The Durham Medical Orchestra, which is associated with Duke University, was founded in 2010 by volunteer musicians with the mission to unite health-related professionals, Duke University, and the surrounding community through musical performance and collaboration to foster health, wellness, and the cultural enrichment of its audiences and members.
The orchestra now has more than 100 members, including health-related professionals, medical and graduate students of the life sciences, colleagues, and family members.
Their music features major compositions from the classical literature as well as contemporary and newly commissioned works, under the baton of vibrant artistic director and conductor, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.
Concerts frequently include collaborations with community organizations, visual artists, health leaders, local schools, churches, and professional musicians.
Durham Medical Orchestra has a very special free concert coming up:
Concert for a Field of Dreams
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Durham Central Park Pavilion
501 Foster Street, Durham
RAIN PLAN: In the event of rain, there is plenty of room under the very large roof at the pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and join us for a beautiful afternoon of music, rain or shine.
Help children and adults with special needs play baseball. Donations collected at the concert will support the construction of a new Miracle League field in Durham.
Why they’re raising money:
The Miracle League of the Triangle helps children and adults with special needs play baseball. But without a Miracle League field in Durham, local families must drive to Wake County to participate in games.
Now, the Miracle League is raising money to construct a baseball field in Durham, with support from the Durham Bulls and Capitol Broadcasting Company. The new field will be designed with a flat, latex-free, synthetic sport surface that is barrier-free, allowing individuals using wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices to move around the field freely. The Miracle League anticipates creating teams for 125 players in its first year of operation.
On the program:
The family-friendly program recreates the experience of attending a baseball game in nine innings with nine short musical selections and an engaging narration.
They’ll be playing “The Star Spangled Banner,” the theme from “The Pink Panther,” selections from “Star Wars,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and other favorites.
Future Concerts with Durham Medical Orchestra
Fall Concerts: Celebrations
With special guest Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Duke University East Campus
Help us celebrate our 10th season with a concert featuring the trombone like you’ve never heard it before. With special guest Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic.
Join the trombone choir
Calling all North Carolina-based trombone players! Join Joseph Alessi for two trombone choir pieces to be performed December 8. Application deadline: October 20, 2019. APPLY
What you’ll hear at this concert
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
The first piece the DMO ever performed
CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS: Danse bacchanale
ANTONIN DVORAK: Slavonic Dances, op. 46 No. 1 in C
This piece was also on the very first concert DMO performed
STEVEN BRYANT: Concerto for Trombone
Featuring Joseph Alessi
Return to Sorrento
Featuring Joseph Alessi
Plus: Two pieces for trombone choir
A Concert featuring pieces that make connections between music and memory
Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Duke University East CampusAARON COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
A beloved work by a composer who experienced Alzheimer’s disease late in his life.JOHN MACKEY: Places we can no longer go
A new arrangement of a work about the composer’s mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
Durham Medical Orchestra advises that parking can be a little bit tricky at Baldwin Auditorium, but there is some parking advice on Baldwin Auditorium’s page.