[Virtual] Music Club – Behind the Bellows: The twisted history of the accordion …and where it’s going, with Michael Bridge

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[Virtual] Music Club – Behind the Bellows: The twisted history of the accordion …and where it’s going, with Michael Bridge

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

This event will be broadcast online and is free and open to all – there is no login or registration required to tune in from the comfort of home. Please click here to attend the livestreamed broadcast. In an effort to make this special event interactive, we encourage viewers to actively participate by submitting their questions to Michael through the YouTube chat function throughout the evening.



Michael Bridge


In less than 200 years since its invention, the accordion has become an icon of folk music from Finland to China to Brazil. Yet its history is chock-full of plot twists: the 1950s U.S. government ad campaign “Accordion Is Unpatriotic”; the business reasons behind the slightly embarrassing phenomenon of many great composers who wrote for the accordion only once; the story of the only German instrument manufacturer whose factory was not nationalized during WWII; and the stories go on.…

In a lighthearted evening, accordion virtuoso and doctoral candidate Michael Bridge will recount the unlikely history of the accordion, sprinkled with music from across centuries and borders, and explore the future of the instrument.

Michael will be joined in conversation by Musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley from the Massey College Music Club committee.





Michael Bridge is renowned for cutting-edge concert productions – including with his two ensembles of unique instrumentation, Ladom Ensemble and Bridge & Wolak. He has soloed with orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Edmonton Symphony, and the Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic, and performed across Europe, the USA and in every Canadian province. Passionate about baroque, jazz, contemporary and world music, he performs over 100 concerts per year and has given over 50 world premieres. He is the first Canadian to pursue a doctoral degree in accordion performance, from the University of Toronto.



The Massey College Music Club meets after dinner, twice each term, to explore the creation and performance of music across different cultures and in different times.

Programming is decided by a committee of Junior and Senior Fellows, Alumni, and Quadrangle Society members. It is eclectic and varied, and is intended to be both entertaining and enlightening.




Tuesday, October 13
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Massey College