The Knights are an orchestra of friends from a broad spectrum of the New York music world who cultivate collaborative music making and creatively engage audiences in the shared joy of musical performance. Led by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they expand the orchestral concert experience with programs that encompass their roots in the Classical tradition and their passion for musical discovery.
photo by Richard Frank
Led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, The Knights are enjoying return engagements this summer to the Ravinia Festival and Central Park's Naumburg Orchestral Series. They also opened Central Park's SummerStage series this summer, collaborating with the Silk Road ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma in celebration of the Silk Road Connect program. 2011/12 season highlights include chamber music performances at Bargemusic in Brooklyn and for the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut, a return to the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, and two tours: in March the orchestra joins Jan Vogler again for concerts in Munich, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dresden and Darmstadt, Germany. In April, the orchestra embarks on their first US Tour featuring works from their New Worlds album.
This season The Knights add an album of music by Schubert, Satie and Feldman to their impressive discography. They will also record Beethoven in their third project for Sony Classical. Other discs include Lisa Bielawa’s Chance Encounter for Orange Mountain Music and Mozart, the ensemble’s 2010 Juno Award-winning collaboration with Lara and Scott St. John for Ancalagon.
The Knights evolved from late night chamber music reading parties with friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen, who now serve as co-artistic directors. Among the group’s diverse talents are composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences. The musicians are graduates of elite music schools, and members have performed as soloists with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Each opportunity for these busy, versatile musicians to perform together as The Knights is a special occasion that they consider, quite literally, playtime.
The Knights are represented by Opus 3 Artists.
Watch We Are the Knights on PBS.