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July 30, 2011


Meeting Notes

On July 10, we were lucky enough to have acclaimed accordionist – and friend -- Rita Davidson in the house. Rita drove down from New Jersey to play us a special concert of the music of composer, arranger and conductor Eugene Ettore, her former teacher.

Ettore died 26 years ago in a car accident, at age 64. To mark the 90th anniversary of his birth, and to celebrate his life and his work, Rita has been performing his music all over the country, using the vintage Sano accordion that she played in Ettore’s “Sano Symphony Orchestra” during the 1960s.

Learn more about Eugene Ettore at http://www.accordions.com/memorials/mem/ettore_eugene/

AAA Festival

We scheduled the July meeting to accommodate those who were planning to attend the annual American Accordionists’ Association Festival in Charleston, SC, in mid-July.

The festival was a tremendous success, Attendance was high, the weather cooperated (unlike here at home), the performers were excellent, and WMAS was well represented. Andre Fry took the US Virtuoso Championship and also took first place in the composition competition. Our president, Peter DiGiovanni, took second place in the composition competition.

WMAS members took part in competitions, worked at the registration desk and as room captains, participated in the festival orchestra conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers, and cheered for the many fine accordionists who came from all over the country to perform. Many thanks to all who participated and helped out! You can read more about the event and see photos in the next edition of the online newsletter Accordion USA: www.accordionusa.com. Check for it on or after August 1.

And please mark your calendars for next year’s AAA Festival: July 11 – 15, 2012, in Baltimore. It will take place four blocks from the Inner Harbor and will feature, as guest artist and guest conductor, Stas Venglevski. It should be great! Check the AAA website for periodic updates: www.ameraccord.com.

Coming Up

Please remember that we will not be meeting in August. But Joyce Palmer is hosting WMAS members at a potluck picnic and concert with Stas Venglevski at her Capitol Hill home on August 15. Please call Joyce at 202-543-3860 to obtain directions and let her know what dish you will be bringing.

Our next meeting, September 18, is our annual Oktoberfest, so polish up your polkas and waltzes, and sign up to play.

Our October 16 meeting will be a concert with guest artist Vladimir Mollov. Some of you have enjoyed Vladimir’s music at AAMS and AAA festivals but, if not, check him out at www.myspace.com/vmollov.

Please enjoy your summer, and keep those accordions out of the heat!