2016/2017 Season



Jayce Ogren, Conductor

Derek Bermel – Tied Shifts
John Adams – Son of Chamber Symphony
Sebastian Currier – Bodymusic
Joan Tower – Petroushskates

Orchestra 2001’s season opening program, “Body Music,” features music inspired by movement. Dance, athleticism and physical sensation moved these acclaimed American composers to write music that grooves, howls, sings and seduces. The highlight will be the Philadelphia premiere of Sebastian Currier’s masterpiece for 15 players and electronics, Bodymusic, which uses virtuosic instrumental playing, audio samples from the internet, and sculpted electronic sounds to portray the sensory experiences we all share as human beings. The ensemble will also be playing some rollicking Bulgarian dance rhythms in the first movement of Derek Bermel’s Tied Shifts, vibrant colors in Joan Tower’s Petroushskates, and a brilliant fusion of funk, romanticism and minimalist drive in John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony.

Friday, October 28, 2016 at  8:00 pm
7:30pm pre-concert talk. Reception following.
Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$35 Adults/$25 Seniors/$15 Students

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm
7:30pm pre-concert talk. Reception following.
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College


Jayce Ogren, Conductor
Randall Scarlata, Baritone

David Lang – cheating, lying, stealing
Bryce Dessner – Murder Ballades
Peter Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King

Just on the heels of Valentine’s Day, our look at the darker side of love features music by Bryce Dessner, guitarist, composer and songwriter for the acclaimed indie rock band THE NATIONAL. Featured on a 2016 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Dessner’s Murder Ballades paint dark stories of violence and lust in a language fusing pop, folk and contemporary classical traditions. We open with David Lang’s tribute to vice, cheating, lying, stealing, and close with Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata sings the tour de force role of King George.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm and a post-concert reception.
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Swarthmore College. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 2:30 pm. 
Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street, Phila. (Manayunk) 19127
$35 Adults/$25 Seniors/$15 Students


Andrew Hauze, Conductor
Orchestra 2001 and the Swarthmore College Orchestra

Members of Orchestra 2001 and the Swarthmore College Orchestra join forces in a rare opportunity to hear classic early films with their complete soundtracks (music, narration, and sound effects) recreated live. Two modernist quasi-documentaries, Night Mail (with a score by Benjamin Britten and poetry by W.H. Auden) and The City (with a score by Aaron Copland) are juxtaposed with new scores for early silent film shorts by Thomas Whitman and Swarthmore student Aditya Nirvaan Ranganathan.

Benjamin Britten – Night Mail
Aaron Copland – The City
Aditya Nirvaan Ranganathan – New Work with Film
Thomas Whitman – New Work with Film

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm and a post-concert reception.
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Swarthmore College.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND: Music by Composer/Conservationist John Luther Adams at Philadelphia Green Spaces

Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “One of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life,” John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit is played by dozens of percussionists and piccolo players dispersed in large outdoor areas, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shell horns, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. These FREE public concerts in Philadelphia Green Spaces are made possible by a “New Audiences/New Places” grant from the William Penn Foundation. Performances of INUKSUIT and other music by John Luther Adams will take place at The Barnes Foundation, Bartram’s Garden, and on piers and trails on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

INUKSUIT, on the grounds of The Barnes Foundation

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12:00 Noon 
FREE & family friendly public performance  
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
A Philadelphia premiere of Adams’ iconic Inuksuit at the Barnes’ first outdoor concert event in its first five years. 

INUKSUIT, at Bartram's Garden

Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1:00 PM
Performance on April 22nd rescheduled due to rain
FREE & family friendly public performance
Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143
CLICK HERE for directions


Jayce Ogren, Conductor

What defines a symphony? American maverick Fredric Rzweski (pronounced: zheff-skee) answers that question with quality rather than quantity in his Pocket Symphony, requiring virtuosic playing from all six musicians. Nico Muhly’s hypnotic Doublespeak, Huang Ruo’s Chinese-folk and rock inspired Divergence, and Philadelphia-born Jacob Druckman’s tautly constructed Come Round each exhibit symphonic qualities in non-traditional ways, demonstrating the tremendous range of expression and musical colors possible from a pocket-sized ensemble.

Fredric Rzewski –  Pocket Symphony
Nico Muhly – Doublespeak
Huang Ruo – Chamber Concerto #3, “Divergence”
Jacob Druckman – Come Round

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Join us at 7:30pm for a pre-concert talk. Reception following.
Ibrahim Theater - International House
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
$35 Adults/$25 Seniors/$15 Students