The Accordion Pops Orchestra

Performing in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
and New York

Previous Concerts

2017



Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753


This was our fifth concert at lovely Seabrook Village, a premier retirement home in Northern New Jersey. The program was the same as at Shannondell, and was free to residents and open to the public for only a $5 admission fee. We heard some great comments from the audience after the concert, including "This was the best concert I've been to here," and "I don't want to wait a whole year for you to come back!"

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Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm


Shannondell at Valley Forge - Auditorium
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audobon, PA 19403


This was our eighth concert at beautiful Shannondell, a retirement home near historic Valley Forge.  The concert featured a wide range of music from movie themes to tangos.  Soloists included flute virtuoso Andrea Maurer and 14-year-old accordionist Cody McSherry playing Dance of the Comedians.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Pops & Pasta
American Accordionists' Association Festival
Westin Forrestal Village
201 Village Boulevard
Princeton, NJ 08540


The orchestra performed at the annual American Accordionists' Association festival, providing music during a Thursday evening pasta dinner.  Download the flyer and save it as a way to remember this wonderful concert.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Donation $10.00 (at the door)

Music for a Sunday Afternoon
East Brunswick Community Arts Center
721 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Our spring concert featured a wide variety of music including Broadway hits, movie themes, classical pieces, and even a Beatles medley!  The wide variety extended to our guest artists as well, including flute virtuoso Andrea Maurer, vocalist Sasha Leon, and young accordionist Cody McSherry. Unfortunately our tenor, Emmanuel Cruz, was unable to participate, but we look forward to his future contributions.  

Download the flyer and save it as a way to remember this wonderful concert. All proceeds were for the benefit of the ALS Hope Foundation (www.alshf.org).
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2016




Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm


Conlon Hall Auditorium
19 North William Street
Begenfield, NJ 07621

The orchestra presented a holiday concert featuring vocalist Sasha Leon and flutist Andrea Maurer for the benefit of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Bergenfield, NJ.  This was our third concert at St. John's and it is always a pleasure to return to a venue where everyone is made to feel so welcome.  With over 250 tickets sold at $10 each, we were very pleased to have been able to make a significant contribution.
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Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm


Accordion Pops Orchestra presents An Afternoon of Music
Veterans Hospital
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939


The orchestra was honored to perform for our country's veterans at this large and impressive facility.  Our concert was announced in this flyer.
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Sunday September 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge - Auditorium
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403


This was our seventh concert at beautiful Shannondell, a retirement home near historic Valley Forge.  The concert, which was open to the public, was announced in this flyer.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Accordion Pops Orchestra presents Sounds of America
Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753


This was our fourth concert at lovely Seabrook Village, a premier retirement home in Northern New Jersey.  Our previous concerts were in 2013, 2014, and 2015, so it's fair to say that this has become an annual event!  See our flyer for more information on the guest artists.
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2015



Sunday November 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm


Accordion Pops Holiday Special!
Conlon Hall Auditorium
19 North William Street
Bergenfield, NJ 07621


The orchestra was invited back to Saint John the Evangelist Church for our second November concert there. Guest artists in this year's holiday presentation included Andrea Maurer, virtuoso flutist, and Sasha Leon, classical vocalist. 
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Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11, 2015

AAA Festival
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
625 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


The orchestra, joined by guest accordionists, presented concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights at the annual festival of the American Accordionists' Association.    

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Sunday June 7 2015 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge - Auditorium
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audobon, PA 19403

This was our sixth concert at beautiful Shannondell.  We were pleased by a great turnout from Shannondell residents and others (the concert was open to the public) - 181 persons in attendance! The orchestra's program consisted of movie, TV, and Broadway themes, including favorites such as  Hello, Dolly!; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Titanic; Pirates of the Caribbean; Gone With the Wind; Chariots of Fire; Mame; Exodus; Ballad of Davy Crockett; Superman; and many more.  Guest artist Sasha Leon performed Don't Cry for Me Argentina from "Evita" and I Feel Pretty from "West Side Story."

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    Sasha Leon


              Cody McSherry

Sunday May 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm


Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753


Following successful concerts in 2013 and 2014, we were invited back for our third concert at Seabrook Village, a premier retirement community in Northern New Jersey.  Vocals were provided by guest artist Sasha Leon and the orchestra's youngest member, Cody McSherry, entertained the guests before the show began.

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2014




Sunday November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Saint John the Evangelist Church
29 North Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621


Donation $10.00

The orchestra was delighted to present our concert to a very enthusiastic audience of 300 persons.  All proceeds went to benefit families in the Philippines affected by the recent devastating typhoon.


