Honors Accordion Orchestra & Wurstfest Orchestra
We have been toying around with organizing an accordion orchestra here in Houston. AND NOW IS THE TIME!!!
WHO WANTS TO BE A PART of our HOUSTON ACCORDION ORCHESTRA – and perform at Jones Hall, get free tickets to the show and a MEET & GREET with these fantastic musicians? I can have up to 12 accordionists! The Accordion Virtuosi has agreed to conduct a MASTER CLASS just for the Honors Accordion Retreat!!!!
If you are interested in performing with the Houston Accordion Orchestra – please let me know as soon as possible and I will email you your parts. We will plan to perform 3 standards and 3 German style (and one original by Stas Venglevski). All about level 2-3. I am picking lower level material because of the short time to prepare and the MAJOR OBLIGATION to SOUND GOOD. These performances will be IN THE PUBLIC – not like just an accordion convention environment!
Master Song List (will select from the best sounding!)
- Dark Eyes (Otche Tchornia) (Jones Hall)
- Schneewalzer duet (Snow Waltz) (Wurstfest)
- Metsäkukkia Duet Score ATG – Part 2 Finnish Waltz) (Wurstfest & Jones Hall)
- Sing a Song (Duet) (Carpenters) (Wurstfest & Jones Hall)
- Por Una Cabeza (Tango) (Jones Hall)
- who stole the Keishka? Ensemble score (Wurstfest)
- Hey Mann Polka (Wurstfest)
- Zaza Rumba (Jones Hall)
- Stas Original (Jones Hall)
Wurstfest Accordion Orchestra – There will be in reality – 2 orchestras! – One that will be smaller – that will perform at Jones Hall and the larger – that will perform at Wurstfest. (same songs!) If performing only at Jones Hall – no need to attend the Wurstfest rehearsal.
We already had plans to create a performing group to attend WURSTFEST in New Braunfels, TX on Sunday Nov. 15. – and do 2 – 20 min. performances that will include an ACCORDION FLASH MOB! SOO – Jones Hall accordionists PLUS EVERYONE ELSE – is invited to rehearse with us – and perform at WURSTFEST (with free admission).
Rehearsal Schedule -Participation in either or both Orchestras – $50
- Thurs. Nov. 12 7:00 to 9pm – Stas Venglevski conducting
- Fri. Nov. 13, 5:00 to 7:30 pm
- Sat. – Orchestra Rehearsal 9 am – 2 pm
- Sat. – 2 pm – leave for MASTER CLASS taught by Accordion Virtuossi – Jones Hall Performance and Concert
- Sun. – 8am – bus leaves for Wurstfest (you can go with us even you don’t play!)
- Sun. – 6pm – bus leaves for Houston by 9 pm
Accordion Blog Honors Retreat – Make the trip to Houston – really a great time – on Thurs & Friday during the day – we will be conducting workshops – see this link for more details. Expand your stay to Monday ad Tues for more FUN!
PS – Definition of MY ACCORDION FLASH MOB
- Everyone will have their accordions in their cases – and scattered in crowd
- Everyone will have a stool or chair with them (unless you want to stand for 1 song)
- One person will walk to the center of the area – open their case – and sit down and start playing
- 3 more will do the same next to the first. Then 3 more, then 3 more etc.
- We will play 1 song probably 10 times – and get audience to sing along
- This song should be memorized – if not – have your stand ready with music clipped to it.
- You will need your stand and stool or chair for when we perform anyway!
This is a PLAYING Accordion Retreat – BRING YOUR ACCORDION!
Hotel – near Hobby Airport – not near IAH (BUSH))
- Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport – 8720 Gulf Freeway · Houston, Texas, 77017 · Phone: 713-948-0800 · Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8133
- Ask for Accordion Retreat – FIRST 10 People can ask for a FREE UPGRADE TO SUITE ROOM – $99 per night – which includes FREE HOT BREAKFAST for entire room daily.
- FREE HOTEL AIRPORT SHUTTLE to and from HOBBY AIRPORT. (Out-of-Towners – for the Mon-Tues workshops – plan to arrive Sun PM and we can have you back to the airport for a 5:30 pm flight or after on Tues.)