COUPE MONDIALE SQUEEZES
- THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY COUPE
MONDIALE 2007 INTERNATIONAL ACCORDION COMPETITIONS AND FESTIVAL,
August 13-18, 2007
- Musical Guests/Performers from the
Four Corners of the World All Styles & Genres Available
for Radio & Television Spots and Interviews
- Be There August 13 - 18 for the Most
Fun News Opportunity of the Summer
- Prestigious International Competition
returns to the US after 26 Years
- 2007 Event Celebrates 60th Anniversary
of the Coupe Mondiale
- Massed Accordion Band Performance at
the Grant Memorial opposite the US Capitol, August 17
- Special Concert Performances All Week
at the Kennedy Center
DC will become the accordion capitol of the world as accordionists
and accordion aficionados from all over the globe converge on the nations
capitol to attend the 2007 Coupe Mondiale the world cup
of accordion championships from August 13 through 18 at the Holiday
Inn in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Coupe Mondiale, recognized as the most prestigious annual accordion
competition of international scope, takes place in a different country
every year, under the auspices of the Confederation International des
Accordionistes, which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary
since the first such event, in 1938 in Paris. The Confederation is affiliated
with the International Music Council and UNESCO. The Coupe is back in
the United States after more than 25 years since it was last held in
this country in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981, and more than 30 years
since it took place in Washington, DC in 1976.
"The Coupe Mondiale attracts accordionists and accordion music
lovers from all over the world and across the US because the instrument
is particularly significant to so many cultures and music styles,"
says 2007 Coupe Mondiale Organizer and Confederation Vice President
Faithe Deffner. We are pleased to have this awesome array of accordion
talent return to the US and to again host the Coupe Mondiale after so
many years. We are delighted to be headquartered for the
week in nearby Alexandria, a city of great charm, beauty and historic
Highlights of the Coupe Mondiale whirlwind week include:
- Six evenings of accordion entertainment
and concerts at the Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage and at
the Holiday Inn Ballroom
- The premier performance of the World
- Massed band accordion performance in
front of the US Capitol
- Instrument exhibits plus an historic
display of accordions from Dr. Helmi Harringtons World of Accordions
Museum in Superior, Wisconsin
- The Coupe Mondiale banquet gala celebrating
60 years of international accordion achievement
- Plus a series of social receptions
with endless entertainment, and late-evening performances in a lounge
setting with open mike for participating accordionists.
A 2007 Coupe Mondiale spectacular is the
lunchtime Massed Band performance at the Grant Memorial on First Street,
12:00 Noon Friday, August 17. Scores of international accordion players
will join in performing John Philip Sousas Stars & Stripes
Forever in full view of the US Capitol Building - a wondrous auditory
and visual spectacle!
In addition, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC will feature accordionists
in six evening concerts at the Millennium Stage from 6:00 PM - 7:00
PM each day. All the concerts will be broadcast live simultaneously
on the Internet at www.kennedy-center.com/millennium. They can be viewed
subsequently in the Millennium Stage Performance Archives.
Coupe Mondiale excitement is skyrocketing due to the attendance of several
renowned national and international accordion orchestras from California,
Missouri, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Texas, as well as Canada, China,
Denmark, Germany and New Zealand. A number of these accordion orchestras
will perform at Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage during the week
of August 13.
Joint sponsors of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale are the Accordionists and
Teachers Guild (ATG) and the American Accordionists Association
(AAA) founded in 1939 and 1938 respectively, whose combined funding
of approximately $75,000 will make this event a reality. Both are US
member organizations of the Confederation.
Nearly $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the
six international categories, which include:
60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale
International Competition for Piano Accordion
Junior Coupe Mondiale
International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
International Competition for Ensemble Music
In addition to cash prizes, each first
place winner will be featured in a gala finale concert at the Millennium
Stage of the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening, August 18.
for soloists and groups of all levels of accomplishment, playing all
styles of music, will also take place under AAA/ATG sponsorship. $10,000
in cash prizes, donated by Sylvia Prior, an accordion teacher from the
Los Angeles area, will be awarded to the winners of The Maddalena Belfiore
Entertainment Competition for Female Accordionists. (Ms. Belfiore, recently
deceased, was a noted accordionist, educator and composer, long associated
with the American Accordionists Association and recently appointed
as an honorary member of the CIA.)
Central is the Holiday Inn at 625 First Ave. in Alexandria, VA
where most of the activities take place. More information about the
Coupe Mondiale and the AAA/ATG competitions and festival can be found
on the website www.accordions.com/coupeusa
CONTACT for the Public for Coupe Mondiale
Information: Linda Reed (203) 556-0002.
2007 COUPE MONDIALE
AT A GLANCE
- Participants from all over the Globe
- A THUNDERING AUDITORY EXPERIENCE!
- A SPECTACULAR VISUAL PANORAMA!
- There are 79 candidates competing in
the CIA World Championship categories
- Attendees including contestants, judges
and delegates hail from Austria, Bosnia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark,
Finland, France, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, New
Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, USA, Serbia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the USA.
- There will be about 40 hours of grueling
competition in six different international categories.
- Concerts every night from Tuesday,
August 14 to Saturday, August 18, 2007. Admission $10 per person daily
and $20 on Saturday.
- Accordionist Manny Bobenreith and the
US Army Strings will be playing at the Luncheon Concert on Thursday
- 166 piece World Accordion Orchestra
comprising musicians from all over the world, will premiere new music
There is literally accordion action and
competitions going on all the time!
