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World Accordion Day

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World Accordion Day - A live 24 hour broadcast around the World
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The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day.
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This year, the CIA will take embark on a new adventure to celebrate World Accordion Day on May 6th. The World Accordion Day this year will be a 24 Hour Celebration of the Accordion, similar to the coverage of New Years Eve, whereby celebrations are viewed on an ongoing basis as the time zones elapse around the world.

<p>Watch World Accordion Day here on this page on Sunday 6th May.

<p>Start Time will be 7am Paris Time (GMT+1). The show will be available for viewing live throughout the day with 24 separate hours of archived video coverage.

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Comment by Bill Palmer on May 7, 2012 at 10:32am

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in World Accordion Day at Heritage Arts Productions in Pasadena, Texas. Sheila Lee had a fantastic celebration of the accordion that started about 12:30 and went until 7:00 PM. We took a break for dinner, then came back to the Heritage Arts Productions headquarters for the broadcast.

Yesenia Garcia and two of her brothers represented conjunto music quite well. She played short portions of two numbers. She may have been the first diatonic accordion player to appear on this broadcast. The fellows who put this together really worked hard to make sure it happened correctly. They did a fine job.

I would like to set the record straight about one thing that was broadcast on the first segment of the US presentations. Ms. Joan Cochran Summers did not mention that the curriculum she presented in Missouri was based directly upon the curriculum my father had established at the University of Houston.

He had proposed that the accordion be treated like any other virtuoso instrument, such as the violin, and that the study be similar in nature.

I just wanted to make that completely clear.

However, I still must credit her with keeping the university level accordion study alive for an additional 50+ years.

It's too bad that state supported music schools seem to forget that there are some excellent accordionists and that there is also a growing repertoire of "serious" accordion music. Why these narrow-minded people cannot see that the accordion has a place in a conservatory while people are allowed to compose "music" on transistor radios, pieces of wire, nuts, bolts, discarded metal fragments and get government grants for it is beyond me, and has been so for many years.

Rant off. Soapbox pushed aside.

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