The Strad Recommends The Ground Beneath Our Feet

“With roots in the workshops of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, this [The Concerto for Violin, Santur and Orchestra] glittering, propulsive piece of East–West fusion blends solo sections for santur (Persian zither) and high, driving passagework for violin with shifting textures of strings, wind and percussion.”

— The Strad

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The Knights Chosen to "Shift" the Orchestral Paradigm

“[The Orchestras’] enthusiasm for showcasing music that reflects their cities, and their innovative concepts for engaging with the community outside the walls of the concert hall, to us, reflect a fundamental and positive shift in how today’s orchestras view their role in the community.”

– The New York Times

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The Knights "Thrill" Audiences on their European Tour

“...when they performed “The Chairman Dances“, John Adam’s Foxtrot for orchestra, together, one feels how they play in one spirit. The meeting of “chairman” Mao Zedong and US president Richard Nixon, ironically put into music, leads to a rhythmical game of deception which is brought staggered by tricky syncopation. But this is no problem for The Knights; they accurately listen to each other, and they operate powerfully.”

— Darmstadter Echo

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The Knights and Bela Fleck at Florida State University

“The most demanding portion of the evening arrived before intermission with The Knights’ full-steam charge aimed at the heart of John Adams’ frenetic Chamber Symphony. The driving work was inspired, in part, by the music for “The Road Runner” cartoons and left no percussive instrument untouched.”

— Tallahassee Democrat

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The Knights at Carnegie Hall: We're Nothing But Busts, Mozart. Busts!

“The conductor Robert Spano led the impressive chamber orchestra the Knights and a wonderful cast of singers taking multiple roles in a vibrant performance of the piece, directed by Mary Birnbaum... even those who lack understanding of the rudiments of harmony would surely enjoy it, while also learning something in the most entertaining way.”

— The New York Times

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Tanglewood: The Knights, on a Stormy Night, a Fresh Breeze in Ozawa Hall

“Genre-bending (it used to be called crossover) is all the thing in music these days.... At its best, it’s the kind of thing The Knights (and the ladies among them) do.... As important as the repertoire...was the joy in the music-making. You could see it in the players’ lithe swaying to the music and hear it in the lithe sounds that emerged.”

— The Berkshire Eagle

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The Knights and Timo Andres Fill Out Mozart's 'Coronation'

“As played by the Knights, an excellent chamber orchestra, on Tuesday at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, the composer and pianist Timo Andres’s take on the “Coronation” (otherwise known as the Piano Concerto No. 26 in D) felt necessary — not a lark but a surprisingly moving dazzler.”

— The New York Times

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The Knights Display Deeply Committed Musicmaking Skills

“It is a joy to see such deeply committed musicmaking. The Knights have no conductor; only the bassoonist and cellists play seated; every player is viscerally caught up in the shape of every phrase. That they suggest a rock band is not accidental, but the precision of balance and ensemble bespeaks the highest level of musicianship and preparation.”

— The Washington Post

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Optimum Plucking, Surrounded by Friends

“Thursday evening’s concert by Wu Man and The Knights at Asia Society was a refreshing reminder of how much music gains when it is performed by friends who delight as much in their art as in one another’s company.”

— The New York Times

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New Models From Indie Orchestras

“…The best part of this handsomely packaged and persuasively performed disk is that you don’t have to know anything about themes or trends in orchestral economics to appreciate it.”

— San Francisco Classical Voice

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