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What began as informal chamber music in the living room of Artistic Directors and brothers, Colin and Eric Jacobsen, has transformed into an international orchestra whose focus on unique collaborations and adventurous experiences are creating a new trend in the culture of classical music.
The Knights, originally known as The Knights of the Many-Sided Table, incorporated in 2007, have toured throughout New York and abroad partnering with renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Dawn Upshaw, and more. Their performances have reached traditional classical concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and Vienna Musikverein as well as parks and bars in their home of New York City.
The focus of the seasons of The Knights are around residencies which feature evening performances, family style concerts, and student based initiatives. Their programming leans toward closing a gap between audience and orchestra in a contemporary way that refreshes classical music repertoire.
Recordings of the group of collaborative musicians include “Experience: Live from New York” and “New Worlds” both featuring cellist Jan Vogler under Sony Classical. In 2015, the Knights signed an exclusive artist contract with Warner Classics and a label debut called “The Ground Beneath Our Feet.”
To quote the New York Times: "Is there another orchestra that seems to be having as much fun when it plays as The Knights do?"
Photos: Shervin Lainez, Gabe Palacia, Sarah Small & Sarah Baker