Music: Musical M.D.s

The TV camera focused on a dignified-looking orchestra, high foreheads gleaming above the violins. Only unusual fact about the concert: most of the musicians were doctors. One of the outstanding amateur orchestras in the U.S., the Doctors' Orchestral Society of New York, was making its live TV debut.

The doctors' orchestra was organized in 1938, now numbers some 50 medical men, their relatives and a handful of professional musicians, including Conductor Maxim Waldo. There are no standard medical-musical tie-ups. Dentists play violins, cello, horn, bass. General practitioners play flutes and timpani, a dermatologist plays viola. The doctors prefer to remain anonymous to...

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