COFE Presents: 2018 – 2019

All concerts free and open to the public without ticket

AT AGE 17 and 29


Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3pm, Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

W.A. MOZART, Symphony no. 25 in g minor, K. 183 (1773)
DAVID FINKO, “Glory,” new commissioned work
DAVID CRUMB, “Vocalise,” new commissioned work
LILI TOBIAS “Lament”, new commissioned work
W.A. MOZART, Piano Concerto no. 20 in d minor, K. 466 (1785)

A half-hour onstage discussion with the musicians will precede each concert.

All COFE concerts and masterclasses are free and open to the public.

Mr. Kalish will offer a piano masterclass on Saturday, Jan. 26, 4pm, at Lang Concert Hall.


“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 three intervening years, COFE has commissioned and premiered nine new works by Philadelphia-area composers, and featured some of this city’s most eminent artists (Charles Abramovic, Marcantonio Barone, Andrew Hauze, Cynthia Raim, Mimi Stillman, and Natalie Zhu) 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.”