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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
October 19, 2006

 

Meeting Notes

Our October 10 meeting was a send-off for Vladimir Titarenko, our Russian friend, whose tour of duty with the embassy here is up. For the next two years he will be working at the foreign ministry in Moscow and then will be posted to a new country. But maybe he’ll get a chance to visit us, and we’ll keep in touch via email and this Web site. Here's a picture of Vladimir back home in Moscow, with his bayan.

We didn’t let Vladimir go without giving us a tune. He and Jim Vandelly played their famous Podgorka, and Jim played a few favorites, including “In the Blacksmith Shop,” “Oh, You Birch Tree,” “Varinya,” and “Kamarinskaya.” Vic Aijala and Lee Paulson played “Ivushka,” “Duo II,” and “Lonely Accordion,” and Vic played some solos on his Finnish bayan: “Gypsy Dance,” “La Vie en Rose,” and some Russian songs. In addition, Michael B. Rubin played “Waves of the Danube,” “Moscow Nights,” and “Russian Two Step.” And Ken Kunec played “Dark Eyes,” “Golden Earrings” (his mother’s favorite song), “Two Guitars,” and a novelty number involving playing, walking, and balancing a basket on his head at the same time. Very entertaining.

Coming up, our November 14 meeting will be rock ‘n’ roll night. But don’t worry if you don’t have any rock in your repertoire – we’re flexible. After the program we will run through the music for the December 3 holiday concert.

We’re still looking for an idea for our December 12 program, so please let us know what you would like to do. Maybe an informal jam session would be best, since this will be such a busy time of year. Our holiday concert will be over with, but Dale Wise’s annual event will be December 20, the week after the meeting.

Announcements

Rehearsals for the Holiday Concert

The first rehearsal for the holiday concert will be at 7:30 pm next Tuesday, October 24, at our regular meeting place, Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church. We have reserved the church for rehearsals every Tuesday until the December 3 concert, with the exception of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Tuesday, November 14, is our regular meeting, but we will rehearse after the program.

MAC Meeting this Saturday

Joan Grauman will teach Oktoberfest tunes and dances at the Maryland Accordion Club meeting this Saturday, October 21. MAC meets from 2 to 5 pm at the community center in Catonsville. For more information, see the WMAS calendar.

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Extra, Extra
Two great concerts and an accordion repair workshop

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This coming Monday!

NiVo (on panpipes) in Concert at the Romanian Embassy

with

Alecu Ilie – dulcimer; Veran Zorila – clarinet; Marius Zorila – violin; Loretta Bodo – percussion; Emy Dragoi – accordion; Jan Dinca- bass

Monday, October 23, 2006 at 6:30 pm
Embassy of Romania
1607, 23 rd St. NW
Washington DC 20008

Wine and Cheese Buffet will follow

Business Attire

R.S.V.P. (202) 332-4852 ext. 105 or at rsvp@roembus.org
Please mention the title of the event, name, number of guests and phone number.

For more information, see www.roembus.org.

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Sattuma Family Quartet

at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD

Friday, November 10, 2006 at 8 p.m.

Tickets $15 for FFNCC members, $20 for general admission


Traditional music genuinely reflecting the spirit of Karelia
Spirited Finnish folk songs, romantic Russian waltzes and spry Scandinavian polskas are all on tap when the folk quartet Sattuma performs.

The group consists of Arto Rinne and his 16-year-old daughter Eila, and Dima Demin and his 13-year-old son Vlad. All multi-talented musicians, they perform traditional dance melodies and songs of both Russia & Finland on fiddles, accordion, clarinet, flutes, jaw harp, harmonica, Estonian bagpipes and the Finnish folk instruments known as the kantele and jouhikko.

Sattuma hails from Karelia, a region of Russia which borders Finland and which retains a strong Finnish heritage. The group's name comes from a Finnish word meaning either “happenstance” or “to hit the mark,” depending on how it's used. Both nuances are appropriate, says Sattuma member Arto Rinne, since the four started playing together just for fun but soon found that there was a demand for their music, with its special multi-generational appeal.

This dynamic group will perform for schools and communities in the New England and Washington DC areas. The school performances are partially funded by a grant from Finlandia Foundation National.

“They are easily one of the most well received groups we have had in the past several years. We had a full house which asked for and received several spirited encores.” Bruce Griffin, Chairman of the Program Committee, Finlandia Foundation National Capitol Chapter, re: concert at Finnish Embassy, Washington DC, November, 2004.

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Accordion Repair Seminar with Dale Wise

November 11-12, 2006

Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: 1:30 - 5:30 pm.

4314 Burr Hill Rd. (Rte. 692)
Burr Hill, VA 22433

Directions:
From the North:

95 S, 3 W, 20 S, right on 611, left on 692, first driveway on right.
or
495 S, 66 W, 29 S at Gainesville, 3 E Exit, 522 S, left on 611, right on 692, first driveway on right.

From the South:

95 N, 3 W, 20 S, right on 611, left on 692, first driveway on right.
or
29 N, 3 E Exit, 522 S, left on 611, right on 692, first driveway on right.
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Motel:
Holiday Inn Select (Rtes. 95 & 3)
2801 Plank Rd. (Rt. 3 W)
Central Park (lots of stores & restaurants)
800-682-1049
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Airports:
Dulles International / Richmond International
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Please feel free to bring a guest to lunch with us on Saturday. Guests who are not participating in the seminar are welcome to relax at our place, or go shopping or sight-seeing.
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RSVP to
Dale E. Wise, M.M.E.
P.O. Box 53 (4314 Burr Hill Rd.)
Burr Hill, VA 22433
(540) 854-5209 / Email: Accordionplus@aol.com

CAFE MOZART NEWS

Silvia Eberly is playing Sunday and Tuesday dinners at Cafe Mozart on H Street, NW, and Paul Aebersold is playing Saturday lunches.

DALE WISE WINTER CONCERT

Accordion Plus, with host Dale Wise, will present a Winter Concert at Oakton United Methodist Church located at Hunter Mill Rd. and Rte. 123 in Oakton, VA on December 20 at 8:00 P.M. Bring a friend, and enjoy an evening of accordion music and delightful holiday refreshments. More information at accordionplus@aol.com.