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March 25, 2011


Meeting Notes

About 50 people braved the March coming-in-like-a-lion weather to fete Dale Wise at our March 6 meeting. Dale turned 70 this month, and that’s something to celebrate.

Besides the cake and tributes, the party included a workshop by Dale, his gift to us.

We wish him many, many happy returns.


April with WMAS

On Saturday, April 16, from 6 to 9 pm, WMAS will host an Italian dinner-dance at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Avenue W., Vienna, Virginia. The event will feature live Valtaro Musette dance music by accordionists Dominic Karcic and Ray Oreggia, and a delicious buffet (with cash bar). There are only a few tickets left, so buy yours asap – at $30 for members and $39 for nonmembers -- from peter@musicisforever.com.

The next day, Sunday, April 17, at 4 pm, Andre Fry will play a concert at our meeting at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church. Andre is a phenomenon who is going to go places. Don’t miss this meeting!


Nancy Leonard Performance April 1

Nancy Leonard auditioned and was selected to perform six songs at the Talent Show at the Holiday Park Multiservice Senior Center at 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906 on Friday, April 1, at 1:15 pm (until 3:15 pm). Tickets cost only $1.00, but you must purchase them in advance because space is limited. For information and tickets please call Nancy at 301-871-2995 or email accordionstar@verizon.net.


Potomac Ensemble to Perform at Mary Tokarski Tribute in New Jersey on April 2

The Potomac Ensemble has been asked to perform at the MAMTG/AAMS Festival on April 2 during the Lifetime Achievement Award banquet honoring Mary Tokarski. The ensemble, comprising 10 WMAS members under the direction of Joan Grauman, will also play a couple of selections with the Connecticut Accordion. Please join us! For more information, see www.mamtg.org.


Washington Balalaika Society Spring Concert on April 30 and May 1

The Washington Balalaika Society will perform its Spring Concert on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 pm at the T.C.Williams High School Theater, 3330 King Street, Alexandria VA, and on Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 pm, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD. This year’s program, titled “The Art of the Balalaika,” features soloists Andrei Saveliev (balalaika) and Olga Orlovskaya (soprano) in a collection of beautiful music. More information is available at http://www.balalaika.org.