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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
The April 20 meeting was a two-fer, or even a three-fer. Joan Grauman presented a brief workshop on the blues scale, based on a similar workshop offered by Lenny Feldman at the Mesa, Arizona, accordion camp in January. The point was to provide some music basics to help accordionists invent jazz-sounding melodies. Joan suggested that people who want to play jazz should listen to Frank Marocco and Eddie Monteiro CDs to get an ear for the sound. Well see if anyone is inspired enough to come up with something for our June 15 concert.
After the workshop Jim Vandelly performed a short concert on both bayan and piano accordion. We scheduled the concert for April because Jim will be away most of the next several meetings, and we needed our fix before he left. The piano accordion was a bonus, as we rarely hear Jim play the standards. One audience member was moved to sing along, and Jim slipped easily into the role of accompanist on Moon River.
The third part of the meeting was a surprise birthday for Karen. Only a few people in the room knew what it meant when the Mexican song Las Mañanitas suddenly came over the speakers. Its the birthday song, and Karens surprised grin and birthday cake soon followed. She would like to let everyone know how much she appreciated the love and good wishes, our rendition of Happy Birthday, and the delicious tres leches cake.
Our next meeting, on May 18, will be a concert of Italian Valtaro Musette Music by Dominic Karcic and Ray Oreggia. We are advertising this to the public and asking for a donation of $8. WMAS members dont have to pay, but we are hoping you will bring refreshments such as grapes, cheese, and desserts for after the concert. This is instead of a regular meeting, but the time and place will be the usual: 4 pm at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044.
On April 19 a large group of WMAS members attended a fantastic concert by accordionist Alessandro Gazza at the Italian Cultural Institute just off Massachusetts Avenue, Embassy Row. Mr. Gazza, who has won 15 first prizes in national (Italian) and international accordion competitions, studied with Semionov, among other teachers. The program included Piazzolla, Paganini, Scarlatti, Albeniz, Rossini, and Gazzas own compositions, plus a selection of film music. After the free (!) concert, the audience was treated to champagne and strawberries.
Joan Grauman will be speaking on the accordion for the Fairfax Bibliophiles on Tuesday, May 13, at the Fairfax Public Library. The presentation will cover books on the accordion, old sheet music, some history of the accordion in the United States, and the different kinds of accordions. In addition, she will play a few pieces on the piano accordion (by P. Frosini and F. Marocco) and the Austrian diatonic accordion. The library is at 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030, at the corner of Old Lee and North, telephone 703-293-6227. The event starts at 7:30 pm.
Below is an updated T-shirt inventory. If you would like a shirt, please check to see if we have your size, and then let us know so we can bring it to the next meeting. We cannot mail the shirts. The price is $15.
Womens red - 1 S, 1 M, 2 L, 3 XL, 2XL = 11 total
Womens black - 2S, 2 M, 2 L = 6 total
Mens red - 3S, 3M, 1L, 2XL = 9 total
Mens black - 1S, 1L, 1XL = 3
AAA Accordion Extravaganza
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 2 pm the American Accordionists Association will present an Accordion Extravaganza Concert in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the AAA and to the memory of Maddalena Belfiore. The event takes place at the Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla, NY 10595
The Concert will feature the Accordion Pops Orchestra under the direction of Danny Desiderio, Eddie Monteiro, Mary Tokarski, The Jazz Duo of Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito, former CIA World Champion Beverly Roberts Curnow, Dr. William Schimmel, Dr. Robert McMahan, International Vocal Artist Mary Mancini with Mario Tacca, The Amazing Accordion Kings, and others. Concert tickets are $30; dinner is $35. Please reply to this email if you would like more information.
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