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Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration

Accordion Music, Entertainment, Dancing, Competitions

Entertainment Schedule is below.

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration June 20-23, 2013 – Festival Information

Accordion music at its finest: jazz, popular, classical, ethnic and everything in between pulses through the village as musicians (children through seniors) and music lovers flock to Leavenworth to compete for awards and cash, attend workshops, jam sessions, a film/video series, parade down Front Street and enjoy four nights of concerts and dances with world class musicians. Sponsored by the Northwest Accordion Society.

Open Accordion Festival Map

Open Accordion Festival Map

You’ll be able to enjoy events at the Grange Hall, the Gazebo, and the Festhalle.  This year the Grange Hall will be used as the education center.  The upper floor will host performance space and the lower level for workshops.  The Gazebo will have both professional and amateur players entertaining visitors.  The Festhalle will have vendor displays in the foyer and the main hall will host the competition and concerts.

Competitions, Jamming, Workshops, Concerts and More!

International Accordian CelebrationThe 2013 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration will be an exciting event – full of talented musicians, enthusiastic music lovers, friendly competitors of all ages and lots of surprises. Entertainment at the Gazebo in Front Street Park is free. The Northwest Accordion Society organizes entertainment and Jam sessions in the Gazebo Thursday through Saturday. The Competitions and Concerts are held in Leavenworth’s Festhalle on the corner of Front and Tenth Streets.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the concerts phone the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce at (509) 548-5807.

http://www.accordioncelebration.org/ticket.html

Pricing:

See Advance Ticket Order Form for individual performances June 20 – 23, 2013

 

Concert Schedule:

 

Gary Blair – Thursday – June 20, 2013

Gary Blair started playing accordion at the age of 8 and was taught by his father, Jimmy, a well-known Accordionist/teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. At an early age, Gary was encouraged to enter competitions and went on to win numerous competitions both nationally and internationally.

He has performed in many festivals throughout the world, including the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, Kimberley OldTime Accordion Competition, Carrefour Mondiale de L’accordeon (Quebec) , London Accordion Festival, Chartres Accordion Festival, Caister International Accordion Festival, Eastbourne Accordion Festival and of course, The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. This year, he performed at the International Accordion Festival in Lorraine, France and at the International festival in Castelfidardo Italy.

His band is in great demand throughout the world and has recently played in Ireland, England, India, Dubai, Kuwait, Italy and many other venues throughout the UK.

Visit: accordions.com/garyblair/gary.htm .

Northwest Accordionaires Band- Thursday – June 20, 2013

The Northwest Accordionaires is an Accordion Orchestra comprising of 14 Accordions, plus Drums, Tuba and Bass and recently added Vocals. They have performed all around Seattle as well as Victoria in British Columbia.

The members come from varied Backgrounds, from Engineers to Teachers.

Rehearsals are held on the Eastside. It has been in existence for 10 years. All the arrangements are original and are penned by the Leader and Conductor Cooksie Kaserzon Kramer – (originally from South Africa and now residing in Kirkland WA,) and range from Folk to Popular Broadway Tunes as well as Classical.

We are very excited to be back on the stage at Leavenworth for LIAC.

Kory Tideman and Juan Barco- Thursday – June 20, 2013

Kory and Juan will together present the nuances of the Conjunto style of music of which the accordion and bajosexto play an important role. Both have many years of experience on their instruments. Kory performs regularly with the Happy Hans Band. Juan, a popular Northwest musician will be playing the bajosexto in their performance and workshop. As Kory says, “in Conjunto music, Juan is THE MAN and has seen the style develop and knows many of those who were originators of the genre.”

Tango Volcado – Friday – June 21, 2013

The Inland Northwest’s hottest Tango Band is stirring up a frenzy for Tango wherever it plays. This quartet of musicians plays multiple instruments including the theramin, viola and violin, accordion, guitar, piano and bass. From the torrid to the tender, the group plays classic tangos, Nuevo tangos and their own tango arrangements of pop songs. Kendall Feeney, Patricia Bartell, Tana Bland and Eugene Jablonsky teach at Universities, secondary schools, play in the Spokane Symphony, teach privately, and perform in a variety of styles and venues in addition to their Tango Volcado activities.

Visit: TangoVolcado.com.

