite easy to understand why she worked so well with Hans Zimmer
and Danny Elfman - her own style reflects the same kind of emotional power
characteristic of Zimmer and portentous darkness typical of Elfman. But
no matter what genre she wrote for, it is clear her music always went
for the gusto, just like her.
Based on the novel "Ratman's Notebooks" by Stephen Gilbert,
the Willard project is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name which
starred Bruce Davison as Willard. That film was followed by a sequel,
appropriately titled Ben, and which is probably best remembered by film
buffs as featuring a pop song about Ben by a very young Michael Jackson.
This remake of Willard follows a young man named Willard (Crispin Glover)
as he plots revenge on his boss when his pet rat is killed. His plan:
send out an army of intelligent and deadly rats (led by one named Ben)
to kill the coworkers.
A public service celebrating her life and work will be held in the Los
Angeles are in early 2007.
Shirley regularly supported the following charitable organizations and
the family will be honored if you choose to make a donation to your favorite
charity in her memory.:
- Special Olympics
- Doctors Without Borders
- The Wilderness Society
- Environment of People Foundation
- America's Second Harvest
- Natural Resources Defense Council
Correspondence may be directed to:
c/o First Artists Management
16000 Ventura Blvd. Suite 605
Encino, CA 91436
Readers who feel moved to share stories, memories, or appreciations of
Shirley are invited to visit the following web-site: http://mcsv.net/cgi-bin/redir?MCid=dJGJ4VsdySEJxb7IjGU4
Carozza of New York Buys Bell Duovox
Carozza, a New York-based accordion dealer and technician has bought the
name Bell Duovox, with plans to develop it in the future. Mr. Carozza
announced the news at the Opening Reception for his Accordion Museum on
December 7th, 2006. Aldo Mencaccini, founder and President of Bell Accordion
Co. was present to coincide with the announcement.
New York City's only accordion museum is located on 48th Street in Times
Square, 165 West, 48th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue in New York
City. For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Klezmer Music Concert
Veretski Pass Trio will perform on January 20, 2007 in Branford, CT. Playing
in an unbound, energetic "village style", the trio Veretski
Pass will present a concert of historical klezmer music of Eastern Europe;
pre W.W.II melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and
Rumania played on violin, accordion tsimbl, basy and baraban.
With unique arrangements and compositions, this group of veterans carries
on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians, playing music of all kinds,
but with a recognizably Jewish sound on January 20, 8:00 PM at the Branford
Folk Coffeehouse First Congregational Church of Branford located at 1009
Main Street, Branford, CT.
Tribe Film to be Presented in Boston
Thursday January 11, 8:15 PM the Accordion Tribe by Stefan Schwietert
(2004, running time of 87 minutes) will be shown in Boston.
The film which features five highly individual musicians from different
countries that get together to form the Accordion Tribe with
the aim to return their instrument to the worldwide recognition it once
enjoyed, as a powerhouse of emotions.
American accordionist Guy
Klucevsek (right) had a dream: to gather a group of accordion great
- Maria Kalaniemi from Finland, Sweden's mad scientist Lars Holmer, fellow
Slovenian Bratco Babic, and the elfin Austrian Otto Lechner and make music
Follow this unlikely quintet, the Accordion Tribe, on tour through picturesque
European countryside's - practicing, performing, and attempting to return
their instrument to worldwide recognition as a powerhouse of emotions.
In English and German with English subtitles.
This series is made possible with assistance from Pro Helvetia - Swiss
Arts Council, Swiss RootsCultural Offshoots, and co-presented by
the Consulate of Switzerland, Boston.
The Accordion Tribe film will be presented at 8:15 PM, Thursday, January
11, 2007 at the
Remis Auditorium at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5523. For more information, please call 617-267-9300.
Tickets for MFA members, seniors, and students are $8:00 and General Admission
Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
Saturday, January 13, 2007, Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners
will play at Balboa Park, San Diego. The Doors Open at 6:00 PM, 6:20-7:00
PM offers Dance Lessons with the Open Dancing to Leroy Thomas being held
from 7:00 to 10:30 PM.
Manhattan is a long way from Elton, LA., where Thomas grew up (he was
born in 1965) and where his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas still
lives, but Leroy Thomas now seems at ease wherever he chooses to be, whether
in Houston, the city he now calls home, in rural Zydeco clubs like Richard's
in Lawtell, in night clubs all over the United States, or in upscale establishments
that are within the purview of The New Yorker Magazine.
According to a cover story in Houston City Life, Thomas started playing
drums at eight: "I wanted to play drums, but I was scared to death
to get on my dad's, so my brother and I made some drums out of five-gallon
paint buckets. We bolted two more to the sides and flipped them over,
and used little branches of trees as sticks."
