COFE Presents: 2019 – 2020

All concerts free and open to the public without ticket

Celebrating George Crumb at 90

Come help us celebrate renowned composer, George Crumb! Free and open to the public without ticket.

Sunday, November 10, 7:30PM at Roberts Hall, Haverford College, PA

Charles Abramovic
Lori Barnet
Ann Crumb
James Freeman
Gilbert Kalish
Barbara Ann Martin
Mimi Stillman

• Music for a Summer Evening, final movement
• Night of the Four Moons
• Vox Balaenae
• Ancient Voices of Children, final movement

Performing artists, composers, former students, and scholars will speak briefly between the works.


“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.”