Season Finale: The Knights
Known for their hip and innovative programs, the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights bring their “camaraderie and shared enthusiasm” (New York Times) to a wide range of music, from Vivaldi (Concerto for Two Cellos) and Mozart (Symphony No. 29) to Brazilian bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and Brooklyn’s own singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. “Is there another orchestra that seems to be having as much fun when it plays as the Knights do?” (New York Times)
Program:Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Cellos
Durante: La Pazzia
Sollima: Viaggia in Italia
Sujfan Stevens: Suite from Run Rabbit Run
Mozart: Symphony No. 29
Joao Gilberto: Undiu
(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/.
Saturday, September 3
Concert Sponsors:Carl Schramm and Ellyn Brown
Guest Artist Sponsors:The Knights sponsored by Columbian Foundation, Inc.
The Knights sponsored by Holly Gregg and Patience Brewster