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 presented two epic concerts in April 2018 at World Cafe Live and The Fillmore Philadelphia. The concerts celebrated Frank Zappa's genre-defying classical compositions from The Yellow Shark and works by his greatest influences: Edgard Varèse, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, and Pierre Boulez. Major Support for this project was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Learn more at orchestra2001.org/zappa.



Jayce Ogren conducting Orchestra 2001 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 4/28/2018, Photo: David Cimetta

Orchestra 2001 performing "Pentagon Afternoon" with toy ray guns
Photo: David Cimetta

Elizabeth Steiner, harpist, performing "Pound for a Brown/Excercise #4"
Photo: David Cimetta


Watch highlights from the Philadelphia premiere of composer/environmentalist John Luther Adams' INUKSUIT on the grounds of The Barnes Foundation.

This concert is part of ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND, a free public concert series in Philadelphia Green Spaces that also included Bartram's Garden, Schuylkill Banks Park, and Race Street Pier. These performances were made possible by a “New Audiences/New Places” grant from the William Penn Foundation.


Orchestra 2001 performing INUKSUIT  at Bartram's Garden,  4/23/2017, Photo: Sharon Torello


Orchestra 2001 thanks its Foundation, Government, and Organizational Contributors!