Not long after he started playing
drums, he also began to learn the accordion, eventually mastering both
the button accordion used by Zydeco musicians like John Delafose and Boozoo
Chavis and the piano accordion, the instrument that Clifton Chenier played.
Admission: $14 ($12 for BTSC and KSDS Jazz 88 members. Directions: From
Interstate 5 south, exit at 10th Avenue in downtown San Diego, turn left
on A Street, turn left on Park Blvd. (12th Avenue), go over freeway bridge,
turn left on Presidents Way, drive to the stop sign, and park in the lot
ahead if spaces are available. The Recital Hall is north of the parking
area adjacent to the Auto Museum.
Tech. Sgt. Frank Busso and the Air Force Strings
Air Force Strings is one of the most diverse and flexible units of The
United States Air Force Band. This wide-ranging flexibility allows The
Air Force Strings to musically respond to the requirements of almost any
occasion and provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. A key element
of its mission is to entertain audiences at high-level protocol events
in a formation known as The United States Air Force Strolling Strings.
On other occasions it performs as The United States Air Force String Orchestra,
presenting the standard works of the classical repertoire for strings.
The ensemble often joins forces with members of The United States Air
Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants and Airmen of Note, to form The
United States Air Force Chamber, Symphony and Jazz Orchestras. Additionally,
members of The Air Force Strings appear regularly as soloists, and in
duo, trio and string quartet ensembles, to present chamber concert performances,
and provide quality entertainment and ambient music for official protocol
Appearing as The United States Air Force Strolling Strings since 1954,
The Air Force Strings has had the honor of performing at the White House
for every president from Eisenhower to Clinton. Traditionally, a Senior
Noncommissioned officer has guided The Strolling Strings' musical direction.
The extraordinary talent of this unit is regularly displayed at official
dinners hosted by the secretaries of state and defense, on Capitol Hill
for members of Congress, and at official diplomatic events hosted by the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
Providing a multidimensional experience, these outstanding musicians surround
the audience with music performed exclusively from memory and without
the aid of a conductor. Their repertoire includes classical, popular,
continental, Broadway, bluegrass and patriotic compositions.
Truly international ambassadors of music, the Strolling Strings has traveled
to every continent, every state of the Union, and virtually every Air
Force installation, delighting thousands of listeners. The musical virtuosity
and sheer elegance demonstrated by the Strolling Strings has earned the
recognition of world leaders.
The United States Air Force String Orchestra traces its roots to 1944
when Colonel George S. Howard, commander and conductor of The United States
Army Air Forces Band, set out to build the best band in the world. With
this grand vision in mind, he recruited the nation's top musicians of
the day and created a word-class symphony orchestra-thereby distinguishing
The Army Air Forces Band from all other military band organizations. Today,
The United States Air Force String Orchestra is honored to continue Colonel
Howard's vision of musical excellence.
The United States Air Force String Orchestra meets the need for a more
intimate, but lively form of entertainment at social gatherings, such
as official military, diplomatic and high-level civilian functions. The
Air Force String Orchestra has performed at numerous conventions and musical
conferences-most notably, the International Viola Society. These performances
have afforded the Strings numerous opportunities to accompany some of
the world's most-renowned artists. From 1986 to 1988, The Air Force String
Orchestra was the resident ensemble of The United States Air Force Band
Sinfonietta Series at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.
The United States Air Force Strings is comprised of 22 world-class musicians.
Each of these outstanding performers has studied and perfected their craft
at leading colleges, universities and music conservatories around the
world. Their studies successfully prepared them to excel during an intensive
and competitive audition process, which led to their selection for membership
in The United States Air Force Band. A performance by The United States
Air Force Strings reflects a combination of immense collective musical
experience with the boundless dedication to perfection.
from Staten Island, New York, Technical Sergeant Frank John Busso, Jr.,
accordionist with The United States Air Force Strings, Bolling Air Force
Base, Washington, D.C. began his Air Force career in 2005.
Frank attended Boston University and received a Bachelor of Science degree
in Business Administration in 2001. He studied accordion with Frank Busso,
Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York. Prior to joining the
Air Force, Sergeant Busso was an instructor and arranger with the Boston
University Athletic Bands. He was also an instructor at the Staten Island
Music School, where his students earned many regional and national titles
As a competitive accordionist, Sergeant Busso received numerous regional
titles from the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey, including
the organization's virtuoso championship in 1995. He also earned multiple
national titles from the American Accordionists' Association in classical,
popular, and ethnic competitions. Since 2001, Sergeant Busso has performed
in concert as a member of The Busso Trio at numerous summer festivals
hosted by the American Accordionists' Association and the Accordionists
& Teachers Guild. Sergeant Bussos military awards and decorations
include the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Upcoming performances include:
- Sun. February 18, 2007
Guest Artist Series, 3:00 PM
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC- Featuring pianist
Abbey Simon and Conductor Emeritus Col (Ret) Arnald D. Gabriel!
