2017/2018 Season

THE 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON


MADNESS 'ROUND MIDNIGHT
Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts

George Crumb – Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music) (2001)
Marcantonio Barone, piano

Peter Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)  
Randall Scarlata, baritone; Jayce Ogren, conductor

Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music), the composer’s ruminations on the jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk, will feature Orchestra 2001 pianist Marcantonio Barone, chosen by Crumb to record this piece last year. Barone’s dramatic interpretation, with extended techniques both on the keyboard and inside the piano, highlights the nine-movement piece that quotes Debussy, Wagner and Strauss, and includes a dramatic “counting off” of the hours until midnight.

The one-hour program ends with a staged encore performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic 1969 monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata reprises his theatrical, tour de force role of King George in this rarely heard, cult contemporary music classic.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
10:00 PM 
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$25 Standard / $15 Students & under 25 (with ID)


ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND continues!  
Enjoy free concerts featuring music by Composer/Conservationist John Luther Adams in Philadelphia Green Spaces, made possible by a "New Audiences/New Places" grant from the William Penn Foundation.

INUKSUIT, at Schuylkill Banks Park

Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “One of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life,” John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit is played by dozens of percussionists and piccolo players dispersed in large outdoor areas, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shell horns, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017  
(September 24th raindate)
12:00 PM, noon 
https://www.schuylkillbanks.org/
FREE & family friendly public performance 

ACROSS THE DISTANCE, at Race Street Pier on the Delaware River WaterfrontAcross The Distance group photo by Sharon Torello

Join Orchestra 2001 at Race Street Pier for the US premiere of composer / environmentalist John Luther Adams’ Across the Distance for dozens of French horns in an outdoor space.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
(October 8th raindate)
Two performances at 
12:00 noon & 1:00 PM
Performances are about 25 minutes long

Race Street Pier by the Ben Franklin Bridge
Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia 19106
FREE & family friendly public performance 


Steven Mackey's SLIDE with actor/singer Rinde Eckert

“Through a merging of rock and classical, the stylistic sliding is powerful and impressive.” – LA Times

"SLIDE is a character study of Renard, a psychologist played by Rinde Eckert, as told by a narrator/guitarist played by Steven Mackey. The musicians of Orchestra 2001 are a chamber group that Renard looks forward to rehearsing with every Thursday evening. They also serve variously as Renard’s imagined subjects or other phantoms within the protagonist's curious world and psyche. The music is a dish for musical omnivores and while the ingredients have been diced quite finely (and there is no quotation), the songs are seasoned with homages to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles."
– Steven Mackey

Steven Mackey, narrator/composer/guitarist
Rinde Eckert, librettist/actor/singer
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Mark DeChiazza, director
Keithlyn Parkman, lighting designer

CLICK HERE for program notes.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
8:00 pm
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University
Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ 08540
Free and open to the public

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
7:00 pm
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
$35 Adult / $25 Senior / $15 Students

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
7:00 pm
National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
$34 at door / $32.77 Advance GA / $24.58 Group (4+)


ZAPPA CONCERTS

Orchestra 2001 presents the Philadelphia premiere of the genre-defying compositions from The Yellow Shark, in the 25th anniversary year of the album’s release and of Zappa’s death. The 16 pieces that comprise this program were described by Zappa as the best representation of his orchestral works. In a program at World Cafe Live the week before, Orchestra 2001 pairs Zappa’s chamber music with contemporary classical composers who were most influential to his development: Edgard Varèse, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, and Pierre Boulez.

Zappa's Radical Classical Roots

World Cafe Live
Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 7:00 pm

Celebrating Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm
There will be an informal pre-concert panel discussion at 6:30 pm.


Major support has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


Orchestra 2001 presents
Amy Sue Barston 
solo cello micro-concert

Amy Sue Barston

Learn more about Amy Sue Barston HERE

François Rabbath  Pouch-Dass
Adam Silverman  There Comes My Heart
Giovanni Sollima – Lamentatio
George Crumb  Sonata for Solo Violoncello
          II: Tema pastorale con variazioni
György Ligeti  Sonate
          I. Dialogo: slow, free, singing
          II. Capriccio: fast with enthusiasm
Mark Summer  Julie-O

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018
7:00 PM 
waR3house3
100 Park Ave, WH-3, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Admission $10. Tickets sold at door.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the performance.


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