Dino Anagnost, Who Led Little Orchestra Society, Dies at 67 By MARGALIT FOX
By MARGALIT FOX
Published: April 3, 2011
Dino Anagnost, the longtime conductor of the Little Orchestra Society, the highly regarded New York chamber orchestra that presents concerts for children and adults, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 67.
Ruby Washington/The New York Times
Dino Anagnost conducting in 2010.
His death, from cancer, was announced by the orchestra.
Founded in 1947 by Thomas K. Scherman, the Little Orchestra Society was conceived as a diminutive counterweight to the huge symphony orchestras that were then the norm in American concert halls. Its mission was twofold: to present early music with an ensemble of historically appropriate size, and to make contemporary music known to a wider public.
Mr. Anagnost (pronounced ANN-ug-nahst), who succeeded Mr. Scherman as music director in 1979, conducted the orchestra in more than a thousand public concerts, appearing at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall and elsewhere. The repertory encompassed children’s perennials like Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and 21st-century music for adults.
Known as an innovative programmer, Mr. Anagnost inaugurated several concert series for adults — including Sound Discoveries, devoted to seldom-performed modern works, and Vivaldi’s Venice — as well as several for children, including Lolli-Pops and Happy Concerts for Young People.
Among the soloists, perhaps the most unusual was Billie Jean King, who appeared with the orchestra in a 1988 children’s concert in which she played the timpani by bouncing tennis balls off them.
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