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World Accordion Day and Palmer Festival 2017

Concerts, Workshops, Demonstrations, and Discussions

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DAY 1

  • Kevin Friedrich: "World Accordion Day: Its Import and Consequence" (about the CIA, why and how WAD was established; where celebrated)
  • Helmi Harrington: Accordions Have Secrets! (Surprising examinations of what's expected vs what's really there)
  • Explaining an Interpretation: Michael Bridge and Stas Venglevsi
  • John Scaffeo Concert
  • Panel Discussion, Open Forum: Memorization and Rapid Learning Techniques
  • Michael Bridge Concert
  • Stas Venglevski Conducts

Summer Sunshine (Stas Venglevski)

Kanon in D (Johann Pachelbel)

La Violatera (Jose Padilla)

The Lost Chord (Arthur Sullivan)

DAY 2

  • Dr. Mike Middleton and Helmi Harrington: Part One: Willard Palmer Changed the Musical World by Teaching Us How to Teach and Play Part Two: Developments after Palmer's Work
  • Dee Langley Concert
  • Panel Discussion on Composing and Performing
  • Dee Langley Workshop: Playing from a Lead Sheet; Feeling and Understanding Balkan Rhythms
  • John Scaffeo Concert
  • Stas Venglevski Concert
  • Tracey Gibbens ConductsMorning in the Mountains(Rudolf Wuerthner)Herbst Elegie (Hans Brehme)Modern Love Waltz (Philip Glass)Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar)Accordion Waltz (Anon.)



Your Instructor


Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph. D.
Helmi Strahl Harrington, Ph. D.

Class Curriculum


  Opening Remarks
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  Accordions Have Secrets!
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  Explaining an Interpretation
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  Panel Discussion: Memorization and Rapid Learning
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  Palmer Review
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  Panel Discussion: Composing, Conducting, Arranging and Stage Presentation
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  Playing from a Lead Sheet; Feeling and Understanding Balkan Rhythms with Dee Langley
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