James Judd makes his debut as The Little Orchestra Society's musical director at Music Under the Big Top.
Conductor James Judd makes his debut as The Little Orchestra Society's musical director at Music Under the Big Top.
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The Little Orchestra Society has announced that it will present Music Under the Big Top, an evening of high-flying music for audiences of all ages, at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell on December 10. The event will feature James Judd in his debut as the Little Orchestra Society's new musical director, and violinist and composer Daniel Roumain. Two-time Tony Award nominee Tony Roberts will cohost with Judd.

The program for Music Under the Big Top will include a selection of carnivalesque musical favorites by Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Strauss, John Philip Sousa, and Julius Fučík, 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.

"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."

The Little Orchestra Society has been performing innovative concerts of classical music for audiences of all ages since 1947.

A benefit for The Little Orchestra Society will follow the show.

For tickets to Music Under the Big Top, click here.

For information about purchasing tickets to the benefit, click here.