(To post a news item,
WMAS NEWS UPDATE
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.
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!
Alan Kelly Gang (Irish band) at Artisphere
Wednesday, March 5, 8 pm
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.
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.
NOVA Community Chorus Concerts
Halina Banas-Jones will be singing in three upcoming choral concerts:
Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 pm
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
Sunday, April 6, 3 pm
World Artists Experiences in partnership with the Embassy of Serbia
Performances are as follows:
Sunday, February 23, 3 pm
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7 pm
Tickets are not required; however seating is on a first-come basis. More info at http://www.worldartists.org/waehome/index.cfm