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06.25.14
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Lending Mozart a Left Hand
The New York Times
06.16.14
Robert Spano, Jeremy Denk, The Knights
'Classical Style' at Ojai Music Festival draws on wit, wisdom
Los Angeles Times
08.02.13
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Music to the Rafters in Windsor Terrace
The New York Times
02.22.13
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IN CONCERT: The Knights of Fresh Music-Making - The Knights make their Southern California debut at UCSB Campbell Hall
Santa Barbara News-Press
02.21.13
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The Knights to Perform at UCSB with Wu Man February 23
Santa Barbara Independent
02.19.13
Wu Man, The Knights
The Knights with Wu Man (Listen)
Houston Public Radio KUHA FM
02.15.13
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Hot shots bond in chamber group
Houston Chronicle
02.10.13
Wu Man, The Knights
Optimum Pipa Plucking, Surrounded by Friends
The New York Times
12.03.12
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Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen – of Brooklyn Rider and The Knights – Win Prestigious $50,000 United States Artists Fellowship
21C Media Group
09.24.12
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Kayhan Kalhor, Brooklyn Rider & The Knights Collaborate on the Score for "Rhino Season"
07.13.12
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Interlude
07.11.12
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Planes, Buses, Fumes, Brakes, Gnats and Melody
The New York Times
06.08.12
Eric Jacobsen, The Knights
Conduct Indefinable: Beethoven Here, Laura Nyro There
The New York Times
05.05.12
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Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums
All Things Considered
03.30.12
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Album: The Knights, A Second of Silence (Ancalagon)
The Independent
02.23.12
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WQXR Invites The Knights for Second Term as Ensemble-in-Residence (April 3 & 4)
21C Media Group
01.11.12
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The Musical Smorgasbord of Brooklyn Rider and The Knights
CVNC
01.09.12
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Reaching across centuries
The Herald-Sun
11.15.11
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Freelance Orchestras Seizing the Moment
San Francisco Classical Voice
10.27.11
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Pushing the Boundaries of Modern String Performance - The Brooklyn Rider Quartet and The Knights Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Musician Today
09.18.11
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A Lot of Schubert and a Touch of Poetry
The New York Times
09.08.11
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‘We Are the Knights’: A Q&A with Eric and Colin Jacobsen
Thirteen WNET
09.08.11
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'We Are the Knights'
NY Daily News
08.23.11
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WQXR Inaugurates Ensemble-in-Residence Program with The Knights, September 15-18
21C Media Group
08.23.11
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In a Rite of Late Summer, Naumburg Concerts Finish
The New York Times
08.15.11
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THIRTEEN Features "We Are The Knights"
08.05.11
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THIRTEEN PREMIERES WE ARE THE KNIGHTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
WNET
06.24.11
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Talent for Punctuating Classics With Surprises
The New York Times
02.02.11
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THE KNIGHTS, JAMES EHNES LES VIOLONS DU ROY & BRAMWELL TOVEY NOMINATED FOR JUNO AWARDS
Juno Awards
01.13.11
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Performances by The Knights, A Far Cry and Neil Rolnick
The New York Times
09.11.10
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Review: Mozart. Scott St. John, violin and viola; Lara St. John, violin; the Knights, Eric Jacobsen, cond. (Ancalagon)
Strings Magazine
09.10.10
Yo-Yo Ma, The Knights
Chamber Music With Muscle
The New York Times
09.10.10
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Caramoor Fall Festival: Music for omnivores
Bergen Record
09.09.10
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The Knights Ensemble Storms New York's Le Poisson Rouge
Strings
09.08.10
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Regional Spotlight: The Knights
Minnesota Public Radio
09.02.10
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Knights could be called a classical garage band
Pioneer Press
08.04.10
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Invitation to Dance to Shostakovich
New York Times
08.04.10
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Knights at Night in Central Park
Lucid Culture
07.08.10
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The Knights Segue Through the Ages
Lucid Culture
07.01.10
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Creative Collective
Symphony
06.23.10
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Nature Had Other Plans at the Naumburg Bandshell
The New York Times
05.11.10
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Enthusiastic Explorations
San Francisco Classical Voice
04.30.10
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THE KNIGHTS CD RELEASE AT LE POISSON ROUGE MAY 3
04.24.10
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The Knights' New Worlds
WQXR 105.9 fm
04.08.10
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New Worlds
allmusic
01.23.10
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Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Osvaldo Golijov, Lena Frank
Rondo Magazine
07.28.09
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New Classical Tracks: Going Downtown with Shostakovich
Minnesota Public Radio
04.03.09
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Review-The Knights
Rondo Magazine
04.02.09
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Review-Jan Vogler & The Knights, Experience: Live From New York
Frankfurter Rundschau
04.01.09
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Review-Jan Vogler & The Knights, Experience: Live From New York
NMZ Online
01.04.08
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Toe-Tapping Fun: The Knights at Carnegie Hall
ArtsJournal.com: On The Record

The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Engaging listeners and defying boundaries with programs that showcase the players’ roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery, The Knights have, as the New Yorker observes, “become one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products, [and] are known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory.”

The Knights’ 2014-15 season kicks off with a performance at Brooklyn’s Roulette, marking the first of a series of New York City residencies to be undertaken by the group over the next three seasons with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Other highlights include the Caramoor Fall Festival, where The Knights serve as curators and give three performances featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman and violinist Gil Shaham; the ensemble’s debut at Carnegie Hall in the New York premiere of the Steven Stucky/Jeremy Denk opera The Classical Style; a collaboration with The National’s Bryce Dessner, broadcast on WNYC’s New Sounds Live; and a residency at the University of Georgia. In the new year, The Knights tour the East Coast with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck before embarking on a European tour with soprano Dawn Upshaw, featuring performances in Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Darmstadt, and at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein. 

Recent season highlights include The Knights’ debut at the Tanglewood and Ojai Music Festivals, and collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Jeremy Denk, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Joshua Redman Quartet, santur player Siamak Aghaei, and pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and the creation of the ensemble’s first original group composition. Recordings include an all-Beethoven disc released in January 2013 by Sony Classical (their third project with the label), and 2012’s “smartly programmed” (NPR) A Second of Silence 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. The Jacobsen brothers, who are also founding members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, serve as artistic directors of The Knights, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. In December 2012, the Jacobsens were selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship.

The Knights’ roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers, who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance. 

 

 

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