The Little Orchestra Society Presents 'Music Under the Big Top', 12/10

The Little Orchestra Society presents Music Under the Big Top, an evening of entertainment and musical acrobatics for audiences of all ages at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on December 10, 2013. This first of its kind program for The Little Orchestra Society, conducted and co-hosted by new Music Director James Judd, will feature the Orchestra performing an eclectic array of classic and contemporary pieces in the ring of the Big Apple Circus joined by the talented violinist and composer Daniel Roumain. See Judd andRoumain discuss the upcoming concert on The Little Orchestra Society's YouTube Channel:

"I am tremendously excited to make my debut as Music Director of The Little Orchestra Society with this particular concert," said Judd. "This performance is the Orchestra's own high-wire act - an exciting venture out of the concert hall and into unconventional spaces. As a conductor, it is a rare treat to take these kinds of risks to enhance the music and add elements of surprise for the audience."

Guest soloist Daniel Roumain, a violinist, composer, recording artist, and educator will perform his own Woodbox Violin Concerto in its New York City premiere. Roumain is widely recognized for compositions and performances that blend cultural, ethnic and stylistic boundaries creating contemporary sounds that attract a wide range of audiences.

This concert reunites Judd and Roumain - the two have a 20-year history going back to Roumain's time as a student at the Dillard High School for the Performing Arts in Sunrise, Florida. As a student, Roumain participated in the Florida Philharmonic's education program as an intern in the Box Office and administrative offices. He was mentored by Judd, Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic at the time.

"It was a unique situation in that throughout the day, I was able to attend rehearsals, watch James and really learn about the world of the Orchestra from the box office to management to the artists and musicians," said Roumain. "I remember the excitement of having James looking over one of my very early scores at the time. "

"Daniel was and remains an extraordinary talent, both as a violinist and composer. As a young man, he came into rehearsals of the Orchestra whenever he was able, and seemed to have a great curiosity and musical intelligence. It is thrilling to be reunited in this manner," said Judd.

The two collaborated again in 1994 when Roumain's composition Haitian Essay was performed by Judd and the Florida Philharmonic at the Broward Center whileRoumain was just a university student.

"The educational mission of The Little Orchestra Society and creativity of this institution are what really drew me to participate in this program, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with James again and perform with the Orchestra," said Roumain.

The Little Orchestra Society will take the audience on a carnival-esque musical extravaganza with familiar favorites by Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Strauss, John Philip Sousa and Julius Fu?ík, as well as a diverse program of works by contemporary masters including Samuel Barlow, David Little, Igor Stravinsky and guest soloist and composer, Daniel Roumain. Crowd favorite upbeat circus marches, known as "screamers," will also be prominently featured in the program.

"We are proud to share this venue for the first time with our longstanding friends at The Big Apple Circus. Music Under the Big Top is a whole new experience for The Little Orchestra Society and for its audience - the setting, the program and the conducting debut of James Judd as Music Director - marks a new chapter of experimenting and innovating for the Orchestra that will appeal to all," said Joanne Bernstein-Cohen, Executive Director.

Co-hosting the evening will be Tony Roberts, an award-winning film and theatre actor, known for his work in Woody Allen films. Judd and Roberts will narrate the 80-minute program with captivating stories of the circus and the festive music that audiences have come to love and identify with the magic of the big top.

Following the performance, The Little Orchestra Society will host a benefit event in the Rotunda Tent. Kathryn Korte; and LOS Board Members Dr. Christine Wheeler; Brigid and William S. Ohlemeyer; and Carol and Chuck Schaefer are the Benefit Co-Chairs. At the benefit, The Little Orchestra Society will honor WilLiam Craig, III, the Chair Emeritus of The Little Orchestra Society and long-time New York City real estate broker; and Robert B. Morrison, Founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, one of the nation's leading arts education research and intelligence organization.

"Music Under the Big Top will help us continue to share classical music in bold, new ways with New York audiences while also supporting our music education and community engagement programs," said Bernstein-Cohen.

