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June 11, 2004


Notes from the President

June 8, 2004, Meeting

What a night! The meeting started with a wonderful and well-organized program by Michael B. Rubin. His survey of Jewish music covered cantorial/liturgical music, which started in approximately the 12th century, then moved to Ladino, Klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli, holiday and American Jewish music. For each category, Mike played us a couple of example pieces on his accordion, and the audience sang along on many. I hope that, in a future program, we'll be able to learn some Jewish and other types of folk dances.

Following Mike's presentation, our youngest member, Elise Malouf, performed "Skip to My Lou," and then Clay Bobrowski played several pieces on his Midi, in particular some Italian and Polish songs he recently played at a family member's wedding. Several of us tried the Midi afterwards, and it was an incredible experience for me to play Bach's Toccata on that instrument. I was sure Dracula was going to walk in the door any minute.

Next, newcomer David Ball demonstrated his beautiful 1929 Star concertina, playing a few songs and answering many questions. I look forward to hearing more from David.

Next month we will not have a workshop but will have short performances by Wendy Morrison, Peter DiGiovanni, and perhaps others, and then will begin working on music for the December 12 holiday concert. If you have some festive music with multiple parts, please bring it to the meeting, and make a dozen or so copies if you can.

Upcoming Events

Dale Wise will hold his summer recital next Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m., at Oakton Methodist Churchon Route 123. Click here for more details on this and other events.

The Maryland Accordion Club (MAC) is looking for accordionists to ride on its float in the Catonsville, Md., 4th of July parade on Saturday, July 3. Several WMAS members participated last year and had a ball. Call Joe Fertitta at (410) 744-3352 for more information, and check out the photos from last year.

Also, MAC’s next meeting is Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 5 pm at the Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Avenue in Catonsville.

Joan Grauman and, I think, Stella Allison will be presenting workshops at the American Accordionists' Association convention in Quincy, Mass., July 11-15.

Hope to see you at the July 13 meeting, if not before.