Joseph Rubin is the founder and director of the new Ted Lewis Orchestra.  One of the leading interpreters of American popular song, he has portrayed Ted Lewis, Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor in performances in New York and across the country to critical acclaim. In his research on Ted Lewis, Mr. Rubin discovered Ted’s original orchestrations in the basement of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio where they laid untouched since his death in 1971.  Mr. Rubin was appointed Curator of Music for the museum in 2012, cataloging and restoring the hundreds of manuscript orchestrations for use by the new Ted Lewis Orchestra.  All of the arrangements played by the Ted Lewis Orchestra are original historic arrangements from this collection that have not been played in over 50 years.

A native of Canton, Ohio (the same state as Ted Lewis), Mr. Rubin is in demand as a conductor and silent film accompanist.  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. Founded in 2003, the Canton Comic Opera Company is the only company in the world dedicated solely to the performance of historic operettas.