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June 27, 2013


Meeting Notes

Thanks to all who participated in and attended our Fathers and Founders Concert on June 16. We celebrated both Fathers’ Day and the 75th anniversary of the American Accordionists’ Association by asking people to play music by one of the AAA founders or something with a fatherhood theme.

Pietro Frosini seemed to win the founders’ popularity contest: of the seven founders’ pieces performed in the concert, five were his compositions. In addition we heard one piece arranged by founder Charles Magnante and one arranged by Pietro Deiro, Jr., a founder’s son.

The Potomac Ensemble played “Founders’ Tribute,” by Peter DiGiovanni. Instead of playing with the group Peter spoke the lyrics over the music. (A member of the audience joked later that this was the first rap song written for the accordion.)

Joan Grauman emceed this time. She brought a large display from her AAA Archives and, as each performer was setting up, told brief stories about the founders and their accomplishments.

Karen Malan-Uribe, our own founder, is the one who came up with the idea for playing the AAA founders’ music -- which is especially dear to her because she grew up playing it in her father’s accordion school. After the concert, Karen said: “I was so impressed that people actually played some of the founders’ music. I appreciate people stepping up to the challenge and realize that some took a risk to put aside the music they are familiar with and used to playing. But it was wonderful to hear some of those great pieces.”

The program is listed below. Greeters Yimeng Huang and Mara Cherkasky opened the meeting with duets of traditional European tunes.


Next Month

Young Russian accordionist Luba Pak will perform at the July 14 meeting. Luba has studied the accordion for four years in Taganrog, Russia, and has participated in numerous competitions in her home town as well as in the nearby cities Rostov-on-Don and Azov. Her dream is to open a music school in the U.S., where she will teach accordion using the Russian methods.

Greeter: Jim Vandelly

July 14, 2013, 4 pm
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, Virginia


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Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Accordion Club

Joan Grauman will be conducting her acclaimed workshop, “Playing Ethnic Music More Authentically,” at the new Philadelphia Accordion Club’s kickoff meeting this Saturday, June 29, at 1 pm, at Liberty Bellows, 614 S. Second Street.

Following Joan’s workshop, around 2 pm, Mayumi Miyaoka and Robert Duncan of the Brooklyn Accordion Club (formed earlier this year) will perform a classical accordion duet.



Mike Surratt and the Continentals will perform at Blob’s Park this Sunday, June 30, from 4 to 8 pm. Call 410-799-7130 or visit www.blobspark.net.

Bastille Day at the Willard

Robert Jacobs will play solo in the Willard Hotel’s Café du Parc (French bistro with sidewalk café) from 5 to 9 pm on Bastille Day, Sunday, July 14. Gypsy Roots, the gypsy jazz/world music group, will be playing from earlier in the afternoon until about 4:30-5:00, and Jacobs says he may join them. Unfortunately this event conflicts with the WMAS meeting, but it would be possible to go to WMAS and then catch the end of the Bastille Day event. The Willard is at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

From the hotel’s website:

The Willard InterContinental is hosting its annual block party-style celebration with a live band from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The outdoor fest features barbecue carry out lunch (picnic tables provided) with hot dogs, hamburgers and sweet crepes. Hot dog or hamburger lunch for $10, includes coleslaw, fruit and a bottle of water. Parisian-style sweet crepes station offers two items for $6. Wine and beer on tap is available as is an all-day dining Café du Parc menu.

Reservations: Call Café du Parc at 202-942-7000, or visit www.cafeduparc.com.


Fathers and Founders Concert Program

Karen Malan-Uribe: Frosini Memorial Waltz by Pietro Frosini* and Come Back to Sorrento by Ernesto De Curtis, arr. by Pietro Deiro, Jr.**

Karen and Luis Uribe: Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius, arr. by Charles Magnante*

Mike Rubin: Chusen Kala Mazel Tov, Jewish folk wedding song

Peter DiGiovanni: Florette, by Pietro Frosini*

Joan Grauman: La Coronita, by Pietro Frosini*

Suzanne Shayt: Ciribiribin, by Alberto Pestalozza, arr. by Palmer and Hughes

Robert and Rocio Ford: Jolly Caballero, by Pietro Frosini*

Robert Juszczyk: Deep Well, Polish folk song

JoAnn Pankow: Symphonic March, by Pietro Frosini*

Ken Kunec: I Just Fall In Love Again, by Herbstritt, Dorff, Lloyd & Sklerov, and Sunrise, Sunset, by Bock & Harnick

Potomac Accordion Ensemble: Belle of the Ball, by Leroy Anderson and Founders’ Tribute, by Peter DiGiovanni

*Founder of the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA)

**Son of AAA Founding President Pietro Deiro