Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival/World Accordion Day

Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival and World Accordion Day 2023 will be celebrated May 5–7 at the World of Accordions Museum.

Friday, May 5 is the Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival. The tentative schedule includes a demonstration by Helmi Harrington, Ph.D. of some of the museum’s instruments; a visit with Dr. Palmer’s son, Bill Palmer; an introduction to diatonic accordions and concertinas; plus Art Bjorngjeld with some story-telling, traditional folk music, and good-natured “Poke Fun at Minnesota” tales. The evening will be topped off with a concert by Japanese accordionists Mihoko Goto and Chiharu Ebihara.

Saturday, May 6 celebrates World Accordion Day starting with a free public event 10 a.m.to noon, featuring accordionist and children’s musician, Jane Christison (Janie Next Door). This family-friendly performance will include an accordion petting zoo so that young and not-so-young can test drive an accordion.

Saturday afternoon’s lineup begins with Kenneth Bressler explaining the importance of Moog Synthesizers and their involvement in the development of electronic accordions leading to MIDI systems, new forms of music including new instruments such as “Virtual” accordions.

Known as the Great Entertainer, the always-popular Former Senator Florian Chmielewski will give a performance. Dr. Mike Middleton will perform favorites from Myron Floren’s repertory. The afternoon session continues with international music by the Accordion Concertina Band.

Saturday night, award-winning local and national favorites, Dr. Anthony Bukoski and Bart Sutter, will involve topics about accordions and this museum.

Sunday morning, May 7, 10 –11 a.m., Mike Middleton and tuba player, Clayton Capps, will lead a non-denominational polka service, free and open to the public.

Visit www.worldofaccordions.org for ticket information and to see any schedule updates.

Cost: varies


Fri. May. 5 8am-7pm

Sat. May. 6 8am-7pm

Sun. May. 7 8am-noon

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Superior, WI 54880