Passion, Past and Present
The timeless Passion story of life, death, and transformation has inspired artists for thousands of years. In an innovative program perfectly suited to the church stage, we pair the music of J. S. Bach with modern master (and Hilary Hahn favorite) David Lang, a 2016 Academy Award nominee for best film score. The Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra the Knights join vocal ensemble Ekmeles for a program of Bach’s exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, his Cantata, BWV 40 (with organ), and Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, an unforgettable work of fragile beauty based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Program:J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 40
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto 3
David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (Winner of Pulitzer Prize, 2008)
J.S. Bach: Instrumental selection
David Lang: Light Moving
(Colin Jacobsen, Co-artistic Director, violin; Eric Jacobsen, Co-artistic Director, Conductor, cello; and orchestra members TBA )
The Knights is an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertoire, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. It engages listeners and defies boundaries with programs that showcase the players' roots in the classical tradition and their passion for artistic discovery. The Knights has "become one of Brooklyn's sterling cultural products… known far beyond the borough for its relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory" (The New Yorker).
In recent years the Knights have collaborated with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Gil Shaham, Bela Fleck, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Joshua Redman, Silk Road virtuoso Siamak Aghaei, and pipa virtuoso Wu Man.
The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music-reading parties with friends at the home of brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen. The group's roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers. The musicians bring a range of cultural influences to the ensemble, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. In performance, the unique camaraderie within the group evokes the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music.
Learn more at http://www.theknightsnyc.com/.
Thursday, September 1
Concert Sponsors:Barb Connor & Doug Wood and Scott Hafler & Amy LeClair
Guest Artist Sponsors:The Knights sponsored by Columbian Foundation, Inc.
The Knights sponsored by Holly Gregg and Patience Brewster