Welcome to the December News!
|Los Super Vatos|
|Carmello Pino New AAA President|
|New President for MAMA|
|Stas Venglevski performs out West|
|25th Anniversary of American Family Xmas|
|Calling All Former UMKC Orchestra Members|
|Doctoral Accordion Performance Recital|
|Confederation Offering Six Categories in 2001|
|Accordion Club formed in Kansas|
|AAA Cleveland Bound in 2001|
|Dr William Schimmel performs in Houston|
|ATG to feature European Orchestra|
|Yann-Fanch Perroches in Austin|
|40th Anniversary of Westmont Philharmonia|
|Once Upon a Sleigh Ride|
|Just for fun|
|and just for more fun...|
|Los Super Vatos|
Super Vatos, Saturday, December
9, 2000 at 8 PM. Curtain talk by Juan Tejeda at 7:30 p.m at The Paramount
Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue in Austin. Tickets may be purchased in person
at Start Ticket outlets or the Paramount Theatre box office; over the phone
by calling 469-SHOW; or over the Internet at www.startickets.com. For information:
call TFR at (512) 441-9255 or visit our website at www.main.org/tfr.
Join Texas Folklife Resources and the Paramount Theatre for Los Super Vatos, the premier program in our Texas Folk Masters 2000-2001 series. Cool dudes of Tex-Mex join forces in a hot and spicy blend of Tejano, conjunto, and country music hosted by the legendary Little Joe Hernandez. Adding flavor to the mix will be conjunto accordionist Santiago Jimenez, Jr., Chicano blues man Randy Garibay and Austin1s own Derailers frontman Tony Villanueva. This combo platter of cumbias, boleros, rancheras and much, much, more will have you dancing in the aisles!
Little Joe y La Familia is one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands. A pioneer of Tejano music, Little Joe has more that 40 years in the music business under his belt. He began performing in 1955, recording his first single for Terrero Records in 1959. Since then he has recorded over 50 albums, garnered 3 Grammy nominations, and in 1994, won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for his album "Diez Y Seis De Septiembre." He has recently signed with Capitol EMI, for which his first recording was Grammy-nominated.
Santiago Jimenez, Jr. began his career as an accordionist at 15 and released his first single at 17. Following in the tradition which his father helped establish, Santiago plays in a sincere and simple style. Now he has more that 150 singles, 60 albums and cassettes, and three Grammy nominations to his credit. In September of this year, he was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing him as one of this country1s cultural treasures.
As San Antonio's premier purveyor of Chicano blues, Randy Garibay has over 40 years in the music business. He will shake the Paramount with what he calls "puro pinche blues."
Derailers frontman Tony Villanueva grew up in a Mexican-American family with farm roots and a mother who kept the radio tuned to the local country station. With Derailers cofounder Brian Hofeldt, singer/guitarist Villanueva helped revive a Buck Owens/Bakersfeild/Western swing sound that has garnered the band titles like honky-tonk heroes and and praise as the next big thing in Austin country.
Texas Folklife Resources is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the living folk arts and folklife of the Lone Star State. Our offices and gallery are in Austin but our mission is carried out statewide through concerts, media projects, museum exhibitions, and community and educational residencies.
Sponsors of the 2000-2001 Texas Folk Masters Series are The City of Austin through The Austin Arts Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Guaranty Federal Bank, F.S.B. and American Airlines.
|Dr. Carmello Pino elected new AAA President|
American Accordionists Association has elected Dr. Carmello Pino as their
new President during their recent Board meeting held in New York City.
The post of President has been held for the last six years by Faithe Deffner, who will now assume a role as a Board of Director. In her closing speeches, Mrs. Deffner reflected on the wonderful accomplishments of the AAA during her six year term, including things such as the successful "Search for the Hottest Accordionist" in Branson, Missouri, the highly publicized festivals in places such as Houston, Washington DC and Nashville, as well as the affiliation with the "World of Accordions" Museum housed in Duluth, Minnesota.
Thanks were given to all the Board Members and officers who assisted during her Presidency, and also special thanks to Dr. William Schimmel who has moderated the annual series of concerts and masterclasses in New York on behalf of the AAA.
The new officers for the next two year term are as follows:
President: Dr. Carmello Pino
First Vice President: Frank Busso
Second Vice President: Linda Soley Reed
Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Robert McMahn
|Julie Silfverberg New MAMA President|
Mid America Music Association (MAMA) is pleased to announce that Kansas
City resident Julie Silfverberg has been elected to the office of President
of their organization.
MAMA holds an annual festival each summer which now attracts thousands of contestants from all across the Midwest.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Music in Accordion Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she was a student of Joan C. Sommers. Julie has traveled in many countries during her accordion career, performing with the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, in duo with her husband Juha and with The International Trio.
Together with her husband Juha, Julie has made several appearances on television in both Finland and the United States and also plays piano and organ for many school and church functions.
