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Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Playing the Concerto Accordion

Starting with a good acoustic accordion we add digital enhancements stretching your ability and styles. The design is upgradeable providing long-term longevity. Great accordion with a walnut keyboard and bellows that breath and add life to your performing. Best durability of electronics in the industry – the Concerto just works.

Cory Pesaturo

Tony Lovello Techniques

We lost the Giant that was Tony Lovello in 2017 but his many unique stylings and techniques live on. Many people do not realize how many there are, and if so, how to play them and use them. Cory will go over these loved items, and give you an idea of how to apply them to your playing.

Liz Finch

Brush Up Your Reading & Writing Skills

A review of notational practices and guidelines for improved reading and writing of music.


10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Let's Play the Accordion

Let me see if we can make a difference. Interactive discussion group, instruments available.

Mary Tokarski

"Ask Mary"

Time set aside – Just for YOU!  Bring your questions, concerns and difficulties to the workshop – bring your accordion too!  We will figure out ways to “fix” all the problems together!  No problem too small, no problem too big . . . we will find a solution – together!

Stas Venglevski

How to Develop Your Techniques

Seven different exercises including finger and wrist exercises with demonstration.

11:00 – 11:50

Michael Zampiceni

Optimizing Bellows Technique

Mike will explain common bellows transgressions and how to correct them. Dynamic and expressive techniques for an optimal performance will be demonstrated. His solutions and suggestions are based on many years of mentoring students.

Grayson Masefield

Practice Methods

How to prepare a piece to be stage ready. A master class on different practicing techniques where participation is welcome.

Joan Sommers

First Lessons for Beginners

Joan Sommers has taught lots of beginners of all ages. She will demonstrate her ideas for teaching these important Lessons. Come see if you find something of interest to you and how you teach a first lesson.

12:00 – Lunch


  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Salad – Fresh Greens with Sesame Dressing
  • Main Entrée – Teriyaki Chicken Breast
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Asian Stir-Fry Vegetables with noodles
  • Rice – Steamed
  • Vegetables – Stir Fry Vegetables
  • Dessert – Green Tea Cheesecake

Today's Lunch concert features lunch music with Gordon Kohl followed by the Honorary Conductors Panel – with Pete Barbutti, Gina Brannelli, Gordon Kohl, Joan Sommers, Mary Tokarski, Stas Venglevski and special guests Cory Pesaturo and Grayson Masefield

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50




Grayson Masefield

Master Class

Joan Sommers

Master Class for Soloists or Small Groups

Master classes offer an easy manner in which all of us can learn from others. Come play a piece and receive a few comments on how to make your performance better or how to solve a problem you are having in learning this particular piece. Be sure to bring your music, whether you use it to play with or you are playing by memory.

3:00 – 3:50



Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:50

Gina Brannelli and Paul Pasquali

Introducing the Concerto

Come hear as we explore the sounds of the Concerto accordion!




Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal


5:15 – 7:30 PM

Dinner on your own tonight!

  • Ports O’ Call – Buffet – variety, casual & a bargain!>
  • Corner Stone – FINE DINING, Steak House, reservations suggested: 702-367-7111
  • Ping Pang Pong – Named one of the top ten Chinese restaurants in America! Reservations 702-247-8136
  • Noodle Exchange – One of the city's favorite noodle bars – casual and quick
  • TGIF – Food Fun & Fridays! Casual Pub

Make sure you’re back in your seats at the Arizona Ballroom by 7:50 PM – Dancing music with Gordon Kohl 7:10-7:55 - and the concert will begin promptly at 8 PM

Tonight's concert features Kim & Dan Christian and Stas Venglevski.

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October 14 - October 17, 2019


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  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
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