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Sunday November 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Dinner at 1:30 pm)

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Route 173 West
Hampton, NJ 08827

The Accordion Pops Orchestra presented a tribute to the great classical accordionist Carmen Carrozza, who passed away on June 17, 2013.  We were delighted to welcome back Lenny Feldmann, former assistant conductor of the orchestra, as the master of ceremonies.  Norway's accordion virtuoso Håvard Svensrud, who performed with the orchestra at Kean University in October 2013, returned as a featured soloist, along with our own Andrea Maurer on flute.  Dinner entertainment was provided by Lou Coppola and the Stereo Strings.

All proceeds were for the benefit of the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Fund.
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Sunday September 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge - Auditorium
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403

The Accordion Pops Orchestra was invited back to lovely Shannondell for another concert.  Guest soloists included Andrea Maurer on flute and young accordionist Cody McSherry.

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Sunday June 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

We were invited back to give another concert at Seabrook Village, a premier retirement community in Northern New Jersey, where we first performed in 2013. 
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2013



                   
Mary Tokarski

Sunday December 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Holy Trinity Church
100 Main Street
Helmetta, NJ 08828


The orchestra presented a Christmas concert featuring guest soloist and accordion champion Mary Tokarski playing several selections from her new CD, "Mary Merry Christmas"; flute soloist Laura Addeo performing "O Holy Night"; and the "Andrews Sisters" (Samantha Castro, Jenel Garcia, and Germaine Garcia) performing "Home for the Holidays" and "Mele Kalikimaka."

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Håvard Svendsrud

Sunday October 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm 

Kean University - Wilkins Theatre
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083


The orchestra was honored to perform with guest artist Håvard Svendsrud, Norway's foremost accordion virtuoso; Leonard Davis, balalaika soloist; and Laura Addeo, flute soloist.

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        Beverly Roberts Curnow

Sunday September 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge - Auditorium
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403

This was our fourth concert at beautiful Sannondell!  Guest artists included world champion Beverly Roberts Curnow and 10-year-old Cody McSherry of Conestoga, PA.
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                      Albert Manginelli

Saturday May 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center
721 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

The orchestra was featured along with young accordion artists of the future, all students of Daniel Desiderio: Albert Manginelli, Karl Fetzer, and Justin Patterson.
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Saturday March 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild - Annual Festival
Hanover Marriott
1401 Rt. 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981

The orchestra provided dinner music at Saturday night's banquet honoring world accordion champion Beverly Roberts Curnow. 
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Sunday March 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Seabrook Village
3000 Essex Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

Seabrook Village is a premier retirement community in Northern New Jersey. On a sunny but still chilly day in late winter, the orchestra presented a concert to a large group of active seniors in Seabrook's beautiful auditorium facility. During our encore piece, Semper Fidelis, one of the residents - no doubt a former marine - marched up and down the aisles to the delight of the audience. 

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2012


Sunday June 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Imperial Music Center
48 Appleby Ave.
South River, NJ 08882

The orchestra presented a concert at the Imperial Music Center.  We were honored to have renowned accordion champions Beverly Curnow and Mary Tokarski performing as guest artists. Also featured were Albert Manginelli (accordion) and Nicole D'Angelo (piano), champions from the recent Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild competition, as well as Brian Jeremiah on trumpet.

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Sunday April 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Bergenfield High School
80 S. Prospect Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

The orchestra presented a concert to benefit the Bergenfield Ambulance Corps.  The 375 persons in attendance gave the orchestra a standing ovation and requested an encore!

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        Daniel Desiderio

Saturday March 31, 2012, following 6:00 pm dinner


Testimonial to Daniel Desiderio

Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild
American Accordion Musicological Society
2012 Competition and Festival

Hanover Marriott
1401 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981

The Accordion Pops Orchestra was honored to perform at a concert and dinner in honor of our previous conductor, Dan Desiderio.   
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2011



            Charles Nunzio

Sunday May 1, 2011 -- Dinner (1:00 pm) and Concert (3:00 pm)

A Memorial Tribute to Charles Nunzio (1912-2010)

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Route 173 West 
Hampton, NJ 08827

The orchestra was honored to dedicate this concert to our late friend Charles Nunzio, world famous accordionist, teacher, composer, and arranger, who passed away in October 2010 at the age of 97.  A special performance was given by the great jazz accordionist Eddie Monteiro, a former student of Mr. Nunzio.
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Sunday April 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403

