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Accordion-concertina Repair and Technicians’ Schooland A World of Accordions Museum
1401 Belknap St., Superior, WI 54880
HelmiStrahl Harrington, Ph.D.
ACCORDION SPECIALTY SEMINAR:
INTERNAL ACCORDION CONSTRUCTION
and BASIC MAINTENANCE
FEBRUARY 22, 2015
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
$100.00 per person
AN UNCOMMON OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AT THE ONLY
AND SPECIALTY CENTER IN THE USA
EMPHASIZED AREAS: BASIC REPAIRS, TUNING, ORGANOLOGIC CLASSIFICATIONS
Have you ever wondered why some accordions are extraordinarily expensive, and others are not? Sometimes the brand- and model-name really matters, but not always. Some instruments escalate in value comparable to stock-market investments while others only depreciate. How do you know when you have a good one? How do you know what not to buy? What capacities must the accordion have in order to fulfill your performance goals? What can you do to maintain or enhance your accordion’s quality; what should only an expert undertake?
In this four-hour session you will learn about all seven major categories of accordion-family instruments from selected instruments in the Museum collection. You will have the opportunity to learn about basic repairs, tunings, construction refinements, efficiency, and pricing values. You will have the opportunity to experience some of the accordion types, in various construction styles and brands of manufacture. You may bring your own instrument for assessment.
CONSTRUCTION BASICS and BASIC REPAIRS
The accordions and concertinas preserved in A World of Accordions Museum show the entire history of the development of the instrument family, the construction types, innovations, tunings, performance capabilities, and content variations. Understanding of the characteristics all accordions have in common, the basic principles on which they work, the component parts of how they work comprise your first insights into repair and maintenance as we investigate chosen instruments.
Students will observe the necessary tools of the trade (bring your favorite hand-tools if you choose to disassemble your own instrument). Topics that will be covered include the following: basic cleaning and maintenance, sectional disassembly, treble and bass machine adjustments, reed waxing and aperture leathers replacement, bellows repair, gasketry, grills, and celluloid/cosmetic work.
TUNING IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Many people have unclear or mistaken ideas concerning tuning and reeds, and appropriate terminology. Students of the seminar discover many factors that are involved in reed-quality classifications and how they affect the instrument and the player. Reed banks vs reed blocks, "dry" (concert) tuning, "wet" (musette) tuning are topics that will be explained. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at tuning a reed.
HISTORICAL CLASSIFICATION and QUALITY-CATEGORIES
The class will learn the salient characteristics of the two large divisions within the accordion family of instruments: chromatic and diatonic. Chromatic accordions include piano accordions, button chromatic accordions, English concertina and Chromatic Bandonion. Diatonic accordions include button diatonics in one-row through four-row varieties, Anglo concertina, Chemnitz concertina, and Bandonion. Some of the most popular hybrid instruments will also be mentioned. The five categories of quality-definition, "world-class"- "fine"-"professional"-"intermediate"- "student," instruments will be surveyed, attending to specific criteria of construction and artistic capacities. Basic principles of music theory, directed toward understanding instrument construction, will be reviewed. Recognition of construction eras, brand names and countries of origin will be stressed. Pricing and appraising will also be discussed.
Admission to this seminar is limited. Please register by February 15, 2015 by sending us your contact information and check or money order for $100.00.
SOME SPECIALTY TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SEMINAR. Our book Inside the Accordion will be available for sale at $10.00.
The environment includes guard dogs and cats.
You may reach the director, Dr. Helmi Strahl Harrington by phone (Museum landline 715-395-2787 or cell 218-393-0245) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our second annual festival celebrating
Dr. Willard Palmer was on
May 3-4, 2014 !
Congratulations to all participants !
( read below for more )
A World of Accordions Museum is proud to announce the May 3-4, 2014, second annual festival celebrating Dr. Willard Palmer, whose musical estate is preserved in this institution. A slate of over twenty performers playing accordions, violins, piano and folk drums in solos, ensembles and orchestral settings of original works for accordion by Hans Brehme, and Hugo Herrmann, as well as Palmer editions of Bach, Beethoven and others. Palmer’s great Titano Super Emperor, will be featured accompanying vocals by lyric soprano and MM candidate Amanda Bush, along with two unpublished Palmer manuscripts.
Event highpoints will be entertainments by Willard Palmer, III, master of magic, mystery and mirth, who has delighted royalty and commoners throughout the world. This multifaceted entertainer combines music, humor and encyclopedic knowledge in ways that remain highpoints for all who heard him at last year’s festival. He and his wife Julie, generous donors of the Palmer estate, will also entertain on banjos and accordions.
A curator-guided tour of the museum will include evolving displays in The AAA’s Archival Collection room and a concert-setting lecture/demonstration of two-dozen historic instruments explaining cultural and repertory differences that spurred and inspired their inventions, tuning specialties and pitch organizations. Our research into the dissemination of Equal Temperament through accordion-family instruments will be explained.
