Meeting Notes from the President
We had a modest turnout for our last meeting of the year, on Dec. 13.
Because of a scheduling snafu, the program we had anticipated -- by Eric
Schwarz -- did not take place, and Dale Wise stepped in with a lecture/demonstration
on music theory. We hope to reschedule Eric for sometime in the new year
(March). In addition, the board is thinking maybe we should drop our December
meeting and make the annual concert the last get-together of the year.
Any thoughts on this? The board will meet in the third week of January
to plan our 2006 program.
Peter DiGiovanni, our membership chairman, is collecting dues for 2006
. The price is right: $15. Please make Peter's life easier by paying up
soon. If you'd like to mail a check, please reply
for more instructions.
We look forward to a presentation in January (the 10th) by Dr. Bob Duca
on how to avoid injury when playing the accordion. Bob is both a chiropractor
and an accordionist.
Dec. 4 Holiday Concert
The concert, once again, was a great success and lots of fun, as was
the potluck that followed. Merv Conn warmed up the crowd as it entered
the hall; then Karen introduced our conductor, Joan Grauman, and master
of ceremonies, Dale Wise. The program looked like this:
WMAS Orchestra: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. by Mike Surratt for
WMAS) & Frosty the Snowman
Elise Malouf: Good King Wenceslas & Silent Night
Czarina Attipoe: Jingle Bells & When the Saints Go Marching In
Silvia Eberly (with Daniel McCharen & Czarina): German Christmas
songs & Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Phil Fox: Song of Music Medley
WMAS Orchestra: Angels We Have Heard on High (arr. by Mike Surratt for
WMAS) & Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Ronald Charvet: O Tannenbaum & an Ecuadoran song
Potomac Ensemble: Picnic Polka & Le Clochard de Paris
Dan Grauman: Minor Christmas Medley
Rick Nunno, Adam Carter Nafziger (guitar) & Mara Cherkasky: First
Peter DiGiovanni: Christmas Oldies Medley
Nicolai Gamrasni: A Time for Cherries
Potomac Ensemble: Sandmannchen & Lovers' Waltz
Leone Monticone, Clare Cherkasky (guitar) & Mara Cherkasky: Ding
Dong Merrily on High
Michael B. Rubin: O Hanuka, My Dredl & Who Can Retell?
Jim Vandelly: Kamarinskaya, Barinya & The Cossack Rides the Danube
Jim Vandelly, Vladimir Titarenko & Peter DiGiovanni: Podgorka
WMAS Orchestra: Silent Night & Joy to the World
Merv Conn, Joan Grauman, Dale Wise, Silvery Eberly and others entertained
We've gone international! Jim Vandelly has been sending news of our programs
and activities to the Accordions Worldwide Web site (based in New Zealand)
www.accordions.com. Please check
it out when you get a chance.
Also, please make sure you check our own Web calendar
frequently for accordion news and events around the DC area.
With that, we'd like to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas,
Hanuka and Kwanzaa -- and the happiest of new years. See you in 2006!