- Sun. February 25, 2007
Guest Artist Series, 3:00 PM
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC - Featuring
the Empire Brass!
- Sun. March 4, 2007
Guest Artist Series, 3:00 PM
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC- Featuring the
New York Voices and the Young Artist Competition Winner!
All performances are free and open to the
public. For detailed information about performances in the Washington,
DC, area, please call the Band's 24-hour concert line at (202) 767-5658.
Zydeco and Marcia Ball Concert
combination of Buckwheat Zydeco and Marcia Ball promises a raucous evening
of stomping Louisiana music: rhythm-and-blues, zydeco, soul-drenched singing,
and keyboard boogie on accordion and piano. Featuring in two New England
performances, the two can be heard:
- January 26, 2007
Venue: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
- January 27, 2007
Venue: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Buckwheat Zydeco combines original tunes, inventive covers, and the trademark
exuberance that has made him the worlds foremost ambassador of zydeco
The New York Times says Buckwheat leads one of the best party
bands in America . . . pumping out zydeco two-beats or shifting into rolling
12-bar blues, steaming all the way.
Marcia Ball blends sounds from the Texas-Louisiana border with classic
blues, roadhouse country, and rollicking piano in the great New Orleans
tradition. Let the good times roll!
Ball is the bayou queen of the piano, steeped in blues, honky-tonk,
and gospel. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).
Coast Playboys in Austin, Texas
January 14, 2007 at Guero's Taco Bar, 1412 South Congress Avenue in Austin,
Texas from 3 PM to 6 PM (Admission: Free) you are invited to hear the
Gulf Coast Playboys.
Since 1997, they've been playing a mix of Texas-Louisana music for dancing
crowds all over the state of Texas. Cajun two-steps and waltzes, zydeco,
blues, country, polka, cumbia, Tex-Mex and maybe an"oldie or two"
is what you will hear on our bandstand. The members of our group have
had a lot of experience in the regional musical styles of Texas and Louisiana.
Annual Irish Festival Cruise
The 16th Annual Irish Festival Cruise, January
22nd - February 1st 2007 aboard Holland America Line's Volendam. The Cruise
will feature a world class line up of performers including Phil Cunningham,
Cherish the Ladies and Bogside Rogue among others.
regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative accordion players
of the times,
Phil Cunningham has taken this instrument from strength to strength, setting
the standards by which many young players fix their sights today.
His early work with leading Scots band Silly Wizard (1976-1986) reclaimed
a place for the instrument in the traditional music world and his astonishing
dexterity and musicality has delighted audiences across the world.
The accordion being only one of the strings to his bow..multi instrumentalist
Cunningham works extensively in the television and film world as a composer
, music director and presenter, He is much sought after as a record producer
and he manages to juggle all of these diverse commitments to enable him
to continue touring with long time musical partner and friend Aly Bain.
His compositions are covered by musicians the world over, and he continues
to write and add to his prolific repertoire. The depth and beauty of his
slow airs is renowned among audiences and performers alike.
His proudest moments have been the premiers of his two orchestral suites
for Symphony orchestra and Celtic instruments. His last piece Ceilidh
was written for and performed by acclaimed Scots percussionist Evelyn
Glennie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
He teaches regularly, both children and adults alike and is currently
trying to establish a Traditional youth orchestra in the Highlands of
Phil was awarded the MBE in 2002 for services to Scottish Music and was
voted Best Instrumentalist in the inaugural Scottish Traditional Music
Awards in 2003.
'Cherish the Ladies' affectionately referred to as Cherish, is the only
all-woman ensemble on the Irish traditional music scene. In what has been
a male-dominated field, they have won the hearts of audiences on both
sides of the Atlantic.
Formed in 1985 and named for a well-known jig, these ladies will delight
you with their blend of first-rate talent and world-class step dancing.
Most members are first generation Irish-American and live in the New York
area. The members are Joanie Madden playing the flute, Mary Coogan on
guitar, Siobhan Egan and Donna Long on fiddles, Mary Rafferty on accordion.
Joining the ladies on stage are champion dancers Donny Golden, Eileen
Golden, Kevin Broesler and Sinead Lawlor.
shipboard, passengers are often treated to "Cherish and their fathers"
as Joe Madden has sailed with us on several occasions and Mike Rafferty
sailed on our Western Caribbean itinerary. With Joe on the accordion and
Mike on the flute...many cherished moments were created for the audiences.
