The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on Sunday

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on Sunday

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra launches its 61st season on Sunday in the heart of Culver City.

Founded in 1953 by Dr. Reuben Strauss with 35 doctors, dentists, veterinarians, nurses and allied health care professionals, the group has since evolved into a premiere community orchestra, with guest soloists having included Jeffrey Kahane, Rufus Choi and Paul Wiancko.

Maestro Ivan Shulman, a general surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles, has been conducting since 1990.

For the season opener, dubbed “Shall We Dance?,” — the 55-piece orchestra warms up with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” before tackling Ravel’s “Minuet Antique,” Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance” No. 18 and excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

Shulman, who plays oboe and whose father played oboe in Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony, said performing music is to him as crucial as practicing medicine.

“Through music, we communicate another part of the healing arts of medicine. The healing part of music is real,” Shulman said.

“Shall We Dance?” begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. $10 suggested donation. (310) 476-5512; ladso.org

— Michael Aushenker

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