The orchestra was pleased to be invited back to Shannondell's beautiful facility for our third concert there.  We hope to return again!
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2010



               Daniel Desiderio


       Steve Senderoff (at podium)


                 Andrea Maurer


Rudolfo Veneziano and Elizabeth Patterson

Saturday June 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Concert to Benefit the ALS Hope Foundation

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This was our fourth concert at Philadelphia's prestigious Kimmel Center (the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and many have told us that it was our best ever.  The program included the world premiere of the second movement ofConcerto in D, an original accordion concerto composed by our conductor, Dan Desiderio, and performed by the maestro himself accompanied by the orchestra.  The program also included an original composition for oboe, guitar, accordion, and voice by Steve Senderoff, a musician living with ALS; a performance of Carnival of Venice by our own Andrea Maurer on flute accompanied by piano; and three beautiful duets by tenor Rudolfo Veneziano and soprano Elizabeth Patterson accompanied by the orchestra. 
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Sunday May 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403

We were delighted to return to this beautiful facility after our performance half a year before.  They couldn't wait to get us back!
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2009

 

Sunday October 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Shannondell at Valley Forge
10000 Shannondell Drive
Audubon, PA 19403

The audience loved our Americana medley so much that they were marching and saluting in the aisles!  
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Sunday April 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Bergenfield High School
80 S. Prospect Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Another successful concert with over 250 people in attendance!  After receiving standing ovation following our closing number, a patriotic medly we call "Americana," the orchestra performed an encore to the delight of the audience.
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2008




Sunday November 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Sponsored by MunOpCo Music Theatre of Allentown (www.munopco.org)

Scottish Rite Cathedral
1533 W. Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18102

We were invited back to this beautiful concert hall following 2007's highly successful concert.
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                Maddalena Belfiore

Saturday June 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Maddalena Belfiore Memorial Concert Hosted by the AmericanAccordionsts Association

Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

At this wonderful concert the Accordion Pops Orchestra was featured along with many well known accordionists including Eddie Monteiro, Mary Tokarski, Tony Dannon, Joe Cerrito, Beverly Roberts Curnow, William Schimmel, Robert McMahan, Mario Tacca (and his wife, vocal artist Mary Mancini), The Amazing Accordion Kings, Frank Toscano, Angelo DiPippo, and Manny Corallo.
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Sunday April 13, 2008 -- 1:00 pm Dinner and 2:30 pm Concert

Concert to Benefit the ALS Hope Foundation

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Route 173 West 
Hampton, NJ 08827

In addition to usual accordion orchestra arrangements, our exciting program included something different: a flute and piano duet.  (The flutist happens to be a member of our orchestra!)  We have presented many successful concerts at this beautiful location and hope to return.
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2007

    

Sunday November 11, 2007 -- Afternoon Performance

Mid Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Fall Festival and Competition

Holiday Inn
2870 Highway 35 (Garden State Parkway exit 117)
Hazlet, NJ 07730

The Accordion Pops Orchestra was the featured entertainment at the Sunday awards ceremony for this competition, which included piano, keyboard, accordion, guitar, percussion, voice, woodwinds, brass, and strings.  For more information on future festivals, call 732-762-6769.
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                     Justin and Elizabeth Patterson

Saturday April 21, 2007 at 7:30 pm

The Third "Concert of Hope"  to benefit the ALS Hope Foundation.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

View the program for this concert here.

Read review of this concert here.
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Sunday March 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

An Afternoon with the Accordion Pops Orchestra

Sponsored by MunOpCo Music Theatre of Allentown (www.munopcomusictheatre.com)

Scottish Rite Cathedral
1533 W. Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18102

Read reviews of this concert here.
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Sunday February 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

An Afternoon with the Accordion Pops Orchestra

Sponsored by the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission

Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts
Monroe Township High School
1629 Perrineville Road
Monroe, NJ 08831

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January 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Concert of Appreciation

Trinity Presbyterian Church
367 Cranbury Rd
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Trinity Presbyterian Church is the location where the orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons, and it is only fitting that we presented a concert at the church for the congregation and friends as a token of our sincere appreciation.
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2006



                  Myron Floren

Sunday April 30, 2006 -- Dinner and Concert

A Memorial Tribute to Myron Floren (1919-2005)

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Route 173 West 
Hampton, NJ 08827

Myron Floren, well known as "the happy Norwegian" accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1950 to 1982, was also a friend to the Accordion Pops Orchestra.  Myron was the featured guest artist with the orchestra several years ago at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, and following his death in 2005 the orchestra returned to the Playhouse to perform a concert in his honor.
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