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 continues its annual ¡CONEXIONES! series at Esperanza Arts Center this season featuring music by Cuban and Cuban-American composers. Get tickets to attend in-person at the teatro, or view the livestream!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022  |  7:30 PM

Teatro Esperanza
4261 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia 19140
(Directions & Parking)

Find Esperanza’s current COVID safety policies HERE.

Generously 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. The American Hats Factory Showroom event is funded in part by PNC Arts Alive and William Penn Foundation as part of the EMERGING MARKETS concert series.

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)

American Songbook I – A Cycle of Hymns, Spirituals, and Revival Tunes

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.

Obituary from The New York Times.

"One More River"

"Amazing Grace"

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. Orchestra 2001 will honor the great gifts that he has given us by continuing to share his awe-inspiring music with audiences near and far.

In The Key of L: Music Along SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line

AN ONGOING CONCERT SERIES – Launched in Fall 2021

Funded in large part by the Presser Foundation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

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!

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!


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


presented by Lyric Fest

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

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

Orchestra 2001 instrumentalists participated in this compelling Lyric Fest 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.



– 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


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.


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 recent Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors and Partners: