The Knights chamber orchestra (NYC) will develop two projects at BAC: the first, a collaboration with banjo virtuoso and composer Bela Fleck; the second, a program to be performed with soprano Dawn Upshaw.
The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. 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, and a collaboration with The National’s Bryce Dessner broadcast on WNYC’s New Sounds Live. 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.
Slide1 photo: Sarah Small