Orchestra 2001 is an American orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which specialises in the performance of contemporary classical music. Orchestra 2001 is the performance ensemble-in-residence at Swarthmore College, and performs concerts at Swarthmore's Lang Concert Hall as well as in Philadelphia.
James Freeman founded Orchestra 2001 in 1988 as its artistic director and conductor, and continues to serve in both posts. The ensemble is noted for performances of works by composers based in the Philadelphia region, in particular George Crumb. Orchestra 2001 has performed many of Crumb's works since the ensemble's inception. These have included premieres of his American Songbooks series of compositions and other works such as Voices from a Forgotten World. The orchestra has also premiered compositions by other composers such as:
Orchestra 2001 has made commercial recordings for such labels as Bridge Records, CRI Records, and New World Records, including compositions by: