COFE Presents: 2019 – 2020

All concerts free and open to the public without ticket



Sunday, February 9, 3:00PM at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College, PA

Charles Abramovic

Marcantonio Barone

James Freeman

Andrew Hauze

Sumi Onoe

  • W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Three Pianos, K. 242
  • Richard Danielpour’s “A Simple Prayer” for strings
  • W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365

*2:30 PM – Onstage discussion with musicians will precede the concert.


“Reminding you that all music was once new,” WRTI’s elegant catchphrase for its Composers Forum programs, was in the back of artistic director James Freeman’s mind when he founded Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS (COFE) in 2015.

After 27 years as founder and artistic director of Orchestra 2001, during which he conducted more than 300 concerts, recorded 18 commercial CDs, toured Russia, Denmark, England, Austria, and Cuba, and brought Orchestra 2001 to international prominence, Freeman resigned in April of 2015 to begin a new orchestra with a new mission: Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS.

In the five intervening years, COFE has commissioned and premiered twelve new works by Philadelphia-area composers, and featured some of this city’s most eminent artists as soloists in concertos by W.A. Mozart.

How do these two seemingly unrelated themes – Mozart and modern –  intersect? As Freeman describes it, “The miracle of Mozart’s genius took place by leaps and bounds.  We can see and hear this happening in our concerts, from his youth to the mastery of his adult years.   So, too, can we see and hear the leaps and bounds of today’s composers, and that is what COFE is all about: magic and miracles by leaps and bounds, from Mozart to the 21st century.”