- The Little Orchestra Society
The Little Orchestra Society is an American orchestra based in
New York City. It was founded in 1947 by Thomas Scherman, who served as its conductor until his death in 1979. Since 1979, the conductor has been Dino Anagnost. Its membership has ranged between 45 and 60 musicians. The orchestra's name is borrowed from The Little Orchestra of London, which was formed by Felix Mendelssohnduring the Bach Revival.
Its first concert took place at Town Hall in Manhattan on October 27, 1947. In 1959 the orchestra toured to eight Asian countries including Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, and Japan, performing the music of
Henry Cowell. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,864599,00.html?promoid=googlep]
The orchestra has given 65 world premieres (by composers including
Franz Schubert, Douglas Moore, and David Diamond), and more than 175 U.S. and New York premieres by such composers as Antonio Vivaldi, John Corigliano, and Christopher Rouse.
* [http://www.littleorchestra.org/about.html Official site]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,864599,00.html?promoid=googlep "Time" magazine article]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE4DF1538F932A15753C1A961948260 "The New York Times" article]
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