I didn’t make it out for the Week o Accordion at the Kennedy Center, but a friend of mine went one evening. The subject line of this post covers the exchange we had about it. She suggested examining the feed footage on their website, which I am doing now. I think I concur with her review, though it’s about 60% painful for me.
Not they they’re not technically accomplished, and it’s impressive some of the pieces the orchestras full of accordions are capable of doing renditions of. However it brings to mind for me a quote that I was told was an old Russian proverb: “It’s not impressive how well the bear dances, but that it dances at all.” For my money the best bit I’ve heard so far is what sounds like a German beer hall tune (at the 48 minute mark), not the Bach or modern pieces. I’m a victim of my own prejudice here, I am sure. Go listen and decide for yourself.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs