2022/2023 Season

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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.

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

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


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

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.”

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