LFHS Conjunto to Perform at Big Squeeze Showcase

LFHS Conjunto to Perform at Big Squeeze Showcase
Posted on 03/20/2014
This is the image for the news article titled LFHS Conjunto to Perform at Big Squeeze ShowcaseThe Big Squeeze accordion contest will return to Los Fresnos for the second straight year to uncover all the talent in the area at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Los Fresnos High School.

Former Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Champ Juan Longoria Jr. will perform after the showcase along with Conjunto Halcon of Los Fresnos High School.

Longoria began teaching music at LFHS in August 2012 and started the school’s first conjunto program.

The Big Squeeze Showcase is free and open to the public. Interested accordion players may register on site or in advance by calling Texas Folklife at 512-441-9255 or online at www.texasfolklife.org. The Big Squeeze is in its eighth year statewide. The accordion contest for up-and-coming Texas musicians, 21 years of age or younger.

The non-profit that endeavors to preserve and promote Texas’s diverse cultural heritage is looking for great players in all genres of the Lone Star State’s accordion-based music, including German, Czech, and Polish polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; and conjunto, norteño, and Tejano.

Nine finalists (three from each genre) will be chosen from the field of performers at the showcases (and those who send in their performances to Texas Folklife) by a panel of esteemed music professionals. Accordionists will be judged on their technical proficiency — skill in playing, and technical and musical accuracy — as well as their song interpretation (stylistic choices, innovation, and originality) and stage presence (level of comfort on stage and attention to personal appearance). The nine finalists will be announced on April 11. The finalists will perform at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on April 26.

Three Grand Prize Winners will be selected. There will be one winner for each accordion category – polka, zydeco, and conjunto. All three winners will perform at Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed annual Accordion Kings and ueens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre June 7.

The three Big Squeeze 2014 Grand Prize Winners will also receive a prize package valued at more than $4,000, including a cash prize, a brand new Hohner accordion, performance opportunities in Austin and Houston, publicity, professional development, and other professional opportunities.

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Texas Folklife has honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.
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