Sam Thomas – Friday – June 21, 2013

Sam Thomas was 11 when he started taking lessons with Ilmar Kuljus, who ran the Accordia-Nova studio in Spokane and taught hundreds of students over 50-plus years. Kuljus retired soon after Thomas started, selling his studio and moving to Arizona. So Pamela Thomas drove her son south every spring. The Thomases lived with Kuljus for a month at a time, spending hours a day in lessons. Pamela Thomas served as his accordion coach back in Spokane. As a teen he competed in the American Accordionists’ Association’s national competition four times, winning twice. He also traveled overseas twice to compete in the Coupe Mondiale.

After the sudden death of his father in 2006, Sam’s enthusiasm for playing and competing slowed and he played very little. The 23 year old was encouraged to break his performance hiatus when it was announced that the Trophée Mondial would take place close to home. Sam qualified and became the first American to place first in the Trophée Mondial in more than 25 years. Sam credits the win to the variety in his repertoire, but also his “American style.”

The Great Dance Palooza – Friday – June 21, 2013

This Group of Accordionists, led by Bonnie Birch, will perform Swing, Fox Trots, Waltzes, Polkas, Latin Rhythms, and more for your listening and dancing pleasure. More details to come.

 

Bruce Gassman - Saturday June 22, 2013

Mr. Gassman’s extensive accordion background began at age 9. From 1961–1965, he studied with Maestro Joseph Biviano of New York City. While in college, (1965-69) and playing rock & roll, he toured the Mid-West with the Escorts, Doc & the MD’s and The Broadway Clique. Once back East, and now playing a Hammond B-3 and Fender Rhodes piano, his 1969-70 Jersey Shore rock scene experience involved performances at many area night clubs. Returning to his accordion roots in 1974 and with electronic accordions becoming more current, he formed The Bruce Gassman Orchestra. For the next 18 years Bruce performed more than 100 annual engagements. In 2008, Bruce became the first accordionist to perform with Holiday Express, a group of 80 professional musicians and 1,300 volunteers who, from Thanksgiving till Christmas, perform more than 50 shows at Developmental Centers, Psychiatric Hospitals and Children’s Special Schools.

Since 2009, Bruce has presented workshops, conducted and been a featured performer at numerous accordion clubs, conventions and festivals.

Visit: accordion2bruce.com .

Trio Voronezh- Saturday June 22, 2013

Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation gives the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk and contemporary repertoire. Discovered playing Bach in a Frankfurt, Germany subway station, Trio Voronezh has since made several tours of the U.S., and earned audience and critical praise.

The trio’s diverse repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to Russian folk songs, gypsy dance music, and popular songs by Gershwin.

Classically trained at the Conservatory in Voronezh, Russia, the members formed the trio in 1993 in their native working-class city of Voronezh. They play traditional Russian folk instruments: a double-bass balalaika (the three-stringed Russian national instrument, with a triangular body made of fir), a domra (a three-stringed short-necked ancestor of the mandolin), and a bajan (a chromatic-button accordion, with various registers).

The trio made its U.S. debut at the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival. It made its orchestral debut with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful collaboration with Doc Severinsen. Since the debut the trio has performed throughout the U.S. with major orchestras, to great acclaim.

SERGEI TELESHEV, bajan VLADIMIR VOLOKHIN, domra VALERIE PETRUKHIN, double-bass balalaika

Visit: triovoronezh.com .

2013 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Combined Schedule for the venues at the Festhalle, Grange and the Gazebo

Download and print this pdf combined schedule to bring with you!

 

Thursday, June 20

11:00am Accordion Entertainment organized by NW Accordion Society – Gazebo

12:00pm Competitor Packets and Ticket sales – Festhalle

noon Vendors’ Hall Opens – Festhalle

3:00pm Practice Jam Session with Bonnie Birch; FREE – Grange/Upper

4:00pm Workshop with Bary Blair – Grange/Upper

6:30 pm Welcometo LIAC Festhalle

6:40 – 7:05pm Conjunto performance with Kory Tideman and Juan Barco – Festhalle

7:15 – 7:55pm Concert by the Northwest Accordionaires – Festhalle

8:10 – 9:10pm Concert featuring Gary Blair – Festhalle

 

