Henry Doktorski
Organist Accordionist Composer Conductor Author Educator
2011 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

July 3, 2011: Henry Doktorski performed at the 37th Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes County Park in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He presented a one-hour solo accordion recital on the Laurel Stage at 6:30 pm, but also strolled throughout the park for three hours during the afternoon with his Italian-built 12-bass accordion.

The festival featured approximately 220 artists and craftsmen and 42 food booths, along with four stages with constant entertainment. Doktorski's photo by Lexie Dabin (above) appeared on the front page of the The Daily News of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and he was quoted in an article about the festival by reporter Michael Divittorio saying (about the festival), "I think it's fantastic!"

Doktorski, sporting his new goatee, said, "This was my first time performing at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival and I was impressed with the hundreds of artist exhibits and thousands of spectators. I walked from one end of the festival to the other during my strolling gig and was amazed by the artistry of the many exhibitors. I used my extremely light-weight Italian-built 12-bass accordion which has the timbre of a bandoneón for strolling. I played a lot of French, Italian, German, Irish and traditional music, but also some classical pieces such as Johann Pachelbel's Kanon in D and Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. For my solo recital on the Laurel Stage, I picked up my 140-bass Victoria concert accordion and played some popular accordion classics, such as Monti's Czardas, Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5, and many solo accordion works by the popular vaudeville accordionist/composers Guido and Pietro Deiro."

To read the entire The Daily News article, click on the following links for: Page One and Page Two.

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