Music education programming has been a centerpiece of Judd's career. In 2008, he founded the Miami Music Project which provides education, instruction and performance opportunities for hundreds of children, based on the "El Sistema" model. The Little Orchestra Society's Musical Connections: The School Partnership ProgramTM, which brings music education to children with a range of musical skills in public school classrooms, will be buoyed by Judd's experience and input.

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Concert and Ticket Information:

Music Under the Big Top: A Concert and Benefit

December 10, 2013, 7:30pm

Presented in the Big Apple Circus Tent in Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center

James Judd, Conductor, Co-Host and Debut as Music Director

Daniel Roumain, Violin

Tony Roberts, Co-Host

Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center - 175 West 62nd Street

Tickets: $25 - $65

Contact: The Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500 or Please call to inquire about the benefit after the performance.

Media Opportunities to cover the performance and/or dress rehearsal (2pm, Dec 10) are available.


Igor Stravinsky - Circus Polka

David T. Little - Screamer

Johann Strauss - Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Daniel Roumain - Woodbox Violin Concerto

Samuel L. Barlow - Circus Overture

Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 94 in G Major "Surprise"

Johann Strauss - Thunder and Lightning Polka

John Philip Sousa - Stars and Stripes

Julius Fu?ík - Entry of the Gladiators

About The Little Orchestra Society®

The Little Orchestra Society entering its 66th season, performed its inaugural concert at The Town Hall on October 20, 1947, and has since been devoted to performing innovative concerts of classical music for audiences of all ages. The Orchestra performs dynamic repertoire using multiple art forms with a variety of artists to create meaningful musical experiences for today's audiences. The 2013-14 season marks the stArt James Judd's role as the new Music Director of The Little Orchestra Society. Mr. Judd is an internationally acclaimed conductor, artist of outstanding versatility and educator. His debut as Music Director will be on December 10 when he conducts Music Under the Big Top, an evening concert and benefit, at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center. He is the third Music Director of The Little Orchestra Society in its 66-year history.

The Orchestra productions include the crowd-favorite Lolli-PopsTM series for children ages 3 to 5, the Peabody Award-winning Happy Concerts for Young People for children ages 6 to 12, and the adult concerts Vivaldi's Venice and Sound Discoveries® series, as well as Cathedral Concerts - Great Music Under a Byzantine Dome®.

The Orchestra has given many important premieres, more than 65 throughout its history, and launched the careers of major musical talents in its concert programming for adult audiences. Past guest artists include iconic rock star Patti Smith as narrator in Tubby The Tuba; Academy-Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver as narrator in Music Takes Flight; actor James Earl Jones and world renowned violinist Mark O'Connor in Honest Abe: Four Scores and More; violinist Lara St. John and guitarist Sharon Isbin in the critically-acclaimed Vivaldi's Venice series; the popular children's book author Daniel Handler as Lemony Snicket narrating the New York Premiere of The Composer is Dead; and soprano Angela Meade in the exquisite Candlelight Cathedral Concerts; and many more.

The Little Orchestra Society is also committed to music education and public service. Last season alone its public service programs, Musical Connections: The School Partnership Program®, Live in Concert! and Project 65Plus brought music education and live concert experiences to 12,000 New York City public school children, families and seniors. Participants attend LOS concerts without charge. These important public service and music education programs are vital to the Orchestra's mission and vision.

About James Judd, Music Director

British conductor James Judd's music directorships have included the New Zealand Symphony, a groundbreaking 14 years at the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and now The Little Orchestra Society of New York. During his eight years as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony, Judd garnered acclaim for his recordings with the orchestra, including works by Copland, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin and many others. He brought the orchestra to international renown through appearances at many festivals, and led the orchestra on its first tour of the major concert halls of Europe, culminating with the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille in France.

James Judd's live recordings of Mahler's Symphonies No. 9 with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and No. 10 with the European Community Youth Orchestra were enthusiastically received, and his performance of Elgar's Symphony No. 1 with the Hallé Orchestra is still a highly-regarded reference standard among conductors today. The most recent addition to his discography is a recording with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on the Decca label.

Mr. Judd came to international attention as the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. Four years later, he returned to Europe after being appointed Associate Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado, an ensemble in which he continues to serve as honorary Artistic Director.

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