Obituary: Maxine Graber, co-founder of Florida’s Atlantic Classical Orchestra, 93

Posted on: May 8, 2015

“When conductor Andrew McMullen realized that the Stuart and Jensen Beach region of Florida was in need of culture, the first person he rang up was Maxine Graber,” writes Howard Cohen in Tuesday’s (5/5) Miami Herald. Graber died at age 93 on May 1. “In 1990, she was already a grandmother…. Graber and McMullen founded The Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She would serve as its managing director until 2000…. Now in its 25th season, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra … on Florida’s Treasure Coast [performs] concerts around the state and regularly in Palm Beach County. In 2009, a new partnership was forged with Miami’s Dranoff International Two Piano Competition to perform education programs in schools throughout South Florida…. In 1977, the [Graber] family moved from Buffalo to Stuart where she danced with the Fabulous Footnotes, a tap-dancing troupe that landed her one time on the Radio City Music Hall stage. At the Delray Beach retirement community she had moved to later, Abbey Delray, she created the Dancing Walkers group and Abbey Tappers…. ‘Music was a very strong part of her life,’ said her son Woody.” Graber is also survived by her son Jeffrey; her husband predeceased her in 2013.

Posted May 8, 2015