“I frankly don’t see a big difference between the life of a cat and the life of me,” says Dorian Rence as we follow her into the tunnels of New York City and on to the stage of The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Currently in her 40th year with the Philharmonic, Dorian Rence was the 7th woman to join at age 22 in 1976. “Feral Love” tracks Dorian’s rise through the elite classical music world and her descent into the bowels of the city to care for some of the neediest among us. Crazy cat lady? You decide.

“A must-see film for any music, animal or cat lover!”

– Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals


“Truly inspritational and so very touching. Dorian has restored my faith in humanity.”

– Glenn Dicterow, Concert Master,
New York Philharmonic 1980 – 2014

“A touching portrayal of a great artist and her love of cats. 4 PAWS UP!”

– Neighborhood Cats


Performing the three main musical themes of “Feral Love” are 7 members of The New York Philharmonic:

  • Eric Bartlett (cello)
  • Lisa Kim (violin)
  • Eileen Moon (cello)
  • Orin O’Brien (bass)
  • Dorian Rence (viola)
  • Fiona Simon (violin)
  • Rebecca Young (viola).

The three compostitions are:

  • Piano Concerto in G Major (2nd Movement – Adagio assai) by Maurice Ravel, Arranged for string sextet by Eric Bartlett
  • “Spirit of Gentleness” by James K. Manley Arranged for strings by Eric Bartlett
  • Viola Concerto in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann

Clarinet pieces are from 1963 recordings of Dorian Rence’s father, Richard Rence performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26.