The 2018 edition of the American Accordionists’ Association’s Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner was held recently held at the Famee Furlane of NA in College Point, NY.
The guests were treated to wide range of accordion music and styles. Jazz music during the cocktail hour was provided by the duo of accordionist Don Gerundo and woodwind specialist Spencer Bruno. This was followed by festive dance music by accordionist Mario Tacca and percussionist Phil Battiston. Mary Mancini’s cameo set contained outstanding renditions of Ciribiribin and Non Ti Scordar Di Me. Her stirring rendition of America the Beautiful brought the room to its feet. Accordionist Nathan Chapeton performed Frank Angelis’ Asia Flashes.
Four time Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) champion Petar Maric was the featured guest artist for the afternoon. His outstanding performance had the audience mesmerized throughout. His selections included the Titanic Theme, Asturias, Impasse Finalen, Saint Sava, Tico Tico and a medley of classics. He received several well-earned standing ovations.