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January 21, 2014


Happy Snow Day!

Our group held a fun and well-attended play-along session on January 12. Joan Grauman brought sheet music for a number of songs that were popular in the 1890s, while Joe Kulick offered Beatles sheet music, Jim Vandelly distributed music for a German song that was his mother’s favorite (“You Can’t Be True, Dear”), and the Juszczyks played and sang the Polish song that went over so well at our January 2013 meeting: “Gweboka Studzienka.” Hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yA-9QI9wjk

Thanks to all for the contributions, including Joan for leading us through much of the music and Halina Baras-Jones for taking over for the Beatles songs.

Thanks also to Peter DiGiovanni for being the first greeter of the new year!


February and March Meetings

Our February meeting is coming up quickly; it’s on the 9th. We’ll be celebrating our 11th year as a club and, as usual, it will be a dance party. Please sign up to play a dance tune (waltzes and polkas are the dances most people know) and please plan to bring snacks to share. We’ll order a birthday cake for the occasion.

On March 16 we will try something new: a mini International Festival featuring three cultures. Yimeng Huang will talk about and demonstrate Chinese music; Mike Rubin will do the same for Jewish music; and Joan Grauman and a couple of her former band mates will take on Bulgarian music. At least some of the presenters will wear traditional dress, and we will encourage everyone to bring ethnic snacks, as well as costumes and other items to display. Yimeng, Mike, and Joan will bring sheet music for a couple of easy ethnic songs so everyone can join in. Don’t forget your accordions!
We still need greeters for the February and March meetings, so if you’d like to do the honors, please reply to this message. The greeter plays from about 3:45 until about 4:05, and it’s a good opportunity to try out new songs or otherwise perform without the stress of a dead-silent audience staring at you.


Upcoming Events

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 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 at 7 pm as follows:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Salisbury University, Holloway Hall
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Avalon Theatre
40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601

Sunday, February 23, 2014
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

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

Tickets are not required; however seating is on a first-come basis.