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||Main Squeeze Dream Orchestra|
|Dolly Galla-Rini Passes Away at 101|
|Looking for Pigini Sirius Owners and #1|
|Joan Sommers VP of CIA Music Committee|
|New CD by US Accordionist Henry Doktorksi|
|US Accordionist takes 6th Place at Worlds|
|Myron Floren Birthday at Wurstfest|
|Bill Schimmel in NY Opera|
|The K Trio in Concert|
|Pick Pocket Ensemble Performances|
|Well Tempered Accordion|
|Florida Accordion Association Smash|
|Acme Accordion School Celebrates 50 years|
|Remembering Julius Tupa|
|New Accordion Method Book|
|November at a Glance|
|Main Squeeze Dream Orchestra|
The 16 women accordionists of the Main Squeeze Dream Orchestra will give their world premiere performance in New York City at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at The Cutting Room music club on 19 W. 24th Street in New York.
The orchestra was formed by New York accordionist Walter Kuehr, whose band ``The Last of the International Playboys'' has performed at The Rainbow Room, Fez and other top clubs throughout Manhattan.
The Main Squeeze Dream Orchestra includes several musicians who study with Kuehr in his shop, Main Squeeze, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The orchestra performs an eclectic mix from classical to flamenco to blues on their rhinestone-studded instruments. And yes, they play polkas.
For more information contact Walter Kuehr at 1-212-614-3109 Msqueeze19@aol.com
|Dolly Galla-Rini Passes Away|
accordion world is saddened by the recent passing of Dolly Galla-Rini, the
loved wife of Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini. Dolly passed away on October 29th,
2002 at the age of 101.
Dolly is pictured here with husband Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini and son Bud during a recent visit from Val Keisser from San Francisco. Val stopped in to visit Tony and Dolly only days earlier and at Dolly's request, brought in her accordion and entertained the family for quite some time.
The family is kindly requesting
NO FLOWERS please, but cards may be sent to:
For many of us in the accordion
family, the love story of Tony and Dolly has been the inspiration of a
|Calling all USA Pigini 'Sirius' Owners|
a thank you to all Sirius players, The Pigini Factory in Castelfidardo
is putting on a celebration for all owners of the "Sirius" model
as they prepare to celebrate the manufacture of the 1000th instrument
in the "Sirius" series.
|Joan Sommers Elected to CIA Music Committee|
teacher and accordionist Joan C. Sommers was elected to the position of
Vice President of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes
(CIA) Music Committee at their recent elections held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
|Henry Doktorski Releases New CD|
American concert accordionist, Henry Doktorski, has released a solo accordion compact disc featuring 1. classical favorites for accordion and 2. vaudeville classics by Guido Deiro.
The first half of the 74-minute CD (titled California Accordion Recitals) features compositions by Handel, Schumann, Brahms, Gershwin, Hovhaness & Doktorski. The second half features ten compositions by Guido Deiro.
The Italian-American Guido Deiro (1886-1950) was one of the great pioneers of the accordion. Discovered by a talent scout in San Francisco in 1910, he was a big hit on the vaudeville circuit as a headliner for twenty years. He made one hundred records on Columbia and other major labels, and composed his own music. Doktorski plays ten Deiro compositions exhibiting great stylistic diversity: rags, marches, mazurkas, polkas, tangos and waltzes.
The CD contains the following Guido Deiro pieces:
Deiro Rag, Muskateers March, Deirina Mazurka, I Don't Care Polka, Lido Tango, Queen of the Air March, Valse Caprice No. 1, Neapolitan Polka, My Florence Waltz, Egypto Fantasia.
The following paragraphs describe the classical compositions on the CD.
Transcriptions include a polyphonic Baroque six-movement Suite for a Musical Clock by G.F. Handel, in which Doktorski shows the versatility and charm of the free-bass concert accordion, in which both right and left hands are melodically independent.
Robert Schumann's Träumerei (from Kinderscenen ) is a Romantic favorite in which Doktorski reproduces the same voicings that the composer specified originally for piano. The tonal quality of this piece is similar to the sound of a fine European harmonium.
Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 is a show-stopping tour de force which Doktorski performs with vigor and passion.
George Gershwin's Three Preludes (like the Schumann and Brahms pieces above) were originally written for piano, but transcribe superbly for the concert accordion. Gershwin was no stranger to the accordion, as his publisher in 1931 gave the great jazz accordionist Cornell Smelser permission to play Rhapsody In Blue on the radio. This was no small honor; at that time only the organist Jesse Crawford and Gershwin himself were permitted to play it. In addition, Doktorski is no stranger to Gershwin, as his second CD featured Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue along with ten other Gershwin pieces.
The American composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) who wrote about 400 works, including ten operas, sixty-three symphonies (best known are Mysterious Mountain, op. 132, And God Created Whales, op. 229 and Mount St. Helens Symphony, op. 360), a hundred choral works, plus dozens of vocal, chamber and instrumental pieces, wrote several pieces for accordion. Doktorski plays the Suite for Accordion (1959) which consists of three movements. The Solene movement is like a chant, almost Gregorian at times, with a hint of dissonance in the introduction and bridge. The Presto is quasi-baroque and mostly in a natural minor scale. The Allegro Vivo seems to intentionally evoke a bagpipe with a hint of Middle Eastern quarter tones.