The veteran Irish rock group, Bogside Rogues featuring accordionist Bob
Hurst, is based in the Philadelphia area in the Mid Atlantic United States
and is known for an upbeat sound while maintaining their traditional roots.
Drawing from the varied experience of its members, the band performs a
variety of Irish and Celtic styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional
dance music (Ceili) and contemporary Irish songs. Featuring Accordion/Tin
Whistle, Guitar, and Bass, each of the band's members have come together
from different Celtic music backgrounds to form a striking live sound
that has won over audiences wherever they go, and inspired many other
musicians to take up instruments in order to continue the tradition.
themselves, the group has played extensively in the Mid-Atlantic United
States, as well as having toured Ireland. While the band is at their best
when performing at show venues like pubs and festivals, they have performed
in Saint Patrick's Day Parades and other functions featuring Irish music
and culture. The members of the band work in close association with the
Irish community and its various member groups, especially the Ancient
Order of Hibernians (AOH), and contributes time, talent, and resources
in their various fundraising efforts.
Your Accordion Services Free at AWW
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services.
The days of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and
outdated business information are coming to an end. People are still letting
their fingers do the walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard.
Below are some revealing facts from the Kelsey Group.
- 74% of US households use the Internet
as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying
- The percentage of respondents who used
yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(If you have a printed yellow page ad, it
is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing dollars
to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
Businesses can no longer ignore these
facts. If you want to be successful, you must have a presence where your
customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is vital to the future
of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion
businesses, teachers and for every type of service for accordionists.
On the Accordion Yellow Pages site, you do not need to have a website
for accordionists find you and contact you.
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service
for every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers
of search-accordion.com can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these
three popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future
success may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to
the Internet. Should it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
CIA Coupe Mondiale to feature Kennedy Center Performances
Coupe Mondiale organizer Mrs. Faithe Deffner has arranged that during
the 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale week, from August 13 through 18, 2007,
the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC has agreed to feature accordionists
in six evening concerts at the Millennium Stage (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM) with
the final concert on Saturday, August 18 featuring live performances by
the winners of the six competitions of the CIA Coupe Mondiale.
All the concerts will be broadcast live simultaneously on the Internet
at www.kennedy-center.com/millennium. As with all the concerts, they can
be viewed subsequently in the Millennium Stage Performance Archives.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts stages at least one
free performance every day of the year. The Chairman of the national center
for the performing arts, James A. Johnson, launched "Performing Arts
for Everyone" in the winter of 1997: nine initiatives designed to
expand and increase access to the performing arts for local Washington
residents and visitors to the nation's capital.
Arts for Everyone is designed to introduce the Kennedy Center and its
programs to a far wider audience than ever before by providing a performance
open to the public and free of charge 365 days a year. The Coupe Mondiale
will have an incredible opportunity to partake in this initiative.
Kennedy Center belongs to the nation, and the productions staged here
must be shared with every American," says Chairman Johnson. "The
daily free performances and the downtown location for discount tickets
were important first steps toward that goal." "Our goal is:
Every resident of the Washington area, and every visitor to Washington,
DC, will think of the Kennedy Center as the place they call their own
to experience the performing arts again and again."
60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale will be jointly hosted by the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) and the American
Accordionists Association (AAA) and marks the first time in many years
that this world renowned event is being held in the United States. This
spectacular gathering of the worlds finest accordionists be be held in
Alexandria, VA in the Washington DC area, and is billed to be the largest
International Accordion event in the United States ever!
Attendees have already booked in from all over the world, and the Coupe
Mondiale will be held in conjunction with the annual festival activities
of the AAA and the ATG.
festival will feature our six CIA Coupe Mondiale Categories offering approximately
$15,000 dollars in prizes, performance opportunities for the CIA winners
at the famous Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, numerous International
Accordion Orchestra performances, the AAA and ATG Competitions, outstanding
accordion exhibits of both new and historical instruments, sightseeing
in Washington DC, a performance of the Massed Band on the steps of the
US Capital Building in the center of Washington DC and the much anticipated
World Accordion Orchestra under the direction of our Music Committee Vice
Chairperson Joan C. Sommers.
We invite you to reserve the dates of this 2007 festival now, and the
website will be updated by the 15th January 2007 with all the relevant
Prieto Trio in New York
Victor Prieto has recently returned from Montreal, Canada where he was
recording with singer songwriter Peter Cole.
Victor will be featured in an upcoming performance in New York with his
trio including Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vince Cherico on drums.
The performance will be held on January 4th, 2007 at Lois 649 ( 9th Street,
between Ave. B an C in Manhattan) from 9:00 PM - midnight.
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