Trio made a whopping 37 appearances in 2000 . . . even with the time off
in April and May for Julie's surgery, and our vacation in December! The
events went from special "guest" performances of just one or
two pieces, to 2 hour concerts . . . even a radio talk show!
We had hoped to finish
our next CD release in the Spring, but Julie's surgery put a damper on
that! The recovery period was longer than expected, and the summer "flew"
by with our trips to Washington, D.C. and to Chicago. Fall performances
were so thick, there was very little time for getting into the studio
to finish the recording. We decided to take some "time off"
in December for a little R&R, and Mary and Julie spent some Holiday
time in Tennessee with Mary's grandchildren. January 2001 is here, and
the CD (we're calling it "Take 2") is still not quite done!
We're shooting for early spring . . . if all goes well!
Our schedule in January
of 2000 included two performances for the Schubert Club of Fairfield County,
and a visit to one of the local Homes for the Aged.
We worked hard in
February to get into the recording studio several times, and then off
to the Hartford area for a 100th Birthday Party! Not to be outdone, the
Home for the Aged had us return in early March for a 105th Birthday Party!
A Sunday off in April
allowed us to attend a concert by the Accordion Pops Orchestra, conducted
by our friend Daniel Desiderio. We enjoyed the afternoon . . . a tribute
to Pietro Deiro, Jr. . . . and got to visit with the guest soloists as
well as our many friends in the orchestra. A wonderful afternoon out .
. . without a performance!
Mary did some judging
in April at the Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts Festival
. . . an event that's been on her schedule for many years now! It's great
to watch the students grow . . . chronologically as well as musically!
April got really mixed
up when Julie had to go into the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery!
But, trooper that she is, we performed a concert 10 days after her surgery!
Alphen Opus 2, an accordion orchestra from Holland, shared the stage with
The "K" Trio in a concert at the Thornton Wilder Auditorium
in the Miller Library Complex in Hamden, Connecticut. The group was conducted
by Russian-born Serge Latychev, and was a wonderful treat for the concert-goers.
They performed a variety of exciting Russian and Dutch Musical Treats!
This concert served as the stage for our "premiere" performance
of "The Fox and The Hound" by Frank Mucedola. Mary had spoken
with Frank to ask him to make an arrangement of the number for the trio
. . . he suggested we do it ourselves! We were honored that Frank made
a special trip to Connecticut to be at the premiere. The number will be
included on our "Take 2" CD! The proceeds from the Dutch Treats
Concert were donated to the Yale Center for Children with Special Health
In May, Julie was still recovering,
so we had to postpone a few of our events. We caught up eventually with
the performances, including one at Green Acres Elementary School where
Mary teaches. The Pre-School through 2nd graders really enjoyed the concert,
which included Eugene Ettore's "Pioneer Concerto" (they told
Mary later that it felt like being out on the prairie chasing Indians!),
"Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona . . . and a children's folk story
-- Momotaroson -- about a Japanese boy who has a great adventure! The
children loved helping The "K" Trio make their own music to
enhance the story!
Julie and Mary also
had the opportunity to appear as guests on Radio Station WWUH's Italian
House Party with Tony Magno. The 2 hour show went quickly, as Tony spoke
both in English and Italian, asked us about our life's experiences with
music and the accordion, and played some cuts off our "Images"
The great weather
of June is always conducive to outdoor performances, and this year was
no different! We performed again for the St. Anthony's Festival in New
Haven, and several senior residence picnics!
July kept us very
busy. We performed for both the American Accordionists Association Festival
in Washington, D.C. and the Accordionists' and Teachers Guild Festival
in Chicago. Both events were great fun . . . we got to socialize with
our old and dear friends, and even make some new friends . . . Freddy
Baldo from France, and Vitali Dimitriev from Russia (we performed in concert
with his father Alexander a few years back at an A.A.A. event in Norwalk,
Connecticut!). While in Washington, we performed for the first time under
the baton of composer/conductor Gary Daverne from New Zealand.
In Chicago, we had the pleasure of performing under the leadership of
Joan Cochran Sommers, Maestro Anthony GallaRini, and jazz artist Frank
Marocco. The experiences were wonderful . . . and LOTS of fun!