Julie teaches accordion and piano in a private studio in Overland Park, Kansas and also keeps busy with her musical family. Her husband Juha performs in the great Kansas City area and runs an accordion repair business, her daughter Jessica is an accomplished clarinet player, holding first chair in both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, and their son Janne is an accomplished Trombone player, specializing in Jazz.
|Stas Venglevski performs out West|
Venglesvski entertained a packed house at the Los Angeles-based club, “The
Accordionaires’” Monday, November 7th meeting. Part of a west coast tour,
the evening included excerpts from a collection of his original works, “Illusions”
(available on CD) , as well as the Bach "Passacaglia and Fugue" in C minor,
and his arrangements of music from Rossini”s “Marriage of Figaro”, Tchaikovsky’s
“The Nutcracker Suite”, and a medley of popular international melodies.
A dazzling display of technical prowess, along with an engaging personal style, gave the members a new sense of possibility for excellence and enjoyment of the accordion. For the remaining portion of the tour, Stas was joined by his partner, Mike Alongi, for a performance at the Bay Area Accordion Club.
3rd marks the 25th Anniversary of the American Family Xmas Concert held
at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
|Calling All UMKC Accordion Orchestra Members from 1961 to the present!|
The annual Spring Concert
of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers
will mark the 40th Anniversary of the group.
|Recital for Doctorate in Accordion Performance|
Lidia Kaminska will present her first in a series of four recitals required
to fulfill her Doctorate in Accordion Performance at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City where she studies with Joan C. Sommers.
|CIA to offer 6 Categories in 2001|
The Confederation Internationale
des Accordeonistes will offer a total of 6 categories of world competition
next year including:
|New Accordion Club in Kansas|
The Kansas Accordion Club is now officially called the Kaw Valley Accordion
Club. The meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month
from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries Building which
is located at 1204 Oread in Lawrence, Kansas.
| The American Accordionists
Association will hold its 2001 Annual Competition and Festival in Cleveland,
OH from 11-15 July.
The festival will include competitions, workshops and concerts and is open to all ages and levels of accordionists.
For more information please contact AAA at: email@example.com
|Dr. William Schimmel performs with the Houston Symphony|
|New York based accordionist
Dr. William Schimmel recently returned from a series of concerts with the
A regular with symphonies across the country, Dr. Schimmel was featured performing the works of Astor Piazzolla.
Dr. Schimmel also announced his 2001 series of concerts and lectures to be held in New York City which will be entitled 2001 - An Accordion Odyssey!
|ATG Announces European Orchestra|
Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International is pleased to announce
the appearance of the Viennese Accordion Ensemble at its 2001 Competition
and Festival to be held in San Antonio, Texas from July 19-22, 2001.
From their first hour together the main aim was to show and to prove that the accordion claims its place in the concert hall. In this field the Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble has certainly done a pioneer's job. This shows in its repertoire which contains all styles. About half of their standard program contains compositions from Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Johann Strauss to Gershwin and Bernstein.
The big aim of the ensemble, whether it be classic or light music, is good interpretation.
|Yann-Fanch Perroches to appear in Austin, Texas|
Friends of Traditional Music, The Austin Celtic Association and Austin International
Folk Dancers present POZAOUT from Brittany performing music for a real Fest-noz
(Breton Ceili) Thursday, December 14th Carpenter's Hall 400 Josephine Austin
(One block west of Lamar Blvd. and one block north of Barton Springs Road.
Just South of the Lamar/Town Lake Bridge) 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM ABOUT THE EVENT:
happens when you put 4 of the finest Breton musicians in one room? Pozaout,
of course! Roughly translated, Pozaout means "Cowboy" in the Breton language.
This quartet represents the best of a breed of musical masters from Brittany
(the Celtic region of NW France), one of the most musical lands on the
planet. The names Skolvan, Skeduz and Kurun read as a virtual Mount Rushmore
of top Breton dance bands of the last decade.
|Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra Celebrates 40 years!|
The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra presents the first concert of their 40th Anniversary Year on Sunday December 3rd at 3:00 PM. The concert will be held at the Holy Saviour Auditorium, 15 Virginia Ave. Westmont, NJ 08108. Admission is by donation.
Music to be presented during this concert will vary from ethnic to romantic to jazz. Some of the compositions being presented are Take Five, Slavonic Rhapsody, West Side Story, Vivaldi and more.
Stanley Darrow will be joined in directing the orchestra by new Assistant Conductor Vitali Pirog. Mr. Pirog joined the orchestra in January 2000 just after emigrating from the Ukraine. While in the Ukraine he was the professional conductor of the National Philharmonic Ukraine.
The orchestra presented its first concert in 1961, and since its inception the orchestra has toured Canada, Europe and Iceland. During the 40th anniversary the primary goals are to organize a concert tour of Paris and Germany, scheduled for October 2001.
The public is encouraged to attend and experience the wonderful sound created by this ensemble.
For more information call: Joanna Arnold (856) 854-6628 or Ray Haines: (856) 589-8308
|Once Upon A Sleigh Ride|
Mrs. Leroy Anderson tells
us that there will be a documentary entitled "Once Upon A Sleigh Ride"
which will be aired on PBS in the United States late in December. It will
have all of the favorites of the composer , many of which are also favorites
This video is about the
life and music of the American composer of light concert music, Leroy
Anderson (1908-1975), and is produced by Emmy-Award Winning Producer/Director,
Peter Rosen. Narrator is Dick Cavett.
|Just for fun...|
|And just for more fun...|