The Little Orchestra Society was founded in 1947 to present the medium of the chamber orchestra to the public. The orchestra offers an abundance of programs and events tailored for children, as evidenced by its engaging Happy Concerts and Lolli-Pops series. These programs feature music such as Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. The Society also provides free tickets to seniors, families, and students through its Live In Concert! and Project 65Plus programs, in addition to the Partnership program with New York City schools.
- Venues: Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza); Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue); Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (319 East 74 Street); Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza); The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue)
- Public Transportation: Depends on venue, but generally very good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for all locations
- Performances/Programs: Adult Concerts; Happy Concerts (Ages 6-12)–6 performances, three programs; Lolli-Pops (Ages 3-5)–20 performances, five programs
- Ticket Prices: Range from $12–$50 depending on event and seating selection
- Subscriptions: Happy Concerts 3-Concert Subscription ($36–$120); Lolli-Pops 3-Concert Series ($45–$90) and 5-Concert Subscription ($75–$125)
- Maestro Circle: Three Lolli-Pops concerts $400 per person; three Happy Concerts $500 per person; five Lolli-Pops concerts $800 per person. Membership does not include the price of concert tickets. Benefits include program recognition, preferred seating, post-concert receptions, and no processing/ticket exchange fees.