"The MiniSymphony" is a very special 5- to 7-piece musical ensemble based upon string quartet and accordion.
While the qualities of string instruments are universally appreciated, the accordion remains a much under-estimated instrument. In this case, however, we are speaking about the classical accordion, and in addition, its Russian cousin, the bayan.
The combination of a string quartet plus one accordion/bayan (not taking into account the possibility of the additional piano) actually creates the effect of sounding like a much larger orchestra.
Repertoire - When talking about the type of music that The MiniSymphony performs, it becomes difficult to pinpoint just one style. Every program features a variety of genres covering
- Classical (Bach, Mozart, and Strauss, to name a few)
- Pop favorites from the 20’s through the 90’s
- Broadway show tunes
- Movie themes
And International folk music from every corner of the globe
- Italian Neapolitan songs
- French cafe songs
- Fiery Hungarian & Russian gypsy tunes
- Latin tangos, as well as avant-garde tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
Jon Persson is the founder and director of The MiniSymphony. In addition, he performs also as a soloist, as well as in a variety of other ensembles.
Additionally, please take a moment to peruse downloadable music and CD's on the Music page.
Jon Persson plays a wide variety of styles on the piano, ranging from classical (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Debussy, just to name a few) to pop favorites from the 20’s through the 90’s; Broadway show tunes, French, Italian, German and Viennese songs, and Latin tangos, as well as avant-garde tangos by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.
The Russian Bayan/БАЯН
- M/S Sagafjord, Cunard Line
- S/S Norway, Norwegian Cruise Line
- m/s Statendam, Holland America Line
- m/s Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Cruise Line
- m/s Royal Princess (1 & 2), Princess Cruises
- m/s Grand Princess, Princess Cruises
- m/s Emerald Princess, Princess Cruises
- m/s Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
- m/s Dreamward, Norwegian Cruise Line
- m/s Venus Pacific, Japan Cruise Line
- m/s Vision of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
- m/v Eugenio Costa, Costa Cruise Line
- m/v Americana, Ivaran Cruise Line
- m/v Queen of the West, American Riverboat Cruises
- EPCOT Norway Pavilion, Walt Disney World
- Numerous Venues in Vieux Carre (the French Quarter), New Orleans, Louisiana
- South Florida Condo Theatres
- Tziganka Russian Ensemble
- Hotel NovaPark, Zurich, Switzerland
- Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
- Sun Valley Lodge, Ketchum, Idaho
- EXPO '86, Vancouver, Canada
- Community Concerts
- Cruise Ships
- Arts Festivals
- Wine Tastings
- Classical Concerts
- American Standards
- Broadway Show Tunes
- International Song Favorites
- Russian & Hungarian Gypsy
- Argentine Tango