Hovhaness composed a piece for Henry Doktorski titled Hymn. In a letter dated February 26, 1990, he wrote, "I improvised a hymn for you in 7/4 time a sacred rhythm three beats for heaven plus four beats for earth, as you are a religious man." This is the world- premiere CD recording of Hymn by Hovhaness.
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Argentinean by birth, is famous for his tangos, which were inspired by both classical music and jazz. He wrote over 750 compositions, including concerti, operas, film and theater scores, and made over seventy records. His ballad Oblivion was nominated for a Grammy Award for best instrumental composition in 1995.
In addition to being a virtuoso
accordionist, Henry Doktorski is also a composer, having studied with
David Stock and Joseph Wilcox Jenkins at Duquesne University where he
received a Master of Music degree. Doktorski's Rondo Polska (2002) is
a light piece, a humorous polka based on a motif comprised of three repeated
notes. The introduction mimics a classical style adagio, similar to the
flavor of Clementi or Hadyn.
|US Accordionist takes 6th Place at World Champs|
accordionist Jason Stephen took a credible 6th place at the recent Coupe
Mondiale World Accordion Championships held in Copenhagen, Denmark while
representing the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International. Just three places behind was fellow
US accordionist Cory Pesaturo representing the
American Accordionists' Association.
competition was won by Russian Alexander Poeluev (right) from Russia,
who also captured the first prize in the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships. This is the first time ever that an accordionist has won
two seperate categories at the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships.
|Birthday Celebrations for Myron Floren|
Floren will celebrate his birthday at Wurstfest in New Braunfels on November
3rd. All accordionists are invited to come play "Happy Birthday"
(in the key of F Major) for Myron, jam with him, reminisce a little, and
have a piece of cake.
|Opera "Larmes" features US Accordionist|
William Schimmel will be featured as an accordionist and actor in Bohuslav
Martinu's (1890 -
1959) during the
performance of the opera "Larmes" which will be performed at
the Guggenheim Museum in New York on October 27 and 28 as part of the
"Works in Progress" series.
|The "K" Trio in Concert|
"K" Trio will perform at the New Haven Chapter of the Connecticut
State Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival. Held on November 2nd
at the Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut, the Trio will perform with
Professor Emeritus Ward Davenny from Yale University.
Their program will include Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat. Admission is free. For further details e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pickpocket Ensemble Entertain|
The Pickpocket Ensemble
will be featured in two concerts in November in the San Francisco area.
They will appear:
Rick Corrigan (accordion), Marguerite Ostrovski (violin), Tim Fox (guitar)
and Will High (bass) the pickPocket ensemble was formed early in 1998
to make a music equally at home in the concert hall and on the street
|"The Well-Tampered Accordion" Premiere|
Guy Klucevsek will perform the premiere of "The Well-Tampered Accordion"
at the Veteran's Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island
on October 12th. This new work is a 12-piece, 30-minute collection of
etudes, preludes, dances, songs-without-words and a chorale or three.
The concert will also include selections from Klucevsek's new solo recording,
"The Heart of the Andes" (Winter & Winter). This program
will be repeated at the "Tonic" in New York City on October
|Second Annual FAA Smash|
Florida Accordion Association will hold its 2nd annual "Smash"
on November 15-16, 2002 at the Holiday Inn Select, 12125 High Tech Avenue,
|Acme Accordion School Celebrates 50 Years!|
The Acme Accordion School
will celebrate 50 years on Sunday November 3rd. The program will be as
|Julius Tupa of The Texas Polka News Passes Away|
Tupa, founder and publisher of "The Texas Polka News," died on
October 5, 2002, due to esophageal cancer. He was 71 years old. He was born
in Moravia, Texas on July 22, 1931 to Frank and Julie Tupa.
He also owned and operated a recording and video studio, continued to broadcast his "Polka Express" radio show until his death. Julius was also known for creating and managing the "Texas Polka and Music Association (TPMA) and he co-founded the polka band "Sound Connection Band" and he was instrumental in promoting the Po.L.K. of A (Polka Lovers Klub of America) in Texas.
Julius also served as an advisor to the Texas Accordion Association. This high-energy,
accordion-loving, promoter will be missed by all. He is survived by his dedicated wife of 48 years, Marie, and a loving family that includes daughter Gayle Boney and husband Tom, daughter Tina Stankus and husband Erik; 4 grandchildren, Jason, Lindsay, Stephen and Kendall; mother Julie; brother Willie and wife Veronica.
|New Accordion Method Book|
LESSONS ACCORDION METHOD by Gary Dahl.
This new method book by accordionist Gary Dahl, is designed for the person who may know nothing about music and has had no previous accordion training. Included with the book to facilitate the learning process is an instructional recording by the author!
This effective exceptional teaching tool will motivate and guide the beginner student from basic accordion familiarization and music theory to quickly achieving results by playing songs such as Scarborough Fair and Ode to Joy!
The minimum size instrument for this breakthrough teaching book is an 80 bass piano accordion. No lyrics included.
$7.95 plus shipping. For
more information, please visit www.accordions.com/garydahl
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