VOLUME 1 – September 2020
Welcome to the first issue of Orchestra 2001's new e-newsletter, THE SCORE!
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Orchestra 2001 is proud to announce a new series of music concerts that will reach thousands of Philadelphians in neighborhoods across the city. Presented at markets where they live, shop, work, and play, these free, mostly outdoor concerts are socially distanced, and aimed at breaking down multiple barriers to concert attendance. 
Venues will include the 9th Street Market, Reading Terminal, Cherry Street Pier, Chinatown and Washington Avenue markets, and farmers’ markets in all corners of Philadelphia. Our musicians and composers will perform new and existing music related to the specific markets and their neighborhoods.

Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

is a collaborative effort of Broad Street Ministry, Project Home, and Prevention Point Philadelphia, working closely with the City of Philadelphia to help assist some of the most vulnerable communities in Philadelphia.

“The Love Lot: Where Step Up to the Plate offers free meals, live music, and medical attention to Kensington residents during COVID-19” 
Kensington Voice

As part of EMERGING MARKETS, Orchestra 2001 will present weekly musical events featuring solo musicians and small ensembles for 500-600 lunchtime visitors from now through October at Step Up To The Plate’s Kensington location at Clearfield and Ruth Streets, Philadelphia 19134. Our guitarist/composer Matt Davis, who has appeared at Cherry Street Pier many times, will kick off this lunchtime concert series on Friday, September 11 from 1-3 pm.


Saturday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:40pm

Sunday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:40pm (repeat performance or raindate)

9th Street Market, at the corner of 9th and Ellsworth Streets, Philadelphia 19147

Orchestra 2001 will collaborate with artist/activist Michelle Angela Ortiz for her new project, “Our Market.” Taking place in the 9th Street Market neighborhood where she grew up and still resides, the project intends to unite different ethnic communities that make up the market’s stores, restaurants, and neighborhood, during weekend events where the street is now closed to all but pedestrians.

Ortiz’s projections behind the Orchestra 2001 ensemble will memorialize those from the market neighborhood who have recently passed away. The concert will feature music by composers of Italian, Mexican, African-American, Chinese, and Southeast Asian backgrounds. Taking place a week before the Mexican “Day of the Dead,” the program tentatively includes music from Gabriela Ortiz’s Alter de Muertes; George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, a memorial to Black Lives Matter; and the Philadelphia premiere of Tan Dun’s Prayer and Blessing for the Victims of COVID-19. 

Composers Gabriela Ortiz, George Walker, and Tan Dun
Composers Gabriela Ortiz, George Walker, and Tan Dun
Looking for a safe way to get out for a creative excursion? Visit our home at Cherry Street PierPeer into the windows of the artist studios, or enjoy a beer and delicious casual food in the Pop Up Beer Garden at the end of the pier, overlooking the river. 
WATCH THIS EPISODE of Movers & Makers (Aired May 14, 2020) to learn how Orchestra 2001 presents the work of Philadelphia area composers and musicians through unique programs and collaborations, including the "Composer At Work" window, and the "Pier Pressure" series.
We'll make the theremin available from 12:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday through Monday. If the theremin is plugged in and sitting outside the studio you are welcome to play it as much as you like.

The theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). It is named after its inventor, Leon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The instrument has two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the thereminist's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a speaker.

Here's a video we found on YouTube showing a theremin in the hands of a professional!
UNHINGED is inspired by Dr. Albert Barnes’s ensembles—his unconventional groupings of impressionist, modernist, world, and ancient art, alongside wrought-iron door hinges and other metalwork—and even includes passages of percussion played on door hinges. LEARN MORE!
"Here’s to remembering days and times like these when years from now they will ask us all, how did you ever get through it? We got through together with help from friends such as the Barnes and Orchestra 2001."
– Facebook Audience member, UNHINGED
Experience the first in our new ¡CONEXIONES! series partnering with Teatro Esperanza and featuring Mexico's leading contemporary composers – Carlos Chávez, Silvestre Revueltas, and Gabriela Ortiz. The concert concludes with the colorful premiere of Francisco Cortés-Álvarez’s, Transcending Walls, based on the work of Mexican muralists on the southern side of the border wall, commissioned by Orchestra 2001 and the Steven R. Gerber Trust. LEARN MORE!
100% of your donation currently goes toward paying musicians to perform – online and when possible, in-person.
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