Since 1947, The Little Orchestra Society has been challenging and inspiring the imaginations of children (though it also has performances for adult audiences). Through active participation, LOS exposes youngsters to classical, contemporary, jazz and the music of many international cultures. At concerts, young people learn about musical structure, rhythm and dynamics; the lives and times of the great composers; and the relationship among music, opera, dance and theater. Concert series are geared toward specific age groups. James Judd became the third music director in the orchestra's history in June 2013, filling the role of the late Dino Anagnost, who led the orchestra from 1979 until his death in 2011.
Most of the society's concerts take place at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.
Programs for Seniors
Project 65Plus, a senior outreach and continuing education program, distributes free tickets to area senior centers to support the orchestra’s commitment to life-long learning. On-site, pre-concert learning seminars are offered to centers attending performances to enhance their experience.
Lolli-Pops Concerts (ages 3 to 5): Bow the Panda, Toot the Bird, Buzz the Bee and Bang the Lion, each representing a different section of the orchestra, playfully assist the maestro in teaching the ABC's of music. Youngsters conduct the orchestra, play along on toy trumpets and tambourines, and take home coloring materials. Performances are held at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues). Subway: 6 to 68th Street.
Happy Concerts for Young People (ages 5 to 12): A concert series brings together acrobats, clowns, jugglers, dancers and a remarkable children's chorus, along with the gifted musicians of the Little Orchestra Society. Performances have included Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Four Seasons and Babes in Toyland at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Subway: 1 to 65th Street.
LOS offers tickets free-of-charge to Grandparents as Caregivers groups for its family concert series.
Preschool and elementary grades are invited to attend the Lolli-Pops concerts (ages 3 to 5) at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and Happy Concerts for Young People (ages 6 to 12) at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. School groups can attend full dress rehearsals and participate in artist residency programs. High school students attend Sound Discoveries and Vivaldi's Venice concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, with specially designed curriculum-integrated programs. For information on programs, call or write the Director of Education.