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.

COMING SOON...

composer Justinian Tamusuza and leading African ethnomusicologist, Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza.

ENGOMA ENTEERA: 
Classical Music from Uganda

Throughout 2023 and 2024, we will be joined by the husband-wife team of composer Justinian Tamusuza and leading African ethnomusicologist, Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza. With support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, they will share a cross-continental, virtual/live composer residency from Uganda, prior to visiting Philadelphia in 2024.

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. Stay tuned for more information about our first public concert for this exciting series (early April 2023), conducted by Na’Zir McFadden.

Birth Of the Cool Album Art Miles Davis

BIRTH OF THE COOL

In Spring 2023, we will present the local premiere of the iconic Miles Davis/Gil Evans Birth of the Cool fusion of mid-century jazz and classical genres, approximately 75 years after the music’s creation. The history of this ground-breaking musical hybrid was relayed directly by Orchestra 2001 guest composer/conductor and original Birth of the Cool musician, the late Gunther Schuller, who described its evolution during informal sessions with classical and jazz artists in the late 1940s, in Gil Evans’ basement apartment. The results forged new directions for jazz and classical music that influenced decades of artists in concert halls, jazz clubs, and film scores.

Composer George Crumb - Agnus Dei (Peace sign) Score

GEORGE CRUMB:
Scores at an Exhibition

Supported by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, 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. These 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 the Slought Foundation, Esperanza Arts, and Cherry Street Pier.  Crumb’s brilliant “Metamorphoses, 10 Fantasies for Amplified Piano, Book 2” (2020) will be performed by the performer 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.”

PAST PROGRAMS:

¡CONEXIONES! CUBA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022  |  7:30 PM
Teatro Esperanza

Mark Loria, conductor

Ernesto Abelardo Valdés – Almendra
Tania León – Toque
Ileana Pérez Velázquez – Zunzun
Leo Brouwer – La Niña Bonita
Paquito D'Rivera – Preludio y Merengue

Visit the concert page to learn more.

This program is funded by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

 

Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022  |  7:30 PM
American Hats Factory Showroom

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022  |  7:30 PM
African American Museum in Philadelphia

Na’Zir McFadden, conductor
Elizabeth Steiner, harp

William Grant Still — Summerland 
Undine Smith Moore — Afro-American Suite
Duke Ellington — Single Petal of a Rose
     (Elizabeth Steiner, harp)
George Walker — Lyric for Strings
Valerie Coleman — Portraits of Langston
Jessie Montgomery — Source Code

Visit the concert page to learn more.

"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.

On Wednesday, May 25, the Arts + Business Council hosted its 37th annual Arts + Business Council Awards ceremony to honor three organizations for their respective impacts on inspiring a brighter and more inclusive future for the City: 

Orchestra 2001, Visit Philadelphia, and The Barnes Foundation.


Article by Jensen Toussaint for Al Día.

America's Folk Music Transformed: George Crumb's The River of Life (2003)

Orchestra 2001 ensemble rehearsing at Xavier University.

April 20, 2022 | 12:00 pm (noon)
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

April 22, 2022 | 10:00 am
Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

This tour is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras' Futures Fund.

Remembering GEORGE CRUMB

Orchestra 2001 mourns the loss of our dear friend, George Crumb (October 24, 1929 – February 6, 2022). He passed away on Sunday at his home in Media, Pa, at the age of 92. His family was at his side. George was a trailblazing composer who leaves behind an incomparable legacy of stunningly brilliant music. His relentless exploration of “sounds” – the myriad colors achievable by instrumental and vocal performers – allowed him to evoke every imaginable emotion. His music could be heavenly or hilarious, haunting or terrifying, and everything in between. In addition, his hand-notated scores were like works of modern art, worthy of a museum exhibit. George attended our performance of The River of Life at Cherry Street Pier on September 20, 2019, presenting a pre-concert talk. Those of us that had the joy of working closely with George for many years will remember his scholarly insights, his sense of humor, and his endearing humility. 

Obituary from The New York Times.


"One More River"

"Amazing Grace"

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.

Part 1 featured music by Erin Busch, Matt Davis, and Jay Krush. 

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).

Reading Terminal Market's "Fresh Entertainment"

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

Tom Whitman conducting Orchestra 2001 at Reading Terminal

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.

 

Song Catcher Lyric Fest Artists

THE SONG CATCHER

presented by Lyric Fest

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

April 10, 2022 | 3:00pm | Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Orchestra 2001 participated in this compelling production, featuring 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. 


Orchestra 2001's participation in "The Song Catcher" funded by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.


  

¡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.


Conexoes Brazil

Brazil Map

CONEXÕES BRAZIL

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

Click here to learn more.


PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW

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

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.


STREAM THIS MUSIC ANYTIME – FREE

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 recent Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors and Partners: