Orchestra 2001 was awarded $45,000 to commission and premiere works by three composers. 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec will write a new violin concerto for soloist Maria Bachmann. Guggenheim Fellow Robert Maggio will compose a work for chamber orchestra as a companion to Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for a Barber centennial celebration. Pulitzer Prize-winner George Crumb will complete one final song for his monumental American Songbook series, which O2001 has premiered over the past several seasons, to be performed by soprano Ann Crumb with excerpts from all six American Songbooks at the Kimmel Center, Swarthmore College’s Lang Concert Hall, and West Chester University.
Orchestra 2001 was founded in 1988 as ensemble-in-residence at Swarthmore College. In June of 2007, the American Symphony Orchestra League and ASCAP recognized O2001 and Artistic Director James Freeman as outstanding leaders of new music in the United States with an Award for Adventurous Programming. O2001 has presented over 80 world premieres, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers George Crumb, Gunther Schuller, and Melinda Wagner. In addition, the organization has presented 105 Philadelphia-area premieres, 205 works by 125 different American composers, and 135 works by 60 different Philadelphia-area composers. www.orchestra2001.org
Composer George Crumb, photo by Peggy Peterson