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The Knights Branch Out with Gil Shaham and Yo-Yo Ma, and Nurture Local Roots with Brooklyn Residency in 2015-16

The Knights’ adventurous spirit and dedication to transforming the concert experience set the course for this innovative orchestral collective. They launch the 2015-16 season at the breathtakingly beautiful Caramoor estate, with an eclectic program of Mendelssohn, Sollima, and Golijov that features Yo-Yo Ma. With the support of a generous Mellon Foundation grant, The Knights undertake their annual NYC residency this season at BRIC, performing a program of works spanning the past 100 years in the fall and collaborating with Gil Shaham in the spring, both at BRIC House. Their residency at the Brooklyn arts center also includes outreach activities with local schools. In February, Shaham and The Knights embark on a North American tour, performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto in Baltimore, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill. The tour celebrates the February release of Shaham’s Violin Concertos of the 1930s, Vol. 2, on which their account of the concerto can be heard.

As Colin Jacobsen, The Knights’ Co-Founder and Artistic Director, explains:

“We’re thrilled to be kicking off the season at Caramoor with our mentor, friend and one of the great musicians and arts advocates of our time, Yo-Yo Ma. He will be playing Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul, which was written for him and seeks to look at our home planet Earth from multiple musical perspectives: from above, as a beautiful floating blue orb, and on the ground in the midst of the turbulent human experience. We are looking at The Knights’ ’15-16 season as a way of highlighting two different aspects of our orchestra. We’re setting more local roots down with our residencies at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY as well as touring North America with another great musician, Gil Shaham. Our rep will range from Mendelssohn to Stravinsky to Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and work created collaboratively by members of The Knights.”

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The Knights: 2015-16 season highlights

Sep: Caramoor with Yo-Yo Ma
Oct: Performances and residencies along the east coast
Oct: BRIC House residency performance
Dec: Peoples’ Symphony Concert with pianist Lise de la Salle
Feb: Performance and album release with Gil Shaham at BRIC House
Feb: North American tour with Gil Shaham

The Knights: 2015-16 engagements

Sept 27
Caramoor Fall Festival
Katonah, NY
With Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Family concert and full orchestra concert
Sollima: Federico II
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, op.90 in A, “Italian”
Golijov: Azul

Sept 29–Oct 1
State College, PA
Penn State University
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Ravel: Piano Trio
Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
Stockhausen (arr. Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo
Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale

Oct 4-5
Washington, DC
Dumbarton Oaks
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Ravel: Piano Trio
Webern: Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
Stockhausen (arr. Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo
Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale

Oct 12-16
Residency: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College
With Jan Vogler, cello
Stockhausen (arr. Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo
Stevens (arr. Atkinson): Suite from Run Rabbit Run
Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale
Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Sollima: Federico II

Oct 17
NYC Residency Performance
Brooklyn, NY
BRIC House
Stockhausen (arr. Shaw): Tierkreis: Leo
Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale
Stevens (arr. Atkinson): Suite from Run Rabbit Run
Sollima: Federico II

Dec 20
New York, NY
Town Hall
Peoples’ Symphony Concerts
Members of The Knights with Lise de la Salle
Colin Jacobsen, Guillaume Pirard, Kyle Armbrust, Eric Jacobsen

Feb 13
NYC Residency/Album Release Performance
Brooklyn, New York
BRIC House
With Gil Shaham, violin
Program to include selections from Prokofiev and Beethoven

Feb 14–March 26
North American tour
Rebel: Les caractères de la danse
Leshnoff: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (world premiere)
Sarasate: Navarra, Op. 33 (with Gil Shaham and Colin Jacobsen, violin)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Dvorák: Czech Suite in D Major
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (with Gil Shaham, violin)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Feb 14: Baltimore, MA (Shriver Hall)
Feb 17: Toronto, ON (Koerner Hall)
Feb 18: Chicago, IL (Harris Theater at Millennium Park)
Feb 20: Atlanta, GA (Emory University Concerts Division)
Feb 21: Athens, GA (University of Georgia)
Feb 25: Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 26: Blacksburg, VA (Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech)

Feb 28
Santa Monica, CA
The Broad Stage
Mozart: Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto No. 3 in D Major, “Il gardellino”
Turina: Sextet for Viola, Piano and String Quartet, “Escena andaluza”
Stevens (arr. Atkinson): Suite from Run Rabbit Run

April 8
NYC Residency
Brooklyn, New York
BRIC House
Blueshift: Chamber Music Series
Program TBD

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