Orchestra 2001 (O2001) 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.


Show your support for Orchestra 2001 by making a donation of any size between Giving Tuesday and December 31st!  We're planning an incredible season of music at Philadelphia's Cherry Street Pier and beyond. Your gift helps  keep concerts free for all.


Recent events:

¡Conexiones!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019; short programs at 5:30pm & 7:00pm
Hunting Park Recreation Center (red-roofed picnic pavillion)

Mark Loria, conductor

George Crumb – The River of Life

Friday, September 20, 2019; 7:30 - 8:30pm
Cherry Street Pier

Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano; Mark Loria, conductor

Read the article in the Broad Street Review.

2001: A Space Odyssey, for Movie Monday

Monday, September 30, 2019; 6:30pm
Cherry Street Pier

We host our namesake, Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic film. Prior to the movie, there will be a short performance of Stop Speaking for snare drum and laptop computer,  by Andy Akiho, featuring Orchestra 2001 percussionist Phillip O'Banion – our smaller version of "Open the pod bay doors, HAL" or "man vs. computer." 

Ghost Ship, Waterfront Arts Debut Installation

Ghost ShipStarting October 4th

Friday, October 4 to  Sunday, November 3, 2019
Wednesdays through Sundays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

DRWC is excited to welcome the Waterfront Arts light and water hologram Ghost Ship , October 4 through November 3 at neighboring Race Street Pier. Later in the month, visit our studio to create your own "ghost music" on our theramin!

PIER PRESSURE – featuring resident artists of Cherry Street Pier.

Saturday, October 26, 2019; 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free at Cherry Street Pier, 2nd Floor Terrace

Music, art, and a short film about the Delaware River come together in a spontaneous collaboration featuring five resident artists of Cherry Street Pier.

Rene Orth – Track End  (world premiere)

Jay Krush, conductor

Coming to Cherry Street Pier in Spring 2020.
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Visit us at our home on the Delaware River Waterfront!

"Cherry Street Pier is Philly's Best New Thing"
– Philadelphia Magazine (2018)

"Best Public Space"
– 2019 Best of Philly



The COMPOSER AT WORK window will feature dozens of Philadelphia-area and visiting composers, and musicians of all ages and genres; they will have a chance to work on site and present their music to audiences at the Pier and elsewhere in Philadelphia. Supported by generous grants from the Barra Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. 


¡CONEXIONES! – Orchestra 2001's multi-year exploration of the rich traditions of contemporary classical music from Latin America – continues in Year 2 with the music of Puerto Rico. Composer Roberto Sierra will be in Philadelphia for a micro-residency and the premiere of his newly commissioned work, Canciones de amor (Love Songs), for soprano and string quartet, based on the poetry of the legendary Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos.

Final concert: Teatro Esperanza on Saturday, April 25, 2020, 7:30pm.


Our concerts would not be possible without the support of Individual Donors!


Orchestra 2001 thanks its Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors and Partners: