Notes from the President
I have been singing Monster Mash all morning; I am so excited
about the October 27 Halloween parade in Vienna, Va. WMAS will have a
float with several of us on it in costume playing Monster Mash
and other scary songs. If you are interested in joining us, please contact
Joyce Palmer at (202) 543-3860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parade starts at 7 pm, but apparently people start setting out chairs
in the morning.
Last night we were introduced to Wendy Morrisons Home
for Wayward Accordions Traveling Museum and Circus of Strange, Rare
and Wonderful Squeezeboxes . Wendy had brought about a dozen instruments,
and she explained the history of each and demonstrated how it sounded.
Among the artifacts were a modern, American-made, octagonal Anglo concertina
with hand-made Italian accordion reeds; a hexagonal English concertina
built in 1918 that was a top-of-the-line instrument in its day; a Soviet-made
one-row diatonic squeezebox with a bell accompaniment on the bass side;
and a couple of club accordions by Hohner. One feature of the museum is
that people are allowed to touch, and after the presentation, several
people tried out the instruments and purchased tchochkes, records, music
and other items from the museum gift shop. It was a great
night. We had a nice turnout including a couple of new faces. Thanks,
The December 12 holiday concert will be here before we know it. Here
are the songs you need to practice: the two arrangements by Mike Surratt
("We Three Kings"/"Greensleeves" Medley and "Do
You Hear What I Hear?"), Rudolph, Up on the Housetop
and March of the Toy Soldiers. Also, we are starting to develop
the program, so please let us know if you or your small group wants to
play a piece in the concert. So far, Ron Charvet has signed up for Silent
Night, Peter DiGiovanni has dibs on the Skaters Waltz,"
and Peter and Mara will play "Hanerot Hallalu." Also, Joan Graumans
small group is planning to play a few pieces. Please note that we will
be rehearsing for the concert Tuesday, Nov. 2 (the week before the next
meeting), as well as all the Tuesdays between the November 9 meeting and
the concert, except for the one just before Thanksgiving. Please try to
make the rehearsals if youre playing in the concert. All take place
at Sleepy Hollow Church and start at 7:30 pm.
Lots of other events coming up:
- Ronald and Lola Charvet have invited WMAS members to a party in Reston
Saturday, October 23, starting at 4 pm. Please RSVP to (703) 273-9356
and dont forget to bring your accordion.
- Paul Przedpelski plays November 4 at the Del
Ray Dreamery on Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, from about 6 to
9 pm. The Dreamery welcomes accordionists whod like to play a couple
of numbers during Pauls breaks. Contact him at email@example.com.
- November 6 the Washington Balalaika Society is holding a fundraiser
party or Vecherinka: $25 includes food and musical entertainment
by "Russkiye Musikanti," "Beltway Balalaikas," "The
WBS Sextet" and "St. Petersburg Trio. For tickets or more information,
check www.balalaika.org or call
(703) 536- 3082.
- At our November 9 meeting, Stella Allison will present a workshop on
jazz classics of the 1940s. Weve had a taste of Stellas music
at previous meetings and cant wait to hear more.
- Hexagon will give two free performances of its satirical musical comedy
revue Monday, November 8, at 6 and 7:30 pm at the National Theater downtown.
WMAS member Michael Rubin is a member of the troupe. See www.hexagon.org
for more information.
- November 13 at 2 pm, WMAS is sponsoring a concert by accordion virtuoso
Rita Davidson at the Fourth Presbyterian Church School, 10701 South Glen
Road, Potomac, Md. This is our first try at bringing in an out-of-town
performer actually, Rita is a friend of Dan and Joan Grauman, who
are doing all the legwork on this -- so were hoping for a good turnout.
Were asking for an $8 donation, and there will be a reception after
Rita, a full-time music teacher in West Orange, N.J., for many years,
studied accordion with Eugene Ettore and has recorded his works. She has
won many state and national accordion competitions and sits on the boards
of the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey and the American
Accordionists Association. She also has judged many piano and accordion
competitions, presented workshops and concerts at accordion events around
the country, performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, and plays
in a Klezmer band in the New York metropolitan area. The November 13 concert
will feature music by Eugene Ettore and Charles Magnante, plus some Klezmer
For more information, contact Dan and Joan Grauman at (301) 279-8716
- Also on the evening of November 13, Wendy Morrisons group Shalshelet
will perform some of her music at the 2004 Festival of New Jewish Liturgical
Music . The next day, the group will perform others of Wendys new
pieces at afternoon workshops. The festival takes place at Temple Shalom,
8401 Grubb Road in Silver Spring, Md. See www.shalshelet.org
or www.klezmusic.com for more information.
Details and more listings are on the calendar.
See you soon,