The noted author Anthony Bukoski will read
segments from his works
related to the musical and cultural history of the Midwest.
The focus of this event involves presentation of Palmer’s magnificent 10-foot’, two-manual, six-plectra, eleven-pedal harpsichord built by A. Cecil Taylor (Houston, 1979). It’s extraordinarily beautiful encasement is ornamented in gold leaf and vermillion; the soundboard was hand painted by southwest artist Grant Tinkler. The first round of restoration was undertaken by engineer Roger Schmitz, an accomplished accordionist from our studio, with help from Kevin Friedrich, AWAM’s newest appointee to the board of directors.
The instrument was transported to the museum in the summer of 2013 and installed at stage-center in AWAM’s Hanni Strahl Concert Hall. Both the instrument and its surroundings showcase the serious musical interests of this institution, the confidence imbued in its continuance, and its importance among musical instrument collections.
Soundboard painted by Tinkler Kevin Friedrich and Roger Schmitz
Kevin purveys tables of keys and parts Julie and Willard Palmer, III
Admission is charged: $50.00 for all events, $15.00 per individual event.
A 10% reduction will be applied to museum members and for tickets purchased by April 15.
A planned schedule of events ( PDF, click to view )
Refreshments will be provided throughout both days.
Accordion Concertina Music Band and Ensemble
Performers: Wisconsinites: Ron
Askegaard (Foxboro), Audrey Meitzner (Solon Springs);
Minnesotans: John Blumenfeld (Minneapolis), Amanda Bush
(Duluth), Jack Drucker (Minneapolis), Robin Floyd (Two Harbors), Cindy Graff
(St. Louis Park), Carrie Kalweit (Minneapolis), Joy and Roger Schmitz
(Hutchinson), Shelby Setniker (Maplewood), Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta (Duluth),
Anne Velasco (Duluth); Texan: Krystal Wolfe-Harrington (Austin)
Special Thanks: Sally Blumenfeld (percussion), Amanda Bush ((UMD Master of Music candidate), Carolyn Carver (DSSO violinist, teacher, arranger), Julie and Willard Palmer, III (Houston, Texas).
Businesses providing refreshments (also advertised in the concert hall): Apple Bagels (Belknap St., Superior) Subway Sandwiches (Belknap St., Superior), Arco Coffee (Winter St., Superior), Super One Foods (Superior), Keyport Liquor (Superior), The Duluth Grill (27th Ave. W, Duluth), Valentini’s (London Road, Duluth)
Volunteers contributing foods: June Askegaard, Robin Floyd, Krystal and Charles Harrington, Audrey Meitzner, Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta
Volunteers helping to make this event possible: Mary Carlson, Robin Floyd, Audrey Meitzner, Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta, Anne Velasco
Kevin Friedrich joins A World of Accordions Museum Board of Directors
A World of Accordions Museum is proud to announce the appointment of Kevin Friedrich to its board of directors during his visit in January, 2014. Kevin’s breadth of expertise extends to many fields which we expect will greatly benefit this institution. As past-president of the Confèdèration Internationale des Accordèonistes he is respected in accordion circles worldwide, also serves on the board of the American Accordionists’ Association with which the museum is affiliated, and is a performing artist of renown. As founder/curator of the New Zealand accordion museum, he is intimately familiar with operations and requirements of this type of organization. His regard for our museum and friendship with its curator (Helmi Harrington) has been solid for decades. The board unanimously welcomes his involvement in our future.
In the photo below, Kevin is shown in a
portion of the American Accordionists’ Association Archival
room for which he made suggestions to enhance the displays illuminating social,
cultural, and musical contributions of their 75-year history.
The Willard Palmer (DH, DMA, Ph.D.) Legacy Display
opened at A World of Accordions Museum
with Concerts & Speakers !
Thank You to all participants !
"Bill" Palmer Legacy
Dr. Willard "Bill" Palmer Legacy Celebration Report
Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2013
Among the names of great influences in American culture of the mid-20th century that of Willard Palmer stands as leader among accordionists. In a landmark event of unprecedented success, Willard Palmer’s achievements were celebrated at Harrington ARTS Center and A World of Accordions Museum during three-and-a-half days of musical and scholarly events.
The opening was heralded by a ribbon-cutting event attended by invited political dignitaries and community leaders. Representing Mayor Hagen (Superior, WI) was Commissioner Mick MacKenzie, who read the mayoral proclamation from a plaque designating January 31, 2013 as Willard Palmer Day. Representing the Superior Chamber of Commerce, two dozen Ambassadors presented another plaque in honor of the events. Speeches summarized the importance of Palmer as scholar, educator, arranger, editor and performer, followed by two musical examples from Palmer publications, and concluded by a social hour of food and drinks.
