Orchestra 2001 is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, the ensemble has performed at leading concert halls across the US and overseas, including prominent festivals in Salzburg, Moscow, Dubai, Havana, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Orchestra 2001 has presented over 85 world premieres and over 100 Philadelphia premieres, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras with Awards for Adventurous Programming.
In its 20th anniversary season, Orchestra 2001 presented An Opera, an Operetta, and a Songbook, a three-part performance of orchestral vocal compositions featuring guest sopranos Laura Heimes and Ann Crumb, baritones Markus Beam and Randall Scarlata, bass Julian Rodescu, and bass-baritone Ben Wager. The program included Tides, an operetta by Ronald G. Vigue; American Songbook VI: Voices from the Morning of the Earth by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb; and A Scandal in Bohemia, a chamber opera by Thomas Whitman in collaboration with librettist Nathalie Anderson based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.