When we returned home,
we continued our jam-packed schedule of performances, leaving us very
little time to work on our recording.
On August 26th, The
"K" Trio had the privilege of "premiering" a work
written especially for us by Dr. William Schimmel . . . "Kosovo:
Land of Broken Dreams" . . . in a concert setting at the Tenri Cultural
Institute in Soho, New York City.
Schimmel has been a life-long friend of the trio's members, and in a conversation
with Bill back in March, Mary asked him when he would write something
for the trio. The following week a package arrived containing Bill's original
manuscript! We were amazed, and intrigued as we worked out the intricate
details of his unusual composition. This dramatic and expressive work
portrays the anguish and suffering of the people of Kosovo over the events
of recent years. The ad lib obligato part in the 2nd section is performed
above the sound of heart-wrenching sobs, ending with the sound of exploding
bombs, and the haunting sound of dying heartbeats. The work is magical
in exporting the listener into the hearts and minds of those in fear of
their lives! We will perform it again, with an added art form . . . Bill's
wife, Mikki Goodman, is a modern dance impressionist, and plans to choreograph
the work to perform some time in 2001. We'll keep you posted!
September was exciting
for The "K" Trio . . . we were honored to be able to perform
Mozart's Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 452 for Piano & Woodwinds with
Yale Professor Emeritus Dr. Ward Davenny, and Brian Canell (a long-time
student of Mary's, who regularly returns to perform with us). As a quartet
with Brian, we were also able to include two numbers that we LOVE to perform:
the"Presto" Movement from Vivaldi's Summer Concerto, and the
Scherzo Movement from Mendelssohn's Quartet, Opus 44, No. 2.
Again this year, we
were guests with virtuoso accordionist Mario Tacca and international vocalist
Mary Mancini, this time at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, New York
. Mandolinist Barry Mitterdorf and Carmen Carrozza rounded out the performers.
We joined Carmen in a rousing rendition of Magnante's "Accordion
Boogie"! As an ensemble, Mario, Carmen, Mary, Julie & Walter
performed Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Bach's Fugue in G minor, and the
Strauss favorite, Radetsky March! The entire cast finished the program
with a Patriotic Medley, bringing the audience to its feet!
Trio was invited to perform at the 20th Annual Connecticut Artists Show
sponsored by the Milford Fine Arts Council. The event was well attended,
and The Arts Council had "wonderful feedback from the guests attending
the show, who raved about the music." The press release stated that
. . . "Music was provided by a group unique enough for the evening,
"The "K" Trio," a North Haven accordion group . .
. Their music included a selection of styles including Broadway, boogie,
classical and waltz - but no polkas."
October took The "K"
Trio to the top of the World Trade Center! We performed after Phoebe Snow
(of "Loving You Is Easy Because You're Beautiful" fame), who
sang a special song for the wedding couple. Included in our part of the
dinner performance was "The Wedding Waltz" - a selection based
on the theme of the second movement of the Borodin's String Quartet, and
arranged for us by the groom, Murray Weinstock!
A trip to New Hampshire,
and a performance with the Rosita Lee Showstoppers in Nashua was next
on the list! We had a great visit with Deedee and Roger and company! We
stayed at their daughter Holly and her husband Marc's lovely home, and
had a simply wonderful time!
In keeping with the
Holiday spirit, The "K" Trio performed for some local charities
. . . at the Westfield Works Wonders event at the Connecticut Post Mall,
raising money for Connecticut schools . . . for the "It's the 'wheel'
thing" event to benefit the Springfield Shriners Hospital Wheelchair
Fund . . . and the Ronald McDonald House Trees of Hope event at City Hall
in New Haven!
We did only 1 performance
in December, and then took our much-needed "break". Both Julie
and Mary came home exhausted . . . and with sinus infections! Things are
getting back to normal . . . we're back in the recording studio working
on finishing "Take 2".
2001 is taking us
to Texas, Rhode Island, Australia and New Zealand (so far).
It's going to be a
HAPPY MUSIC MAKING!