The 18th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 23 - October 26, 2017

         
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Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Morning Workshops

 

   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Playing French Café Background & Dance Music.

Music styles – musette – reed switches and registrations that one would use. Rhythm and song styles for the five tempos of French waltzes and tango waltzes. Ornaments to use and how to use them in the correct places, especially for dance music, so that one does not interrupt the dancer.

Kim & Dan Christian

Spice Up Your Arrangements

We will teach you how to add rhythm patterns, chords, glissandos, turns - all kinds of things to spice up even the most basic arrangement. Bring a piece of music with you, and we'll show you how. This is a valuable skill to learn due to the small amount of music that is available for accordionists.

Cory Pesaturo

Mastering Authentic Styles

 Just because you know a Frank Marocco arrangement does not mean you know a lick about Jazz. Just because you play Nunzio's version of Under Paris Skies does not mean you know anything about French music. Playing a style takes years to understand, let alone master. Cory will take you through over 10 genres, and dive into the details of each, using just one simple song as an example all the way through. The song will transform in groove, ornaments, tempo, key, touch, feel, and many other aspects as it is put through the paces of each genre. By the end, you will have an idea of how to identify certain details in a style, apply them to your playing, and hence, make yourself sound more authentic.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

The Accordion Basics

Methods used in my teaching facility, bellows, expression, fingering, instrument set up, straps, etc. helpful for those who intend teaching, or are self motivating.

 

Grayson Masefield

Bellow Techniques

A class on the different ways to use bellows, including the different bellowshakes, tremolos, note bending, accents and phrasing.

11:00 – 11:50

Liz Finch

Behind the Scenes with Hollywood's Great Composers & Musicians

Stories from many years of working with the best musicians and composers in Hollywood.

Stas Venglevski

Original Music by Stas

Stas will both perform & provide hints on his compositions, including easy to medium songs which are good for students to learn different styles of music.

Joan Summers

For Members of the Accordion Orchestra

Come ask any of your questions about the music before the first rehearsal. Bring your music, but I will also have my scores available. If anything needs fixing, this would be a good time to do it. You can bring an accordion if you like.

12:00 – Lunch

  • Salad – Caesar Salad with dressing on the side
  • Main Entrée – Traditional Meat Lasagna Smothered with Fresh Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetarian Lasagna with Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetables – Italian Vegetable Medley
  • Dessert – Peach Melba with Vanilla Ice Cream

Today's Lunch concert features a Special Tribute to Dick Contino by Pete Contino and Judy Contino (Mrs. Dick Contino)

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Gordon Kohl

Playing French Café Background & Dance Music.

Music styles – musette – reed switches and registrations that one would use. Rhythm and song styles the five tempos of French waltzes and tango waltzes. Ornaments to use and how to use them in the correct places especially for dance music so that one does not interrupt the dancer.

 

Stas Venglevski

Master Class

 

3:00 – 3:50

 

 

 

Cory Pesaturo

Mastering Authentic Styles

 Just because you know a Frank Marocco arrangement does not mean you know a lick about Jazz. Just because you play Nunzio's version of Under Paris Skies does not mean you know anything about French music. Playing a style takes years to understand, let alone master. Cory will take you through over 10 genres, and dive into the details of each, using just one simple song as an example all the way through. The song will transform in groove, ornaments, tempo, key, touch, feel, and many other aspects as it is put through the paces of each genre. By the end, you will have an idea of how to identify certain details in a style, apply them to your playing, and hence, make yourself sound more authentic.

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 5:00  

 

 

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Dinner

 

  • Salad – Lettuce Wedge with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Salmon Fillet with Dill Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Eggplant Parmesan
  • Potato – Pesto mashed potatoes
  • Vegetables – Grilled Asparagus
  • Dessert – Grand Marnier Cake

Doors open at 6:30 PM

 

Dinner begins at 7:00 PM

 

Tonight's concert features Mary Tokarski and Grayson Masefield. It will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.

 

 

 


Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

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