Major event suggestions for Press coverage follow:
(all events at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria, Virginia unless specified
Tuesday, August 14 - 8:00 10:00 PM
Opening Concert, Commonwealth Ballroom
Wednesday, August 15 - 7:30 10:30 PM
Coupe Mondiale - Sr. Virtuoso Entertainment Competition Round 1, Commonwealth
Thursday, August 16 - 12:15 2:00 PM
Luncheon Concert, Ballroom C
Thursday, August 16 - 7:30 10:30 PM
Coupe Mondiale - Sr. Virtuoso Entertainment Competition Round 2, Commonwealth
Friday, August 17 - 11:00 AM
"MASSED BAND PERFORMANCE" at the Grant Memorial/1st Street
in front of the US Capitol Building. The sight and sound of over 100
international accordion players performing John Philip Sousas
Stars & Stripes Forever in one place at one time is
guaranteed to lift your spirits!
Friday, August 17 - 9:00 11:00 PM
60th Annual Coupe Mondiale Banquet Concert, Commonwealth Ballroom
Saturday, August 18 - 9:00 11:00 PM
166 piece World Accordion Orchestra in Concert, including a World Premiere
Awards Ceremony Concert, Ballroom
PLUS The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC will feature
accordionists in six evening concerts at the Millennium Stage from 6:00
PM - 7:00 PM each day.
Be there for a Terrific Summer Fun News Opportunity.
For full details on the 2007 Coupe Mondiale and the AAA/ATG competitions
and festival, please visit www.accordions.com/coupeusa
Alexandria VA (Washington, DC)
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the
CIA Coupe Mondiale
Report from Faithe Deffner, 2007 Coupe Mondiale Coordinator
Plans for the
60th Anniversary CIA Coupe Mondiale scheduled from August 13 to 18 are
progressing rapidly, with an unexpected surge in attendance resulting
from the participation of a number of accordion orchestras, both national
and international. Reservations have been made by orchestras from California,
Canada, Connecticut, Denmark, Germany, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania,
New Zealand, and Texas. There is also interest from a group in China.
The headquarters hotel is the Holiday
Inn in Alexandria, where almost all activities will take place. The
Holiday is now fully booked and we have made arrangements for additional
accommodations at the Radisson Hotel, 2-1/2 blocks away. There will
be shuttle service connecting both hotels. The Radisson will provide
the same $99 room rate and the same amenities as the sold-out Holiday.
A few hundred rooms have already been booked at the Radisson, making
early reservations important. A reservation form for the delegates will
be online very soon.
The site for the 2007 Coupe is the
charming and historic city of Alexandria, about seven miles from Washington,
with nearby Metrorail transportation. Both hotels are ideally located
near the Potomac River and King Street's entertainment district, close
to restaurants and shopping. The hotels offer free shuttle service to
and from Reagan Airport so it is advisable to use this as the arrival
The 2007 Coupe Mondiale is jointly
sponsored by both US member organizations of CIA - the AAA and the ATG.
Together, these organizations have pledged a total of about US $54,000
(equivalent of 43,000 euros) to fund the Coupe. Unlike many other countries,
the United States does not provide any government funds for such events,
so AAA and ATG have the formidable task of raising this large amount
of money through personal efforts.
The prizes for the six categories
are as follows:
|60th Anniversary Coupe
Mondiale (1st Prize in honor of Anthony Galla-Rini)
for Piano Accordion
|Junior Coupe Mondiale
for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
for Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music
for Ensemble Music
In addition to the above cash prizes, each first-place winner will
be featured in a concert performance at Kennedy Center's Millennium
Stage in Washington on Saturday, August 18, with simultaneous broadcast.
The winners will also receive trophies and participation recognition.
In addition, Kennedy Center has agreed to feature accordionists and
accordion groups at its nightly concerts on the Millennium Stage during
the whole week of the Coupe Mondiale activities. There will also be
accordion performances by members of our group in outdoor venues and
concert locations in Alexandria.
Highlights of the Coupe Mondiale are nightly concerts, the premiere
performance of the World Accordion Orchestra under the direction of
Joan Cochran Sommers, a massed band of accordionists conducted by
an accordion-playing army colonel will perform in front of the US
Capitol, a sightseeing tour of beautiful Washington, DC, the 60th
Anniversary Coupe Mondiale Banquet Gala will take place Friday night,
the US Army and the US Air Force Bands -- each featuring an accordionist
-- will perform in concerts, a series of social receptions with entertainment,
and late-evening performances in a lounge setting with open mic for
Alongside of the Coupe Mondiale activities, there will be competitions
sponsored by the AAA/ATG for US students and members of the international
orchestras. Sylvia Prior whom many of you met at the Norway Coupe
last year has contributed a substantial prize of $5,000 for first
place for a competition honoring long-time CIA delegate Maddalena
Belfiore - the Maddalena Belfiore International Competition for Female
This independent competition takes place during the CIA event and
is open to female accordionists from all over the world.
The events will be outlined in detail on the websites of the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild and the American Accordionists' Association. The
CIA activities and registration forms will be on the Coupe Mondiale
site in the near future.
If there are questions, or need for special arrangements, please contact
Faithe Deffner, Coordinator of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale.
P.O. Box 608
Mineola, NY 11501 USA
Phone: 001 516 746 3100
Fax: 001 516 746 7085