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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
March 13, 2004

 

 

Notes on the March 9 Meeting

Tuesday's program was great, as usual. Not only did we have the pleasure of hearing Ron Onda perform accordion classics of the 1950s -- as promised -- but we were treated to a surprise: duets by newcomer Wei Wei and his nine-year old son Alan. Alan is impressively adept after only three months of learning the accordion, but apparently he's already an accomplished pianist. In any case, their delight in making music together was plain to see.

Ron played wonderfully several Charles Magnante pieces -- including "Dark Eyes," "Waltz Allegro," "Waltz in C Sharp Minor," "Malaguena," "Carnival of Venice" and "Tic Tock Polka" -- and also Tony Dannon's "Mazurka di Antonio" and Myron Floren's "Dakota Polka." Wei Wei and Alan Wei performed "Let's Play Together," "Musette" and "Cumparsita."

We can't wait to have them all back. Meanwhile, you can hear Ron again soon if you go to the Maryland Accordion Club meeting March 20 (see the Calendar for more information). While you're on there, check out the other listings. New ones are added regularly.

Upcoming Meetings

Marjamaan Pojat, a duo comprising Lee Simonson and Vic Aijala, will perform old-time Scandinavian dance music at the April 13 meeting. Please spread the word.

For the May 11 meeting we will hold a concert for ourselves. Please sign up to play your favorite piece or two by contacting wmas2002@cox.net -- or make yourself known at the next meeting. Also, it would be helpful for the group if those who were involved in the AAMS competition, no matter what their level, would play us their piece and explain a little about competitions, to take the mystery out of them.

Summer Meetings

We're debating whether to hold meetings in July and August. The problem in July is that the meeting date falls during the American Accordionists' Association annual convention (July 11-15; the meeting would be July 13). Last year's August meeting was not well-attended because of summer vacations, so it's a shame to ask someone to prepare a program. On the other hand, we could always hold another mini-concert. Please let us know what you would like to do, so we can plan accordionly.

T-shirts

The t-shirts have been ordered, and we're hoping to have them for you at the April meeting. The extras we ordered will be available for $12 for short-sleeved and $18 for long-sleeved.

Membership

It was nice to see so many familiar faces, and a number of new ones as well, at the March meeting. Some of the newcomers heard about WMAS through the Web site and some through the Washington Post announcements. We'll also be making up flyers for people to hand to anyone they meet who might be interested.

Please remember to renew your membership for 2004. We'll give stragglers a little more time before we send out a reminder.

Hope to see you April 13!