During the next three days, hundreds of attendees honored the lifeworks of Bill Palmer (DH, DMA, Ph.D.). A continual slate of morning-to-night performances, included lunch and supper foods generously donated by local businesses. Although two headliner artists were last-minute omissions, Willard Palmer III, in attendance from his home in Houston, Texas, and a consummate professional entertainer of multiple talents kept excitement at a high. In one concert, about 30 musicians demonstrated pieces from Palmer’s method books. In another concert, pianist Samuel Black performed from Palmer-edited Alfred Masterwork series. The stage was filled by several famed bands and two orchestral arrangements by Harrington. Direct from Paris, Prof. Dr. Bernard Metais offered two PowerPoint programs, one on the evolution of French Musette, the other exploring psychological and brain interactions between composer and listener. Award-winning author Anthony Bukoski offered readings from his books, one on his first acquaintanceship with the accordion museum, the other on tango stories. The final performance was by Helmi Harrington playing on Palmer’s last Titano, a unique Super Emperor, explaining its extraordinary features, and exploring its miraculous construction through disassembly. The final event was a champagne toast in honor of Palmer. We plan to make Willard Palmer Celebrations an annual event.
Palmer’s multiple gifts affect generations in world culture from the 1940s into the future. Translated into 17 languages for use by music teachers worldwide, Palmer-Hughes piano, organ, guitar, and accordion method books (numbering 790) tutor aspirants at all levels. His 145 Masterwork editions for Alfred Music are considered definitive for Baroque, Classic and Romantic epochs’ performance practice. Inestimable millions owe a debt of gratitude to this genius whose extant works are now perpetually preserved in our institution. We believe it is no exaggeration to say the status of A World of Accordions Museum is raised, as is prestige for the Midwest region, through this donation from Texas family holdings.
Palmer Legacy Celebration Report ( PDF format )
Keyport Liquors—Cathy and Dave Casper
Harrington ARTS Center and A World of Accordions Museum
Super One Foods / Walmart foods / Target
Willard Palmer, III, Donates His Father’s Harpsichord
to A World of Accordions Museum
( click photo to enlarge )
Harrington ARTS Center and A World of Accordions Museum is honored to announce the impending arrival of the harpsichord specially built for Dr. Willard Palmer, whose donated lifeworks were celebrated Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2013 at the institution. The two-manual, eleven-pedal, ten-foot harpsichord was built in 1976 by A. Cecil Taylor of Houston, TX. It is elaborately decorated with red and gold casework and French baroque soundboard figures.
Mr. Willard Palmer, III, son of Dr. Willard Palmer, notified the institution of his intention to transport the instrument to Superior, WI, in May-June. Festive concerts will be scheduled after installation.
This magnificent instrument will grace the Hanni Strahl Concert Hall, adding a significant resource to artist-performers of our concert events. Its very presence will also showcase the serious musical interests of this institution, the confidence imbued in its continuance, and its importance in musical instrument collections.
Videotapes Program at A World of
July 27, the British Broadcasting Corporation’s nine-person crew videotaped a
segment of their series “All Over the Place USA” at Harrington
ARTS Center’s A World of Accordions
Over the Place
The museum had put pieces from its Scottish exhibit on a welcoming table covered with refreshments. Several items were discussed that will help in further development of the museum’s Scottish display.
Meixner Band Concert Review
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A Beautiful Setting for Weddings & Special Events ! (PDF)
Lecture Hall Rental !
article on Voice Of America website ! (click
Washington Becomes International Accordion Capital for One Week
the VOA Report ! (
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Events 30-second Movie Promo from 2006 ! (
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( A recent events promo - but still lots of fun to watch ! ;-)
Popular new books & materials are on sale now !
a larger listing of many Harrington Products (click
here - PDF)
includes... Scholarly Studies, Performance CDs, Repertory & Method Books,
Diatonic Methods, Accordion-concertina Technicians' School Curriculum Materials,
ARTS Products, and Seminar & Workshop Notes !
Music Books Indices (click here - PDF)
You may also Click on the images below for more info (PDF) on these special book offerings !
Chemnitz instruction books are a new series with many songs and range from beginner level upwards !
Past Events !
World of Accordions Newsletters...
( PDF format)
Our periodic online publication ;-) !
Tony Lovello Concert Review !
(performed June 22nd 2008)
August 2007 September 2007 CIA Award 2007 ! "Chance" concert review !
January 2006 May 2006 November 2006
February 2005 April 2005 June 2005 September 2005
Articles About Us !
A World Of Accordions Museum wins GEMmy Award ! (click here PDF)
BECOME A DONOR & MEMBER ! (click here) Discounts usually for A World of Accordions Museum members !
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Phone: (715) 395-ARTS (2787)
1401 Belknap, Superior, WI, 54880
(Former church at intersection of Belknap & Hammond)
www.Accordionworld.org is operated by...
Helmi Strahl Harrington, PhD (click for bio in PDF format).
Helmi is a Grandma ;-)!
Cheryl Renae Harrington-Wrencher !
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