World famous orchestra to perform at hospital gala

music note stockThe world renowned Alex Donner Orchestra is preparing to celebrate its 25th year in the business by performing at the upcoming Greenwich Hospital Harvest Moon Gala on Oct. 19.

From providing the entertainment at the biggest charity events in Greenwich and Manhattan, to singing for brides and grooms at high-profile weddings across the country, Alex Donner has built a reputation that spans the globe. He’s come a long way in 25 years, having headlined at the Café Carlyle and The Algonquin’s Oak Room.

Noting that he was musically active from an early age, Mr. Donner explained that his father took him to local jazz clubs as a young boy. Later, after attending Princeton University and Fordham Law School to become a matrimonial lawyer, he became the bandleader/singer at the legendary club, El Morocco, where the Vanderbilts, Hearsts and CZ and Winston Guest mingled with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Hollywood A-listers including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.

But through all of that, Mr. Donner’s passion for performing was never lost, he said recently.

“I was doing divorces during the week as a lawyer and playing weddings on the weekends with the band,” Mr. Donner said.

This unusual professional combination generated human-interest stories in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and his musical career took off in New York City, Greenwich and Palm Beach. While working at the law firm, Studio 54 signed Mr. Donner on as a client.

“Whenever there was live music to be played there I got the call because they knew me and the owner, Steve Rubell, knew I loved to perform,” he said.

Through this opportunity, Mr. Donner began to play debutante balls, benefit galas and parties for celebrities including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Halston — an accomplishment most rising artists could only dream of. The biggest moment of his career came when he was asked to perform at a second-time-around wedding in India for a former divorce client who was a famous Texas oil heiress.

He said that his performance at the lavish reception brought him international recognition and from there he was able to quit his job to pursue music as a full-time career and he hasn’t looked back since.

For more information on Mr. Donner, visit

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