Orchestra 2001 is a collective of adventurous, virtuoso performers dedicated to the music of our time. The ensemble strives to be an international leader in connecting diverse audiences with the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries, engaging new listeners through exhilarating concerts, innovative artistic collaborations, and enriching community partnerships in Philadelphia and beyond.

Orchestra 2001 will be the resident musical ensemble
at the new Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware Riverfront!

Cherry Street Pier Platform Rendering, Credit: Groundswell Design Group

Cherry Street Pier During Construction, Credit: Matt Stanley

Cherry Street Pier Studios Rendering (Orchestra 2001 will occupy #10, Ground Floor on the end), Credit: Groundswell Design Group

This arts hub on Philadelphia’s burgeoning waterfront opens on October 12thand will serve as our new office, rehearsal studio, and collaborative performance space. Visitors will have opportunities to see musicians and composers at work, all while enjoying food, drink, and visiting artists in the ever-changing exhibits and markets on the Pier.

We are especially excited to announce the November 1st arrival of our “Composer At Work” window at our Pier studio, funded by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, where dozens of Philadelphia-area composers of all ages and genres will have a chance to work on site, and present their music to new audiences. 


Stay Tuned for More News About our 2018-19 Season!

October 2018 – Opening of the new Cherry Street Pier

November 11,  2018 – Jayce Ogren, conducting

January 27, 2019 – Women’s Movement – music by Philadelphia-area women composers

January 29, 2019 – The Big Bang! – music for percussion ensemble

Spring 2019 – Composers At Work events at Cherry Street Pier

May 2019 – ¡Conexiones! – music by Mexican and Mexican-American composers

Early June 2019 – Orchestra 2001 Gala, conducted by Jayce Ogren, featuring Benjamin Wenzelberg, countertenor and composer

Dates and programs subject to change.

Orchestra 2001 presented two epic concerts in April 2018 at World Cafe Live and The Fillmore Philadelphia. The concerts celebrated Frank Zappa's genre-defying classical compositions from The Yellow Shark and works by his greatest influences: Edgard Varèse, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, and Pierre Boulez. Major Support for this project was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Learn more at orchestra2001.org/zappa.

Jayce Ogren conducting Orchestra 2001 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 4/28/2018, Photo: David Cimetta

Orchestra 2001 performing "Pentagon Afternoon" with toy ray guns, Photo: David Cimetta

Elizabeth Steiner, harpist, performing "Pound for a Brown/Excercise #4", Photo: David Cimetta

Watch highlights from the Philadelphia premiere of composer/environmentalist John Luther Adams' INUKSUIT on the grounds of The Barnes Foundation.

This concert is part of ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND, a free public concert series in Philadelphia Green Spaces that also included Bartram's Garden, Schuylkill Banks Park, and Race Street Pier. These performances were made possible by a “New Audiences/New Places” grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Orchestra 2001 performing INUKSUIT  at Bartram's Garden,  4/23/2017, Photo: Sharon Torello

Orchestra 2001 thanks its Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors!