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The Festival Features Three Concert Events July 21-July 23 at Wheaton College in Collaboration with the Wheaton College Artist Series

About the ATG Accordion Festival

Musicians and artists from around the world will gather in the Chicago Western Suburbs on July 20-23, 2022, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild International (ATG) with an amazing line-up at the ATG Accordion Festival. The festival will feature internationally acclaimed musicians at three special concert events as well as fun activities for the entire family. 

The festival kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with an “Accordion Petting Zoo,’ featuring dozens of accordions displayed in the Hyatt Lisle ballroom, any of which can be “petted” and played. This event is perfect for young and old alike or anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about the elusive accordion. The event also features children’s entertainer, singer and songwriter, Jane Christison of ‘Janie Next Door.’ Best known for her ‘Music with a Smile’ and engaging performances, Janie loves introducing kids to instruments they don’t hear very often – like the accordion.  Participants can put on an accordion, pull the bellows and even play a tune – there are endless possibilities with ATG performers and teachers on hand to demonstrate and entertain. The “Accordion Petting Zoo” is also offered on Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. Both events take place at the Hyatt Lisle Hotel, located at 1400 Corporate Drive in Lisle, and are open to all ages and free to attend. 

Ticket Information

Tickets for all ATG Wheaton Artist Series events are $35.00. Student tickets are available for $10.00.

Festival Concerts

UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble

UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble

Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheaton College's Barrows Auditorium

UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble, followed by guest artists Mirco Patarini, President of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), Murl Allen Sanders, musician, composer, teacher and recording artist and Nikolay Bine (featured guest artist of the New York Times).

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Accordionist Michael Bridge

Accordionist Michael BridgeFriday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Concert Hall

World-renowned accordionist Michael Bridge, a virtuoso performer on both the acoustic accordion and its 21st Century cousin, the digital accordion.

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Racine Symphony Orchestra, and guest artist Stas Venglevski

Racine Symphony OrchestraSaturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Concert Hall

Racine Symphony Orchestra, and guest artist Stas Venglevski, virtuoso of the bayan accordion. The event culminates with the 80-piece Festival Orchestra conducted by the one and only Joan C. Sommers. Sommers is a former ATG Champion and founder of the World Accordion Orchestra. 

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Guest Artists

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Michael Bridge

World renowned acoustic and digital accordionist, Toronto, Canada

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Stas Venglevski

Virtuoso of the bayan accordion, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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Joan C. Sommers

Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Kansas City and founder of the World Accordion Orchestra, Prairie Village, Kansas

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Mirco Patarini

President of the International Accordion Organization, Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), Spoleto, Italy

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Nicolay Bine

Featured guest artist of the New York Times, Victoria, Canada

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Murl Allen Sanders

Renowned composer, performer and recording artist, Seattle, Washington

About the ATG

The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International is a non-profit organization of accordion teachers, students, composers, professional musicians, and hobbyists from around the world. Its goal is to foster an appreciation of this remarkable instrument and its music. Since its establishment in 1940 by the late Anthony Galla-Rini and colleagues, the ATG has garnered international prestige and respect for its ongoing pursuit of excellence in music education.  The ATG offers scholarships, hosts seminars, workshops, concerts, recitals, and an annual festival -- all of which provide accordion education and performance opportunities for players of all ages and levels.