Friday, June 21

8:45am Competitor Packets and Ticket sales – Festhalle

8:30am Grange opens (see detailed Grange schedule) – Grange

9:00am Vendors’ Hall Opens – Festhalle

9:30 – Noon Competition: Variety I, II, III, – Festhalle

9:30 – 10:45am Evaluation: all levels – Grange/Upper

9:30 – 10:30am Workshop with Roland/Alicia Baker – FREE – Grange/Lower

11:00am Accordion Entertainment organized by NW Accordion Society – Gazebo

11:00am Workshop with Kory Tideman and Juan Barco – Grange/Upper

12:15pm Workshop with Bruce Gassman – Grange/Upper

1:30 – 4:30pm Competition: Duets (18& over), Bands, Diatonic – Festhalle

1:30 – 2:30pm Workshop with Jim Tobler – Grange/Upper

2:45 – 4:30pm FREE Concert in Grange (see detailed Grange schedule) – Grange/Upper

1:30 – 3:30pm FREE Accordion lessons by The Northwest Accordion Society – Grange/Lower

4:00 – 4:45pm Organized group playing by The Northwest Accordion Society – Gazebo

4:00 – 5:00pm Workshop with Simply Music/Patricia Bartell – FREE – Grange/Lower

5:00 pm Workshop with Trio Voronezh – Grange/Upper

7:00 – 7:25pm Concert featuring Sam Thomas – Festhalle

7:40 – 8:40pm Concert featuring Tango Volcado – Festhalle

9:00 – 9:45pm Music and Dancing with the Great Dance Palooza – Festhalle

Saturday, June 22

8:45am Competitor Packets and Ticket sales – Festhalle

8:30am Grange opens (see detailed Grange schedule) – Grange

9:00am Vendors’ Hall Opens – Festhalle

9:30 – Noon Competition: Variety IV, V, VI, Duets (17&under), Classical (15&under) – Festhalle

9:30 – 11:15am Evaluation: all levels – Grange/Upper

9:00 – 10:00am Workshop with Roland/Alicia Baker – FREE Grange/Lower

10:15am Workshop with Jim Tobler Grange/Lower

11:30am Workshop with Jim and Shirley O’Brien – Grange/Upper

11:00am Accordion Entertainment organized by NW Accordion Society – Gazebo

12:45pm Accordion Parade Front Street

1:30 – 4:30pm Competition: Competition: March Open, Classical Open, Leavenworth Open – Festhalle

1:30 – 2:30pm Workshop with Bruce Gassman – Grange/Upper

2:45 – 4:30pm FREE Concert in Grange (see detailed Grange schedule) – Grange/Upper

1:30 – 3:30pm FREE Accordion lessons by The Northwest Accordion Society – Grange/Lower

4:00 – 4:45pm Organized group playing by The Northwest Accordion Society – Gazebo

5:00 pm Workshop with Gary Blair – Grange/Upper

7:00 – 8:00pm Concert featuring Bruce Gassman – Festhalle

8:15 – 9:15pm Concert featuring Trio Voronezh – Festhalle

 

Sunday, June 23

9:00am Vendors’ Hall Opens – Festhalle

10:00am Awards Ceremony – if any change, time will be posted at the Festhalle desk

11:00am Accordion Entertainment organized by NW Accordion Society – Gazebo

 

Gazebo Schedule Summary:
Thurs: 11am – 4pm
Fri: 11am – 4:45pm (Organized group playing 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.)
Sat: 11am – 4:45pm (Organized group playing 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.) Sun: 11am – 2pm
Grange Concert Summary:
Friday concert at the Grange
2:45 – 4:30 pm Accordion Concert featuring Northwest Accordion Society players
Saturday concert at the Grange
2:45 – 4:30 pm Accordion Concert featuring Northwest Accordion Society players

*Evaluation – performer may choose the Grange and/or Festhalle environment with their respective judges for their performance; scheduling in the Festhalle depends on how many competitors are in the actual competition

Notes: schedule subject to change; check website for details and updates; an update board will also be posted in the Festhalle during the celebration.

Doors in Festhalle open at 6:40 for evening concerts

9:00am Vendors’ Hall Opens – Festhalle

10:00am Awards Ceremony – if any change, time will be posted at the Festhalle desk

11:00am Accordion Entertainment organized by NW Accordion Society – Gazebo