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Coral Gables retiree wants to start amateur chamber orchestra

With more than 50 years as lawyer behind him, all Al Weinstein wants to do is play his violin in a chamber orchestra.

Weinstein, a violinist from Middle Village, N.Y., wants to find people, preferably retired people such as himself, who love and want to play music in a chamber orchestra in the area of South Miami and Coral Gables.

His desire to form an orchestra, he said, is purely community driven.

“I want to give back to the community,” said Weinstein, of Coral Gables.

Weinstein wants the orchestra to perform free concerts at libraries, for example, where it would play music of an author’s time. The chamber orchestra, which needs about 22 musicians, would also play at museums, schools, or other “charitable affairs.”

He said there are professional orchestras in the area who play jazz and belly dance music, but not chamber music which he considers the most beautiful form of music.

Despite his ambition Weinstein wants to play more than he wants to be in charge.

“I don’t necessarily want to be the conductor,” Weinstein said. “And I want to avoid egos.”

After moving to Miami, Weinstein attended the University of Miami as a music major and received a full scholarship for performing in the university’s orchestra. He graduated from UM in 1950.

Weinstein joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps after he was drafted into the Korean War, and the program paid his law school tuition. He graduated from law school in 1953 and practiced law at his office all the way up to 2008.

“Don’t ask me how I became a lawyer,” he said. “I don’t know. I really don’t know because I love music.”

Any interested musicians can contact Weinstein at

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