The Knights Perform Adams, Copland, Debussy and Frank

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Friday, March 30, 2012

On Wednesday, April 4, The Knights wrapped up a two-day residency at WQXR with a performance of John Adams's Christian Zeal and Activity, the middle movement of his 1973 work American Standard, in The Greene Space. The performance features sound samples submitted by listeners as part of the orchestra's Found Sound Project.

The group performed Copland's Appalachian Spring, selections from Peruvian composer Gabriela Lena Frank's Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout and Debussy's orchestral arrangement of Satie's Gymnopédie.

Watch the video archive of the entire broadcast:

Here Midge Woolsey talks with co-founders Eric and Colin Jacobsen about the unusual stage set-up and programming:

Comments [6]

Carol Luparella

Peter O'Malley is exactly right! I was thinking almost the same thing as I listened to that John Adams piece. All that hype over nothing! That "found sound" gimmick is just an excuse for not taking the time to compose any actual music. (The rest of the concert was much better!)

Apr. 04 2012 08:39 PM
Mia from Seattle

Love the Knights. Thanks for the webcast so this performance could be enjoyed all the way out here in the Pacific Northwest!

Apr. 04 2012 08:04 PM
Anna Shapiro

They sound wonderful, and I'm sorry I'm not there. But regarding Appalachian Spring: please don't say that Martha Graham invented a whole new dance form only to have it called ballet. It was a modern dance.

Apr. 04 2012 07:38 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

In the words of A.E. Housman: "Terence, this is stupid stuff." the opening piece in tonight's live broadcast is an example of the type of pretentious drivel masquerading as high art that I would have thought had been exposed for nonsense 20 years ago. Boring chords backed by irrelevant sound clips that my wife said sounded like they had the TV on in the background. I doubt that people will have a great need to hear this again! Beethoven it's not!

Apr. 04 2012 07:22 PM

I am looking forward to the concert tonight from the Green Space. What a wonderful new way you are providing to hear performances, even if you cannot attend them. Congratulations to WQXR for being so present online.

Apr. 04 2012 06:52 PM
Kyle Winn from Scottsdale, AZ

Looking forward to hearing the Knights tonight!

Apr. 04 2012 02:51 PM

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