The Philadelphia Festival Orchestra (PFO) , a newly-established ensemble that began in 2016, is unique in its manner of coordinating musical resources when called upon for the sole purpose of accommodating high-profile, artistic endeavors in foreign lands.  Designed to be both flexible in size and instrumentation, its mission is to collaborate with other musical organizations abroad to engage diverse cultures in performing brilliant public performances as well as champion inventive educational opportunities. Being based in Philadelphia, one of the most venerated musical cities in the world, allows the PFO to draw upon the finest players in the greater Philadelphia region to join its ranks, many of whom have performed with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Bay-Atlantic, Delaware, Reading and Harrisburg symphony orchestras. Conductors as well as musicians are specially selected to accommodate the unique requirements of all performance circumstances.