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 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.

Part 1 featured music by Erin Busch, Matt Davis, and Jay Krush. Stay tuned for music from Immanuel Wilkins!

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).


¡CONEXIONES! Argentina

– Lo que vendrá

Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 6:00pm | Teatro Esperanza

Orchestra 2001 partnered with celebrated bandoneónist Shinjoo Cho to perform Piazzolla Centennial: Lo que vendrá (What's to come), a celebration of master composer and bandoneónist Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).

Diego Schissi’s commission generously funded by the Steven R. Gerber Trust.

APRIL 2022

The Song Catcher – presented by Lyric Fest

Song Catcher Lyric Fest Artists

April 9, 2022 | 3:00pm
The American Philosophical Society

April 10, 2022 | 3:00pm
Bryn Mawr College, Goodhart Hall

Orchestra 2001 instrumentalists will participate in this compelling Lyric Fest production. Hear new, folk-inspired works by Gregory Brown, John Conahan, Michael Djupstrom, Melissa Dunphy, Jennifer Higdon, Allen Krantz, Gilda Lyons, Robert Maggio, Jeffrey Scott, and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg. Tickets are on sale now.

JOURNEYS: Classical Movements from the African Diaspora

Part I – Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

Orchestra 2001 is pleased to announce a multi-year concert series featuring music by African-American, African, and Afro-Caribbean composers. Stay tuned for concert date and other details!

Major support for this series provided by the Anne & Gordon Getty Foundation, League of American Orchestras Futures Fund, and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

Reading Terminal Market's "Fresh Entertainment"

Hear "Ride That Train", composed and conducted by Tom Whitman, from his OUR PHILADELPHIA!


This entirely virtual program pays homage to the resilience of Reading Terminal, and the passion that Philadelphia has for its historic public market. 

Learn more about OUR PHILADELPHIA by Tom Whitman, and where you can hear it performed next!

Click here to learn more.

Part of Orchestra 2001's EMERGING MARKETS concert series. Major support provided by The William Penn Foundation.


Conexoes Brazil

Brazil Map


Co-presented by Esperanza Arts Center.  http://www.revisemysite.com/images/07-01-2021-FR-playloudly1-Esperanza_logo_png_transparent.png

Concert recording session at World Live Cafe, featuring 20th- and 21st-century music by Brazilian composers. 

Heitor Villa-Lobos – Sexteto místico
Clarice Vasconcelos Assad – The Book of Spells
Orlando Haddad – Lendas Amazônicas (Amazon Legends) premiere
Orlando Haddad’s commission generously funded by the Steven R. Gerber Trust.

PRIOR LIVESTREAM EVENTS: 6/23/2021 Teatro Esperanza  |  7/8/2021 Cherry Street Pier  |  7/23/2021 Arts Access TV

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 10am – 2pm

Get your Flower Show tickets for Family Frolic this Saturday, June 12th! While enjoying the exhibits, market, and food, experience complimentary performances by Orchestra 2001 at all corners of the marketplace.

Part of Orchestra 2001's EMERGING MARKETS concert series. Major support provided by The William Penn Foundation.

Honoring Our Ancestors and 9th Street Market


Honoring Our Ancestors

Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 8pm
outdoor concert at South Philadelphia's 9th Street Market

Part of Orchestra 2001's EMERGING MARKETS concert series. Major support provided by The William Penn Foundation.


UNHINGED with the Barnes Foundation


¡CONEXIONES!-Mexico at Teatro Esperanza

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 currently go toward employing musicians!

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

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