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wao posterRehearsal Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 9, Fenice Theater, 17:30 to 19:00
Sunday, Sept. 10, Fenice Theater, 11:00 to 13:00
Sunday, Sept. 10, Fenice Theater, 17:00 to 19:30
Following the very successful inaugural Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes World Accordion Orchestra debut performance at the Coupe Mondiale 2007 under the Musical Direction of Joan C. Sommers, the CIA has continued this tradition of uniting accordionists with the magic of music, as performers from around the globe join together to form a unique and magnificent International 'World Accordion Orchestra.'
We are delighted to announce that the World Accordion Orchestra IX will be held in Osimo, Italy as part of our 70th Coupe Mondiale Festival.
Note: Registration Form is found at the bottom of this page.

This year World Accordion Orchestra IX will perform three works. The selections take us from the early Italian accordion pioneers who immigrated to the USA and were renowned on the Vaudeville stage throughout the USA, to the latest music from today's Los Angeles based Film composers.
The first work is a fitting tribute to the Italian pioneers of the accordion that kick-started the accordion movement in the United States. Both Frosini and Deiro were Italian immigrants, while Galla-Rini was a first generation son of Italian immigrants. All were considered important pioneers in the American accordion movement. The other two pieces are some of today's most recognized music from Hollywood's Academy Awarding Films.
“Omaggio a Pietro Overture”was originally a solo written by Pietro Frosini (1885-1951) in 1918 in honor of the very popular march, a solo titled “Pietro’s Return” composed in 1914 by Pietro Deiro (1888-1954).  Both men had very successful careers in American vaudeville, but Frosini was always a composer at heart.  His legendary career as a composer spanned a wide variety of musical expressions including rhapsodies, overtures, waltzes, tangos, paso dobles, ragtimes and musical novelties.  Pietro Deiro eventually devoted all his time exclusively to his own school in NYC as well as composing, concert work, recordings and radio and television appearances. 
omaggioThe arrangement of “Omaggio a Pietro Overture” for accordion orchestra was made by Anthony Galla-Rini (1904-2006), who was also a star in vaudeville. Throughout his life he arranged literally hundreds of arrangements for the instrument.  These included solos, various combinations of accordions, as well as a great number of outstanding accordion orchestra arrangements, many of which became competition standards. Galla-Rini also composed two concerti for accordion and symphony orchestra, the first of which has been performed innumerable times in many countries.  During his long life he earned much respect throughout the accordion field for his many educational workshops presented throughout the USA.
Perhaps no music from a Hollywood movie has captured the imagination of viewers throughout today’s world as much as that from “La La Land” composed by Justin Hurwitz.  Accordionist Liz Finch lives and works as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist in the music business in Los Angeles, CA, USA, where she has met and worked with many of the best known composers and performers in the movies, recording industry and television.  She has arranged a medley of several tunes from the award-winning movie, winner of 6 Academy Awards, which documents some of the trials and tribulations faced by those who wish to become stars.  Her “Medley from La La Land” includes Another Day of Sun, Audition (The Fools Who Dream), A Lovely Night, City of Stars, Mia & Sebastian’s Theme, and Someone In The Crowd.
The movie “Beauty and The Beast” has won several awards, both for the original presentation as well as for the recent one. Released in 2017 by Disney, it is an American live-action fantasy musical film and a remake of the 1991 animated film, which won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.   The composer, Alan Menken, and the lyricist, Howard Ashman, have earned plaudits for many of their compositions; this film won an Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for its title song.  The 1991 version became the first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical.  Included in the “Medley from Beauty and The Beast” which Joan Cochran Sommers has arranged for the WAO are three of the movie’s most popular tunes:  “Belle,” “Beauty and The Beast,” and “Be Our Guest.”  Both the original 1991 film and the 2017 remake have been huge box office successes.
joan sommersJoan C. Sommers, founder of the CIA World Accordion Orchestra was awarded the title of Professor Emerita upon her retirement from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music (USA), where she established and taught the accordion degree program for forty years. She has arranged innumerable works for the accordion orchestra over many years, often for the UMKC Accordion Orchestra, a large symphonic accordion orchestra, which, under her direction, competed in and won more First Prizes in Virtuoso Accordion Orchestra Competitions than any other similar American group. This is a record still unbroken today.
In both 1955 and 1956 she earned the right to represent the USA in the Coupe Mondiale and, although she didn’t win, it was those experiences which opened her eyes to the tremendous opportunities available to accordionists; perhaps it also fixed her life-long interest in worldwide accordion activities. Most recently, she celebrated the 50th Anniversary of her UMKC Accordion Orchestra when they presented their 50th Gala Concert at the University.
As the arranger, Joan has had many years of experience as a teacher, a conductor, and an arranger for accordion orchestras at all levels. Many of these arrangements were used by her own orchestras in competitions held throughout the USA and on the many tours made by her groups overseas as well.
Joan C. Sommers has held positions in several music organizations, including the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) and the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA – IMC-UNESCO). Today, Professor Sommers enjoys performing with fellow accordionists in duo, with other instrumentalists and with the UMKC Chamber Accordion Ensemble. In addition to her performing, she continues to adjudicate, coach soloists, prepare accordion orchestra arrangements, and conduct accordion orchestras regularly. After her retirement as CIA Vice President, she was unanimously awarded the status of CIA Honorary Member.

The World Accordion Orchestras to date include:

World Accordion Orchestra I - Alexandria, VA (Washington, DC) - USA
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Conductor: Joan Cochran Sommers
- Hands Across the Sea March by John Philip Sousa
- Lest We Forget by Leonard Stack (World Premiere)
- Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, arr. by Joan Cochran Sommers

World Accordion Orchestra II - Glasgow, Scotland
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers, Graham Laurie, Elaine Beecham, Ronnie Brown & Brian Laurie
- A Scottish March Selection - Traditional, arranged by Graham Laurie
conducted by Graham Laurie
- Film Noir: City at Night by Leonard (Lenny) Stack (World Premiere)
conducted by Joan C. Sommers (USA)
- Springtime Symphony by Graham Romani
Dedicated to the B.C.A. Orchestra in memory of Matyas Seiber (1905-60)
I Movement: conducted by Elaine Beecham
II Movement: conducted by Ronnie Brown
III Movement: conducted by Brian Laurie
IV Movement: conducted by Elaine Beecham

World Accordion Orchestra III - North Shore City (Auckland), New Zealand
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers & Gary Daverne

- Pocket Overture by Gary Daverne
- Auckland March by Gary Daverne (World Premiere Performance)

commissioned by the NZAA to commemorate the 2009 Coupe Mondiale World Championships & Festival
conducted by Gary Daverne
- Suite from “Video Games Live” arr. by Joan C. Sommers
- Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss, Sr. arr. by Willi Münch

conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers

World Accordion Orchestra IV - Varaždin, Croatia
Saturday, 23 October 2010

Conductor: Joan Cochran Sommers & Slavko Magdić
- Iconosphere by John Franceschina (World Premiere Performance)
1. Prologue, 2. Parados, 3. Parabasis, 4. Agon, 5. Syzygy, 6. Cordax
Conductor: Joan Cochran Sommers
- Werziade I by Fritz Dobler
- Wither, Wither Violet by Josip Matanoviæ and Saša Bastalec
arrangement based on a Croatian Folk Song
Conductor: Slavko Magdić

World Accordion Orchestra V - Shanghai, China
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers & Chen Weiliang
- Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, arranged by Li Rui and Chen Weiliang
- Jasmine - Trad. Chinese Folk Song, arranged by Li Rui and Chen Weiliang
with Children's Choir: China Welfare Institute Children's Palace & Little Companion Art Troupe Chorus
Conducted by Chen Wiliang
- Gershwin! (A Medley) - George Gershwin, arranged by Joan Cochran Sommers
Conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers

World Accordion Orchestra VI - Spoleto, Italy
Friday, 24 August 2012
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers & Torsten Petzold
- Paragon March by Anthony Galla-Rini
Conducted by Torsten Petzold
- Selections from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial) by John Williams, arr. by Joan Cochran Sommers
Conducted by Joan C. Sommers

World Accordion Orchestra VII - Victoria BC, Canada
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers & Maureen Jarosh

- Danse Villageoise by Claude Champagne
Conducted by Maureen Jarosh
- Selections from Les Miserables by
Schönberg & Kretzmer, arr. by Joan Cochran Sommers
featuring Lionel Reekie, Tenor (New Zealand)
Conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers

World Accordion Orchestra VIII - Salzburg, Austria
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Conductors: Joan Cochran Sommers, Jacob Noordzij and Werner Weibert

- The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers, arr. by Werner Weibert
Conducted by Jacob Noordzij
- A Tribute to Bernstein by Leonard Bernstein, arr. by Werner Weibert

Conducted by Werner Weibert

- Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, arr. by Joan Cochran Sommers
Conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers
with Choir prepared and directed by
Sylvia Zobek and Helmut Zeilner

World Accordion Orchestra IX Schedule

  • Rehearsal Schedule:
    Saturday, Sept. 9, Fenice Theater, 17:30 to 19:00
    Sunday, Sept. 10, Fenice Theater, 11:00 to 13:00
  • Concert:
    Sunday, Sept. 10, Fenice Theater, 17:00 to 19:30

Musical Director and founder of the World Accordion Orchestra Joan Cochran Sommers joins Team Italy in welcoming you to this exciting International accordion event and encourages your participation in this historic Ninth edition of the 'World Accordion Orchestra.'

Please complete the following steps using either your 'mouse' or 'tab' key to move between sections:
  • (1) Name and Contact Information (this must include e-mail address for parts to be e-mailed to)
  • (2) Approximate Playing Level, Accordion and additional information
  • (3) Submit your World Accordion Orchestra IX Registration

Please note: Each part in the orchestra is of great importance. Music will be assigned by the organizers to ensure a balance of parts. The music will be sent to you via e-mail in .pdf format.

Deadline for Orchestra registration is August 10, 2017.

1. Name and Contact Information - Please complete the following information
Family Name
First Name
Confirm E-mail Address
2. Playing and Accordion Information
I would prefer parts to be assigned with level
I will play an accordion with treble notes   and
I will be playing another type of accordion
Questions or additional information. Do you play with an existing orchestra/group that will be attending the Coupe Mondiale Festival? If so, please list which one here.

Please Note: You will need to arrange to bring your own instrument, or arrange to borrow an instrument yourself.
3. Please Submit Your WAO IX Registration
Please submit your information by clicking the "SUBMIT WAO IX INFO" button below.


We look forward to welcoming you to Osimo, Italy for the 70th Coupe Mondiale and World Accordion Orchestra IX.

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