2016 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
August 8, 2016: Henry Doktorski performed during the opening night concert at the 17th annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention in the Grand Ballroom of the Gold Coast Casino/Resort.
Henry said, “It was a real thrill to perform for the appreciative audience at the Las Vegas Accordion Convention. I played three pieces, Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms, Celestina Polka by Pietro Deiro, and my own Theme and Variation on Richard Rodgers’ Edelweiss. My mother and father were in the audeince. Before my final number, I told the crowd, ‘If you enjoy the music I’m playing, you should thank my parents, who sometimes had to use firm measures to get me to practice when I was a boy.’ Then I asked Mom and Dad to stand up and the audience gave them a hearty ovation. After the concert, at least one person approached my parents and said, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Doktorski, I’m glad you made your son practice when he was a boy!’ This was my first appearance at the annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, and I’m sure it will not be my last. I am especially indebted to Paul Pasquale, the founder and organizer of this popular and well-attended event.”