On the Calendar: Kaminska and Crawfish

After spending the weekend adding concerts and festivals to our accordion events calendar, I’ll highlight two events going on this week. First, classical accordionist Lidia Kaminska performs Rimsky-Korsakov and Piazzolla with the Haddonfield Symphony in Camden, NJ. Yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer had a excellent profile of Lidia and her quest to rehabiliate the accordion’s image. “I don’t want people to think of accordion only as a polka or wedding instrument. I want people to have knowledge – that it is a serious classical instrument.”

Meanwhile, down on the Bayou, this weekend’s Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival features some of the biggest names in Cajun/Zydeco. Performers include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, the Pine Leaf Boys, Geno Delafose, Keith Frank, and Corey Ledet, but the main attraction is the crawfish. There’ll be a crawfish cookoff, a crawfish eating contest, the crowning of the Crawfish Queen, and, of course, crawfish races. Please, no wagering.


  1. How exciting to see the accordion being played more often with symphony orchestras. The Fairbanks Symphony Pops concert included two pieces from ‘The Godfather” that had parts for the accordion. I was so fortunate to be the person selected to play with this talented orchestra this past weekend!

  2. That’s fantastic, Elaine! Hope the concert went well!