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New England Digital Accordion Orchestra will perform for the first time during the 51st New England Music Festival

Posted by Laura Gomez  April 1, 2013 03:47 PM

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Cathy Jones of Bellerica, left, appears set to high-five a fellow member of the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra at a recent rehearsal, as Sam Falcetti of Wilbraham directs.

On April 7, Sam Falcetti will direct the first performance of the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra he formed with over 20 Roland Digital Accordion performers from across the region, according to a press release.

The free, premier performance of the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra will be at 4 p.m. during the 51st New England Music Festival, in the Grand Ballroom of the Newton Marriott.

“We’ll leave the rock music to Mumford and Sons and the Dropkick Murphys,” Falcetti says. “I started teaching accordion over 50 years ago — it was my first instrument — and there’s never been anything like this. I am totally recharged playing it and directing this orchestra.”

The Orchestra will be complimented by drums, percussion, guitar and vocalists. There are a number of players from across Hampden and Hampshire counties, including three Falcetti family members: Sam’s wife Peggy on bass, their son Michael in the first section and Michael’s son, Daniel, on mallet percussion. Their son Anthony and his son Nicolas are the orchestra’s sound technicians

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra has rehearsing been at Falcetti Music in Springfield for their debut at the 51st annual New England Music Festival in Newton to cap the weekend-long festival that draws hundreds of performers each year.

Falcetti, who retired in 2008 from the Falcetti Music store he founded, gathered 26 musicians from Greenfield, Mass., to Norwood and Providence and points between, all trekking to rehearsals in Springfield through the winter. Their set will demonstrate the Roland V accordion’s versatility, as players reproduce the sounds of many instruments, from saxophone to cello, while performing a Haydn classical piece, the “Godfather” theme, Duke Ellington’s “Tuxedo Junction” and the Sousa march, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Cathy Jones of Billerica, David Gamache of Belmont and David Sullivan of Norwood are among the members traveling longest to rehearse.

In 2004 Roland Music’s Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, the creator and designer of the Roland V Accordion, made this electronic musical breakthrough. Today there are nine models of the Roland V available.

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David Gamache of Belmont talks accordion with Danielle Renzi of Johnston, R.I., at a recent rehearsal of the New England Digital Accordion Orchestra in Springfield.

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