Our concerts are free for all the public to enjoy and are made possible by the generosity of financial supporters and orchestra members. Donations are always happily accepted by the orchestra and are greatly appreciated. The orchestra is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 tax exempt status and donations are 100% tax deductible. They may be sent to:
Doctors Orchestra, c/o Harvey Salomon, M.D. 165 West End Avenue, Apartment 29N, New York, NY 10023.
Since his concerto debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has appeared nine times, the American pianist Steven Graff has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and glowing critical praise. Mr. Graff was born in Chicago where he began his musical training. A string of scholarships led to studies at The Juilliard School where he received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees as a Petschek scholarship awardee, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Graduate School of CUNY. Steven Graff is at home on stage, over the airwaves and in the classroom. His appearances on the Nickelodeon Channel and the QE2 enlightened audiences with his interpretive performances, and recent tours of China, Norway, Japan, Italy, Israel and in cities across the U.S. have thrilled music-lovers everywhere.
A sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, Graff has performed at Weill, Zankel and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Lang Recital Hall and the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Merkin and Alice Tully Halls in New York City and his performances have been broadcast in Oslo and Honolulu, on New York radio stations WQXR and WNCN, and Chicago's WFMT.
A champion of new music, Graff has premiered and recorded contemporary works, most recently on the Centaur, Capstone and Zimbel labels. Having studied with Adele Marcus, Beveridge Webster and Herbert Stessin, and performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and Misha Dichter, Graff often leads his own master classes at colleges and universities, most recently at Franklin and Marshall College and at the University of Arizona at Flagstaff.
Graff's many summer festival performances include the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine. He was also re-engaged as a featured teacher and performer in Hawaii's Aloha International Piano Festival where he gave master classes and was presented in a solo recital, as well as appearing in a multi-day Festival in Salt Lake City, sponsored by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, where he was heard in recital. Recent concerto performances include a nine-city tour of China playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Manhattan Symphonie, and a premiere of John Carbon's new piano concerto, Fantasy Nocturne, at the Barshinger Center in Pennsylvania with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra. The concerto was dedicated to Mr. Graff. Known for his improvisations, Graff recently improvised his own cadenzas for two Mozart concerto performances in New York City: Mozart's Concerto No. 20 with the Spectrum Symphony and Mozart's Concerto No. 21 with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble.
A frequent competition adjudicator, Graff has judged for The Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival's annual piano competition, France's Fontainebleau Festival, the Gina Bachauer Jr. Competition, and the Music Teachers' National Association. This fall he will be speaking on "sustaining future audiences for classical music" at the Macaulay Honors College's bi-annual Topics and Tapas series.
Steven Graff currently serves on the faculty at New York's Hunter College, at The Macaulay Honors College, and at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Steven Graff is a Steinway Artist.
THE DOCTORS ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK,led by artistic directorKyunghun Kim, is celebrating its 78th Anniversary Season. It was founded in 1938 by physicians interested in performing symphonic music. In recent years it has added community musicians representing the diverse professions in the metropolitan area. The Doctors Orchestra performs four to six concerts annually, often donating its services for benefits. Depending on the music, the orchestra performs concerts with between 50 and 60 members. The orchestra has performed in New York's major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
I would like to thank all the friends and supporters of the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York as the organization has grown in all aspects in recent years. We have a very ambitious season to continue to step forward this year. We will have a concert of all Waghalter - a composer from a very late romantic period who founded this very orchestra, a concert of Mahler Symphony No.2 'Resurrection', and more.
Please come to our season opening concert next week! We will present Rimsky Korsakov's triumphant and uplifting fanfare, "Procession of the Nobles" from "Mlada", along with Schumann's enchanting piano concerto and Dvorak's early Symphony No.3.
I hope your Autumn will be filled with joy, friendship and good memories! And we are here in your neighborhood with good music to contribute additional cherished experiences. Thank you.