April 25, 2007: Henry Doktorski performed with contralto Daphne Alderson and a quintet of five classical musicians in a concert titled "Songs for Dreamers" at the Heinz Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
At Heinz Chapel with contralto Daphne Alderson and ensemble.
The musicians in the ensemble consisted of: Daphne Alderson, contralto; Tom Roberts, director and pianist; Henry Doktorski, accordionist; Roy Sonne, violinist; Jeffrey T. Mangone, double bassist, and Albert J. Wrublesky, drums.
The program featured songs by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Lepera, Joe Negri and Lou Tracy, Édith Piaf, and other song writers and composers. Doktorski was featured in the two tangos: Por una Cabeza and Mi Buenos Aires querido, along with Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Roy Sonne. The accordion was also featured in three French chansons popularized by Édith Piaf: Mon menage a moi, Hymn a l'amour and La vie en rose.
Daphne Alderson made her New York Cabaret debut in 1998, performing her show Songs and Chansons. She has appeared at Avery Fisher Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Bach Aria Festival in Stoneybrook, New York, and at various arts organizations and churches throughout the United States, Canada and Italy. Her opera credits include performances in the roles of Hansel, Purcell's Dido, Nicklausse, Isabella, Rosina, Orefeo, Siebel, Suzuki, and Maddalena. She also serves on the music faculty at Seton-Hill University.
Doktorski said, "It is always a pleasure for me to perform with Daphne and her friends. Her voice is so dark and velvety and full of personality. And to top it off, she is one of the sweetest persons I have met!"
The Heinz Interdenominational Chapel, dedicated in 1938, stands as one of the foremost examples of French Gothic architecture in the United States.
Heinz Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.