San Francisco Accordion Club March 2009 Meeting

San Francisco Accordion Club March 2009 Meeting

Aldo Argenti and Ron Harris

Emcee Aldo Argenti

Accordion Magic 5

Lou Casalnuovo and John Fiore

New members Mr. & Mrs. Allan Schwarz, and Gabi Yuen

Harriet Newhart and Peter Di Bono I


March Musical Meeting: One of our Best Ever

"Warm-up" music was provided very tastefully by Ron Harris and Aldo Argenti, both of whom are excellent players and are members of the San Francisco Accordion Chamber Ensemble. Aldo was also the MC for the musical part of the afternoon.

The musical program started off with the ever-popular Accordion Magic 5 from Sacramento: Dave Chelini, Jim Shoemaker, Taffy Steffen, Vince Cukar and Roger Cromwell. They played some really lovely music, including a Gershwin medley arranged by Carl Fortina, a Joe Morelli arrangement of You Are My Sunshine, and a Joe Morelli arrangement of Mademoiselle de Paris. On a sad note, Joe Morelli passed away just days before. Joe Morelli would agree that The Magic 5's playing of his arrangements was a credit to him and also to them. They also played an Ellington medley, another Carl Fortina Arrangement. After some great solos by each of the individuals, the group concluded with a terrific arrangement by Joe Smiell of the beautiful Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Minor.

Following intermission with Tuti's wonderful food, and the door prizes and cash drawings, the second half of the program consisted of Peter Di Bono on accordion, Harriet Newhart on violin and Steve Hanson on string bass. They played every type of music you can think of, from classical to American musicals to Italian, French, and folk music to standards and everything in between. Too many tunes to name here-but what a performance! They brought the house down. They also played Moonlight in Vermont as a special tribute to Jim Holliday, who was absolutely beaming.

Today's program was outstanding in every way, and if you missed it, well, you missed one of our all-time best!


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