Stas Venglevski on tour in Switzerland
By Cornelia Schmid
For more than 10 years, Stas Venglevski has been playing one concert or another or has been the musical director at AKKORDeMOTION Camp in Switzerland. In April 2023, Stas will be back on tour in Switzerland and will give several concerts. AKKORDeMOTION has organized a tour with solo performances and concerts with local artists.
At the first concert, Stas is invited by Dani Häusler, a very well-known Swiss clarinetist, to join him and a group of the most famous Swiss folk musicians. As a guest artist, Stas will play an original composition and Swiss folk music together with the Swiss musicians. At the second concert in Switzerland, another famous Swiss, Nicolas Senn, will accompany Stas on the dulcimer. After the joint performance in 2018, it will be a revival of their concert in another part of Switzerland.
On the further tour, a group of three singers will share the stage with Stas. They all know each other from a previous tour. Another wonderful performance will be at Wyher Castle in Ettiswil, together with clarinetist Dani Häusler. In this concert the two highly skilled musicians will play songs from the 200-year-old Ettiswil organ book, composed by A.J. Frey. Stas and Dani will arrange the music that has been dormant for almost 200 years.
The last concert will be another guest performance at the Akkordeon Spielring Lyss. At their annual concert evening, Stas will play world music and join the orchestra for two pieces.
The incredible artist Stas Venglevski is always a rich gift to the audience in Switzerland and to all those who have the chance to perform with him. On the other hand, it is also a wonderful experience for Stas to play with various famous Swiss artists.
On May 6, on World Accordion Day, Stas will play his 74th concert, organized by AKKORDeMOTION, in Switzerland.
New Composition Premiered by Stas Venglevski
Premiered by Stas Venglevski on February 7th at the University of Wisconsin in Superior, WI, was another new composition, Earendel by composer Ian Deterling, written for Accordion and Marimba. Mr. Venglevski says, “Getting new music from composers always feels like getting a Christmas present from Santa.” Stas describes the new composition as a “bewitching piece that is full of energy, colorful harmonies, and various rhythmic patterns.” Brett Jones joined Stas on percussion for the entire program. Also on the program was music by Brett Jones: Rondo for Louise, by Urmas Sisask; Der Komet Hale by Bopp, and Stas performed some of his original compositions.
This program will be also presented at Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International at their festival this summer July 19-23 in Lisle, IL. The concert will take place in the beautiful
Armerding Concert Hall.
Stas Venglevski Collaborates on Opera
Stas Venglevski collaborated with composer Shalumit Ran and lead singer Anne Slovin in a new opera, Anne Frank. This production was premiered at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on March 3rd and 4th. The outstanding orchestra of young musicians was conducted by Arthur Fagen. The opera was also live-streamed both evenings. Prior to the performance, Stas commented, “I’m so eager to be working again with the composer, Shalumit Ran and lead singer Anne Slovin in this tremendous production.”
Stas Venglevski and Frank Almond at Schwan Concert Hall
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Stas Venglevski will share the stage with Frank Almond (violin) on Monday, March 27 th , at 7:00
p.m. Rosa Borizova will join on cello for some of the numbers. Stas says, “It’s always a highlight
to share the stage with Frank Almond! The program will feature Tangos, Waltzes, music by
J.S.Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Mariano Mores, Ernesto Lequona, Juan de Dios Filiberto and more.
Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College is located at
8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. Tickets are $35.00.