James Judd named music director of Little Orchestra Society

Posted on: June 5, 2013

In Monday’s (6/3) New York Times ArtsBeat blog, Allan Kozinn writes that British conductor James Judd has been named the next music director of the Little Orchestra Society, which presents concerts for young audiences and is based in New York City. “He succeeds Dino Anagnost, who led the orchestra from 1979 until his death in 2011, and is the third director in the ensemble’s history…. Mr. Judd, 63, began his career as an assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel at the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1970s, and in addition to his positions [as music director of the Florida Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra] he has been the associate music director of Claudio Abbado’s European Community Youth Orchestra, and was a founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.… In addition to its regular concerts the Little Orchestra Society performs in public school classrooms around New York. Mr. Judd … founded the Miami Music Project, which offers music instruction and performing opportunities to students. Mr. Judd’s tenure began officially on Saturday, although in practical terms it begins when the orchestra starts its new season with a performance of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird,’ with Asian puppetry, dance and special lighting, at the New York City Center on Nov. 23 and 24.”

Posted June 5, 2013