Joseph N. Rubin

Conductor & historian 


An expert on American popular music, Mr. Rubin specializes in “living history” concerts and recreating the music of 1890-1949 in a historically accurate manner. His favorite concert recreations include Victor Herbert’s 22nd Regiment Band 1897 Inaugural Grand Concert for Canton’s own President William McKinley and An Evening with Sigmund Romberg with a 40-piece concert orchestra. Mr. Rubin recently produced and conducted a concert paying tribute to Rubinoff and His Violin, one of the most popular radio stars of the 1930s, restoring original orchestrations from the archives of Grammy Award winning historian and performer Michael Feinstein. Mr. Rubin and his Orchestra completed a tour of Northern Ohio with Over There: The Music of World War One commemorating the centennial of the Armistice in November 2018. In June 2019 Mr. Rubin paid tribute to Coalton, Ohio native Isham Jones in I’ll See You In My Dreams: The Music of Isham Jones.

Mr. Rubin was appointed Curator of The Ted Lewis Museum in "the capital of the world," Circleville, Ohio in 2012.  He has since cataloged all of Ted Lewis' original music arrangements, papers, photographs, recordings and  spearheaded a renovation of the museum for its 40th Anniversary.  Mr. Rubin is the director of the new Ted Lewis Orchestra and has restored many of Lewis' manuscript arrangements from the museum's collection.

Joseph Rubin is also the founder and executive director of the Canton Comic Opera Company, a non-profit theatre company based in Canton, Ohio, dedicated to the preservation and performance of American operettas. One of the foremost experts on American operetta, Mr. Rubin has devoted his efforts to researching and restoring the masterpieces of this forgotten art form including such works as The Prince of Pilsen (1903), The Wizard of Oz (1902), The Sultan of Sulu (1902), and Madame Sherry (1910). Mr. Rubin 100th Anniversary productions of The Chocolate Soldier by Oscar Straus and Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta in Palm Beach, Florida. He has also produced and directed several successful Off-Broadway productions with the New York Musical Comedy Company. Mr. Rubin currently resides in New York City. 

Mr. Rubin has devoted many years to the study and preservation of silent films and the art of silent film accompaniment. At the age of 14, Mr. Rubin founded the Annual Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Festival at the Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon, Ohio. The festival honored Massillon’s own Lillian Gish, “the First Lady of the Silent Screen” and her sister Dorothy. Joseph Rubin was also appointed house organist at the Lincoln Theatre, a post that he held for four years. Mr. Rubin has accompanied numerous silent films with orchestra, theatre organ or piano at venues throughout the country including the Olympia Theatre in Miami, Florida, the Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and at New York University. 

Mr. Rubin has been honored with several awards for his contribution to the arts. He received a Proclamation from the State of Ohio for Outstanding Achievement and a Mayor's Citation for his Contribution to the Arts