The knights in residence
Our growing portfolio of creative projects takes us to prestigious festivals and famous concert halls around the globe, but there’s still no place like home. New York-area residencies allow The Knights to incubate our artistry and explorations at home before representing the best of New York around the globe, while enabling enduring connection with our community partners as we strive for new musical experiences together.
In 2015, The Knights launched a partnership with BRIC with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of that initiative, The Knights performed with master violinist Gil Shaham on a North American tour, and on Shaham's Grammy-nominated recording of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto. This partnership was continued when The Knights’ launched their first Brooklyn Home Season in 2016-17, in residence at BRIC. Each Home Season residency includes evening performances, family concerts, and engagement programs for local audiences, families, and public school students.
The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
During the 2018-19 Season, The Knights are beginning a multi-session performance and educational residency at the Tilles Center in Greenvale, NY. The residency includes a main stage performance in October 2018 and a series of educational events throughout the year, in partnership with faculty and students from LIU Post and local high schools.
For Colleges and Universities
Pop-up Concerts on Campus
The Knights are flexible in size and repertory, and can easily create intimate modular experiences to fit any environment. Previous pop-up concerts included performances along the MTA F train (in partnership with Make Music New York), on a double decker bus from Times Square to Harlem (with WNET), in Brooklyn playgrounds and flea markets, and in bars and clubs in New York, Tennessee, Indiana, and Georgia. Groups of three to eight musicians will set up in various places around campus to surprise and attract students in between classes, during lunch, or on their way home.
Neighborhood library panel discussion (Life in Music)
Members of The Knights will discuss their career trajectories and their perspectives on what it means to be an entrepreneurial musician with groups of 30 to 100 aspiring high school or college musicians. The ideal audience comprises students enrolled in a youth orchestra or college music program, who will be coming to The Knights’ orchestral performance. The musician members include artist faculty at prestigious colleges and members of other innovative ensembles such as Ne(x)tWorks, yMusic, Brooklyn Rider, and the Silk Road Ensemble. Though well-established in their fields, these musicians’ paths are still evolving and students will find them relatable and inspiring along their own constantly changing trajectories.
Side-by-side with Local high school youth orchestra
Led by Artistic Director and conductor Eric Jacobsen with five other members of The Knights, this workshop will take students through The Knights’ collaborative rehearsal process, in which the conductor and principal players serve as catalysts for musical discussion and decision-making. Through this process, students learn to effectively communicate musical ideas with their peers through score-reading, experimentation, discussion, and collaboration.
Club Performance in off-campus Venue
Shifting the expectations of where classical music can be performed and enjoyed, The Knights have brought their talents to cutting-edge nightlife venues, such as Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. , and with contemporary artists such as Bryce Dessner of The National and Dr. Dog. In these spaces, the orchestra reaches younger and vibrant crowds, many of whom would not think to attend a classical orchestra concert. Programs reflect a range of works, such as pieces by Sufjan Stevens to baroque composers, along with original works by our own singer-songwriter and Nonesuch artist Christina Courtin.