Orchestra 2001

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Orchestra 2001
Founded 1988
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Concert hall Swarthmore College
Principal conductor James Freeman
Website orchestra2001.org

Orchestra 2001 is an American orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which specialises in the performance of contemporary classical music. Orchestra 2001 is the performance ensemble-in-residence at Swarthmore College,[1] and performs concerts at Swarthmore's Lang Concert Hall as well as in Philadelphia.

James Freeman founded Orchestra 2001 in 1988 as its artistic director and conductor, and continues to serve in both posts. The ensemble is noted for performances of works by composers based in the Philadelphia region, in particular George Crumb.[1][2] Orchestra 2001 has performed many of Crumb's works since the ensemble's inception. These have included premieres of his American Songbooks series of compositions[3] and other works such as Voices from a Forgotten World.[4] The orchestra has also premiered compositions by other composers such as:

  • Jay Reise
  • Andrew Rudin
  • Anna Weesner
  • Thomas Whitman


Orchestra 2001 has made commercial recordings for such labels as Bridge Records, CRI Records, and New World Records, including compositions by:


  1. ^ a b Anthony Tommasini (2004-11-17). "A New Burst of Creativity in Time for a 75th Birthday". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  2. ^ Allan Kozinn (2008-10-28). "Return to Crumb's World, With Crumb Along for the Ride". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ Anne Midgette (2002-09-22). "A Composer's Inspiration, Long Dormant, Surges Anew". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  4. ^ Tom Purdon (2007-09-18). "Bring on the percussion". Broad Street Review. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  5. ^ Tom Purdon (2007-04-28). "Fiddlers three (or, why classical audiences live longer)". Broad Street Review. Retrieved 2011-05-01.

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