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May 16, 2011


Meeting Notes

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s spring concert by performing, emceeing, bringing refreshments, setting up the room, cleaning up afterwards, and of course cheering on the performers. It was a splendid concert featuring many different styles of music and many personalities – not to mention much humor.

The program looked like this:

Ken Kunec – Volcano

Michael B. Rubin – Besame Mucho

Yimin Zhuang – Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

Joan Grauman and JoAnn Pankow - Olive Blossoms (Frosini 1933) and Under Paris Skies (arr. by Frank Marocco)

Bob Juszczyk – Fascination

Peter DiGiovanni – Medley of food-themed songs (I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts; Candy Man; The Eggplant That Ate Chicago; If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake; Lemon Tree; Chop Suey)

Joan and Peter – Drigo’s Serenade

Silvia Eberly – Boarischer and yodeling song

Robert Ford – Bach’s Toccata & Fugue

Vic Aijala – Medley of Swedish dances (hambo, waltz, polka)

Ken Kunec – Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Four in Accord (Dale Wise, Tom Fabinski, Andre Fry, James Fry) in their first public performance – Bugler’s Holiday

Dale Wise – Amazing Grace, Five Foot Two

Potomac Ensemble – Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina; Cottage Cheese and Noodles

After the formal portion of the concert, Dale entertained while people sampled the refreshments. A few people even danced.


Next Meeting – June 19, 4 pm, Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church

Joan Grauman will present a workshop on “Playing Ethnic Music More Authentically.” She distributed a few copies of music that she will focus on during the workshop. For those who did not receive the sheet music, please download the attached PDF and reply to this email to request the last song. The two PDFs were too big to send easily in one email; hence the split approach.

Message from Joan: I have selected five pieces (and one “optional” piece from Germany) to work on together at the workshop. All are good examples of each country’s folk music: Mattinata (Italy), Roumanian Hora and Bulgar (Klezmer), The Eavesdropper (Ireland), Jochschwalm Walzer (Austria) and Livet i Finnskogarna (Sweden). Please do not worry if the music seems too difficult. Bring your accordion, the music and a music stand anyway – no pressure, just come and enjoy! I will demonstrate and teach accenting, regional ornamentation, as well as other subtleties specific to each region. I look forward to seeing you on June 19!


WMAS Business

If you haven’t yet renewed for 2011, please contact Peter DiGiovanni at peter@musicisforever.com. Your dues ($20 for individuals, $30 for household/families) support our programs and activities. Membership benefits include free admission to our guest-artist concerts and access to our member directory.

Members who would like to receive a copy of the member directory should contact peter@musicisforever.com.


Did You Leave Your Tie at Marco Polo Restaurant??

If so, please contact peter@musicisforever.com.


May 21 Concert in Catonsville

Dale Wise and the Maryland Accordion Club are hosting a concert this Saturday evening (May 21) at Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228. Featured performers: William Cosby, Cory Pesaturo, Ron Onda, Andre Fry, Allen Reed & James Fry, the Bean Soup Project, and the Tri-State Accordion Orchestra (including WMAS members). The concert starts at 7 pm.



Please let Joan Grauman know if you are planning to play in the 2011 AAA Festival Orchestra, July 13-17, Charleston, SC. This annual orchestra is open to all who would like to participate. This year’s conductor is the celebrated accordionist, conductor and arranger, Joan Cochran Sommers. The sheet music is not online this year. To receive a set, e-mail Joan at joangrauman@verizon.net and she will send your parts in a PDF. For more information about the festival in general, visit: www.accordionusa.com and check out “upcoming events.”