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.
ENGOMA ENTEERA: Classical Music from Uganda
Justinian Tamusuza, composer
Na'Zir McFadden, conductor
Wednesday, September 13, 2023; 7:30 pm
Cherry Street Pier
121 N. Columbus Boulvard, Philadelphia 19106
Free admission or pay-as-you-wish!
Thursday, September 14, 2023; 7:30 pm
801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia 19143 (48th and Baltimore Avenue, West Philadelphia)
Free admission or pay-as-you-wish!
Abaana Bange for soprano sax, marimba, and electric guitar
Baakisimba Zitujja [Premiere] for prepared harp, marimba, maracas, ankle bells, clapping, and pitched drums
Mu Kkubo Ery 'Omusaalaba for string orchestra
In 2023/2024, we will be joined by the husband-wife team of composer Justinian Tamusuza and leading African ethnomusicologist, Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza who will share a cross-continental, virtual/live composer residency from Uganda, prior to visiting Philadelphia in June 2024 for concerts including at the Cathedral Basilica.
Described as “an African Bartók,” Justinian was trained in both Kiganda (Ugandan) folk music and Western classical music, receiving his doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University. He will compose several new pieces for Orchestra 2001’s musicians, using extended instrumental techniques, microtones, and polyrhythms that marry contemporary classical music and traditional Kiganda folk music.
ENGOMA ENTEERA has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
¡CONEXIONES! PUERTO RICO
Mark Loria, conductor
Martha Guth, soprano
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2023
Roberto Sierra – Bongo-O
Angélica Negrón – Tembleque, Quimbombó
Roberto Sierra – Canciones de amor (World Premiere)
Sonia Morales-Matos – Fiesta
This evening of colorful new music from Puerto Rico will include the premiere of composer Roberto Sierra’s Canciones de amor, based on four poems by Julia de Burgos, featuring soprano Martha Guth; and music by composer/multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón.
This concert funded in large part by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Steven R. Gerber Trust.
Major support from:
Launched during the pandemic, EMERGING MARKETS is an ongoing series of informal musical events presented where Philadelphians shop, work, and play. Aimed at breaking down barriers to attendance, Orchestra 2001 tailors performances for markets and businesses in all corners of Philadelphia.
EMERGING MARKETS was honored with a 2022 Arts + Business Council Award alongside programs by Visit Philadelphia and The Barnes Foundation.
GEORGE CRUMB: Scores at an Exhibition
WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 | 7:30 PM
FREE STUDENT EVENT: Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 2:45 PM | Teatro Esperanza, 4261 N. 5th Street, Phila. 19140
Fall 2023 – On exhibition at Cherry Street Pier
GEORGE CRUMB: SCORES AT AN EXHIBITION will explore Philadelphia’s well-known contemporary composer (1929-2022) and long-time Orchestra 2001 collaborator, in a visual arts setting. His stunning visual scores are works of art, and presenting them in a gallery context allows for a more complete appreciation of these masterpieces.
Exhibits of Crumb’s scores will be followed by performances of several of his chamber music works at Slought, Esperanza Arts, and Cherry Street Pier. Crumb’s brilliant “Metamorphoses, 10 Fantasies for Amplified Piano, Book 2” (2020) will be performed by the musician he wrote it for, Orchestra 2001 pianist Marcantonio Barone, presented with images of the works of art that influenced Crumb’s modern take on “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Supported by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
BIRTH OF THE COOL
FIRST PERFORMANCE: (SOLD OUT!)
A history-making jazz ensemble with humble beginnings in a basement apartment below a laundromat on Manhattan’s West 55th Street... the 12 tunes resulting from that collaboration of jazz and classical giants are a collector’s classic, and forged decades of new directions in concert halls, jazz clubs, and film scores. This performance will feature Orchestra 2001’s jazz players, including eight leading musicians from The Philly Pops.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Mark Loria, conductor
Ernesto Abelardo Valdés – Almendra
This program is funded by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
Na’Zir McFadden, conductor
Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022 | 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 | 7:30 PM
William Grant Still — Summerland
"Harlem Renaissance and Beyond" is part of Orchestra 2001's JOURNEYS series, funded by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the League of American Orchestras' Futures Fund. American Hats Factory Showroom event is funded in part by PNC Arts Alive and William Penn Foundation as part of EMERGING MARKETS.
In The Key of L: Music Along SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line
Orchestra 2001 will feature musical compositions by Philadelphia composers in pop-up concerts at train stops, parking lots, businesses, murals, and parks along the 45-minute SEPTA route that cuts across dozens of diverse communities.
Funded in large part by the Presser Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
From left to right: Orchestra 2001 performaces at CHOP Karabots campus (West Philadelphia), the "Love Lot" (Kensington), and 30th Street Station (University City).
STREAM THIS MUSIC ANYTIME – FREE
Orchestra 2001 is Ensemble-In-Residence
at Cherry Street Pier
The COMPOSER AT WORK window features Philadelphia-area and visiting composers, and musicians of all ages and genres. Participants work on site and present their music to audiences at Cherry Street Pier and elsewhere in Philadelphia. Funded by generous grants from the Barra Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
100% individual donations support performances
Our concerts would not be possible without the support of Individual Donors!
Orchestra 2001 thanks its recent Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors and Partners: