Rosamunde Overture
Concert of Hope
April 13, 2008

APO Concert April 13, 2008

Accordion Pops Orchestra
Conducted by Daniel J. Desiderio

Featuring Special Performances by
Justin Patterson, Accordionist
Joseph Hooker, Pianist

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse - 88 Route 173 West, Hampton. NJ
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Tickets $55 includes luncheon and performance

All proceeds from this event will benefit the ALS Hope Foundation.
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Program Cover
Orchestra Personell
Concert Programme

APO Releases NEW CD

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APO CD Contents

Sound Tracks - BROADBAND

  1. Bagatelle Overture

  2. Manha de Carnaval

  3. The Juggler

  4. Mancini in Concert

  5. Motorcycle Polka

  6. Drummer's Delight

  7. Tiger Rag

  8. Fiddler On the Roof

  9. Conflict Overture

  10. Radetzky March

Sound Tracks - for DIAL-UP

  1. Bagatelle Overture

  2. Manha de Carnaval

  3. The Juggler

  4. Mancini in Concert

  5. Motorcycle Polka

  6. Drummer's Delight

  7. Tiger Rag

  8. Fiddler On the Roof

  9. Conflict Overture

  10. Radetzky March
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"A Concert of Hope"
Saturday, April 17, 2004, 8:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA

Accordion Pops Orchestra
The Accordion Pops Orchestra
Daniel Desiderio, Conductor

Featuring Special Guests:
Classical Accordionist Carmen Carrozza
Tenor Rudolfo Veneziano
Piano Soloist Erin Dougherty
The K Trio
And an original composition by Stephen Senderoff,
who is living with ALS

ALS Foundation

Tickets: $45 and $55, available from        (215-893-1999)

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This concert is supported by the generosity of Ramona and Frank Gwynn

The ALS Hope Foundation is a public charity operating as described in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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The Accordion POPS Orchestra
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Sunday June 8, 2003
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Daniel J. Desiderio, Conductor

About The Conductor

Daniel J. Desiderio is one of the countyís foremost accordion artists. Well know in the accordion field for his compositions and arrangements, Mr. Desiderio has recorded on the Ampco and Cormark labels. He has concertized throughout Europe, appearing at Londonís Royal Festival Hall, Copenhagenís Radio House, Munichís Congress Hall as well as New Yorkís Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

During his four year military service, he was featured soloist with the Air Force Band and Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. A former member of the Board of Directors of the American Accordionistís Association and one of the founders and member of the Pennsylvania Accordion Teacherís Association, Mr. Desiderio began his formal musical training at the age of 9 with the late Pietro Deiro, Sr. He also studied arranging and composition with Dr. William Hoppich. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, he began his concert career at age 17.

Mr. Desiderio presently preforms studio work in New York City as well as concerts and private affairs in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey seashore areas. He teaches accordion, piano and organ at his studio in Media, Pennsylvania.

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The Accordion Pops Orchestra was organized in 1970 by the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey and performed at various community functions throughout the state. At that time Dr. Jacob Neupauer of Philadelphia was the conductor and the orchestra remained very active over the next ten years.

In 1980 the orchestra members took a leave of absence and the membership was reorganized in 1984 under the direction of the late Eugene Ettore of Livingston, New Jersey. In 1985, Daniel Desiderio of Philadelphia was invited to act as a guest conductor of the orchestra and a few years later the A.T.A of New Jersey appointed him as conductor in residence. The name of the orchestra was formally changed to the Accordion Pops Orchestra and its membership expanded to include performers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, as well as the original New Jersey members.

The only professional accordion orchesrta of its kind on the East Coast, the Pops Orchestraís entire instrumentation is that of accordions, with the exception of percussion instruments. Utilizing scores from a full symphonic orchestra, the orchestra is divided into four parts: woodwinds, strings, brass and bass. The resulting sound is unique. Many of the pieces of music performed need to be transcribed to accommodate the range of the accordion. While some symphonic pieces have accordion transcriptions available, most of the music the orchestra performs needs to be condensed and modified into the range of the accordion. The orchestra has drawn on the talents of the conductor and its members for this arduous task.

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The thirty-five member orchestra performs a repertoire of Light Classical, Broadway, Big Band and popular music. They have entertained audiences at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, Cape May and Ocean City, New Jersey, numerous County Fairs, the Rose Tree Festival in Media, Pennsylvania as well as the Italian Festival in Wilmington, Delaware. Most of the members are professional performers and accordion teachers.

The versatility of the accordion makes it capable of producing any type of music. Contemporary groups such as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen have featured the accordion and it has become an important addition to the increasingly popular sounds of Cajun and Reggae music.

The accordion is a self-contained instrument with rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and acoustic qualities. Itís portability makes it an ideal instrument for entertainment.

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Additionally, the Accordion Pops Orchestra features soloists, duos and ensembles from the group as well as guest artists including vocalists and instrumentalists. The orchestra is available for concert performances throughout the year.

For Information And Reservations Call:
Rosemarie Cavanaugh (732)257-8198

Questions? email Rosemary