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May 31, 2009 1:30PM

UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble


The Accordion Ensemble is a continuation of the many accordion concerts conducted by UMKC Professor Emerita Joan Cochran Sommers over the past 48 years at the university. It was formed upon the retirement of Professor Sommers from full-time university teaching and administrative service. Membership has varied but this year’s event will have 13 accordionists, a timpanist and 2 percussionists, all of whom have had extensive musical training.

This year’s concert will again offer a repertoire of outstanding arrangements as well as newer music originally composed for accordion orchestra.

Featured will be UMKC graduate Kevin Friedrich who serves as President of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes, the world accordion association which sponsors the yearly Coupe Mondiale for accordionists. Kevin will perform as soloist in Gem of the Kaipara written by the New Zealand composer and conductor, Gary Daverne.

Start time

May 31, 2009 1:30PM


White Recital Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City Campus
4949 Cherry Street.
United States


Further information may be obtained from Joan Sommers or ph: +1 913 722 5625.