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Accordion Music - Tony Lovello's Concert April 15, 2007

Accordion Connection - Cilmanton, NH

“Wow!” exclaimed a clearly awed young man as Tony Lovello, the “Liberace of the Accordion,” exited through the enthusiastic sold-out audience at his recent appearance in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Lovello, 74, exuding the energy of a man half his age, earned three standing ovations for his impressive, knock-your-socks-off performance.

Outside, a fierce Nor’easter was raging, fully visible to performer and audience alike, “but inside,” commented a pleased Lovello, “we were rocking and rolling.” The internationally acclaimed showman held the hardy New Englanders in thrall with his consummate musicianship, humor, and flair. Formerly a member of the legendary “Three Suns” (Twilight Time, Peg ‘o My Heart), Lovello performed a powerful program including Cumana, Malaguena, and many of his other hits. The event was sponsored by New Hampshire Accordion Association in conjunction with venue host Accordion Connection LLC in Gilmanton.

At an educational seminar following the concert, Lovello generously shared his special techniques – among them his multi-fingered glissandi, three-note basses, and, of course, his signature bellow shake, for which the great maestro Galla-Rini anointed him “King and Master of the Bellow Shake.” After demonstrating each accordion “trick” separately, Lovello then combined them all in a Phantom of the Opera medley, bringing the afternoon’s program to a rousing finale and the warmly appreciative audience once again to its feet.

To echo the awed young man in the audience: “Wow!”

-- Donna Maria Regis, Music Director, New Hampshire Accordion Association

Post-concert audience reaction to Tony Lovello:

“…the best I've seen…”
“I am amazed that one can do what you can do on this instrument!”
“…wonderful show you put on…”
“I attended your concert... and I really enjoyed it…I learned a few things, too.”
“…You’ll be amazed at how he can make the accordion sing!”
“….He’s the best there is”

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