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February 22, 2014


Meeting Notes

Another year, another anniversary! Our February 9 meeting started our 12th year as a club, and we celebrated with music, dancing, balloons, and birthday cake. Greeter Joan Grauman got the party rolling with some upbeat tunes. Lots of people performed, and lots of others filled the dance floor. Paul Aebersold and Jean Caswell taught a schottische and a circle dance involving waltzing (and a few collisions), as Joan pumped out melodies with the proper beat.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the celebration a big success: to Lee and Ron Paulson for decorating the room with a Valentine’s theme; to JoAnn and John Pankow for coordinating the refreshments; to Joan for organizing the entertainment; and to everybody who played, danced, brought snacks to share, and enjoyed the day. Thanks also to Valentine Zadnik and his granddaughter for letting us share your birthdays.


Next Month

We have lots to look forward to at our March 16 meeting. First, we will be only four days away from the first day of spring and a week into daylight savings time. Second, we will be trying something new. We will be holding a mini International Festival in which some of our members will discuss and demonstrate music from various cultures: Yimeng Huang, Chinese; Mike Rubin, Jewish; Robert Ford, Bolivian; Joan Grauman, Bulgarian; and Frank Vidergar, Slovenian. To carry the theme further, we encourage you all to bring snacks representative of your ethnic background and to wear folk costumes or bring costumes and other items to display. The presenters will choose sheet music for a play-along after the program, so don’t forget your accordions!

Steve Albertini has signed up as greeter for the March meeting, and we look forward to hearing him, too.


Upcoming Events

Alan Kelly Gang (Irish band) at Artisphere

Wednesday, March 5, 8 pm
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22209

Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, The Alan Kelly Gang sits firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scenes. Hailed by international critics for their consummate musicianship and powerful, emotive performance, they deliver a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire, their musical dialogue finding influences that span the Celtic countries, but with Ireland always sternly at the helm. 

Alan Kelly, the main driving force behind the Gang, has been a busy performer on the scene for 20 odd years working with many different projects and musicians, some of his own motivation and some as musical collaborations with other top musician friends. Over the years, Alan has toured and recorded with artists such as: Eddi Reader, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, Cathy Ryan, Michael McGoldrick, Karen Casey, De Dannan, Lúnasa and Alison Brown. The band also includes acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Alasdair White of Battlefield Band. 

Kelly’s critically acclaimed 1997 debut album Out of the Blue exploded onto the traditional scene with such impact that he is generally credited with ‘making the piano accordion hip again’. July 2000 saw the release of Kelly’s second solo album Mosaic, which was voted one of the ‘top ten trad albums’ by both the Irish Times and Hot Press Magazine.  Irish Music Magazine also nominated Mosaic for ‘Best Crossover album’ of the year.

More information and tickets ($18) at http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/ALAN-KELLY-GANG.aspx


AAMS Festival March 28-30, Whippany, NJ

The American Accordion Musicological Society (AAMS) will be honoring Jim Vandelly at its March 28-30, 2014, festival at the Marriott Hotel in Whippany, New Jersey. The tribute banquet will take place Saturday, March 29, at 6 pm, and the Potomac Ensemble will perform that evening, along with a number of other artists. Another not-to-be-missed event will take place Friday evening the 28th: Rik Kaplan will be organizing a “French Experience” concert featuring the Crawdaddies with accordionist Kraig Greff (who’s performed for our club), the Musette Project with Dallas Vietty (ditto), Dee Langley, and Joanna Darrow.

The festival schedule also includes lots of workshops, and the weekend is always packed with fun.
More information is attached and at www.aamsaccordionfestival.com. Please register soon by mailing your registration form, menu choice for the banquet, and check to:
Joanna Arnold Darrow
322 Haddon Avenue 
Westmont, NJ 08108
Questions to (856)854-6628 or


NOVA Community Chorus Concerts

Halina Banas-Jones will be singing in three upcoming choral concerts:

Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 pm
Black History Month Concert: Chorus and Jazz Band
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center 
Northern Virginia Community College
Alexandria Campus
3001 North Beauregard Street 
Alexandria, Virginia 22311-5097

The NOVA Community Chorus will perform the world premiere of Reiss’s Sea Surface Full of Clouds with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, in these two concerts:

Sunday, March 30, 3 pm at
TC Williams HS
3300 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Sunday, April 6, 3 pm
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW
Washington DC


World Artists Experiences in partnership with the Embassy of Serbia
Proudly presents world-renowned accordionist Petar Maric  
The program will consist of folk and classical music performed on both the acoustic and electronic accordion. A native of Belgrade in Serbia, Mr. Maric has been a student of the accordion since the age of five and has studied at music schools throughout Europe. He has also won international competitions for accordion players in countries from Norway to Italy.

Performances are as follows:

Sunday, February 23, 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland
11 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Saturday, March 1, 7 pm
The Prince George County Historical Society Inc,
6406 Courthouse Road
Prince George, Virginia 23875 

Sunday, March 2, 3 pm
Dinwiddie Courthouse
14008 Boydton Plank Road
Dinwiddie, VA  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Tickets are not required; however seating is on a first-come basis. More info at http://www.worldartists.org/waehome/index.cfm