The Knights Perform Schumann, Debussy in Central Park

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 107th year of concerts from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park continued Tuesday, July 10, with a performance by The Knights.

Led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, the chamber orchestra presented a program of Wagner, Schumann, Debussy and Adès, closing out with a piece composed by Knights violinist Colin Jacobsen and Iranian musician Siamak Aghaei.

WQXR's Midge Woolsey hosts the live broadcast.

Program details:

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Julia MacLaine, cello

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129
Nicht zu schnell (A minor)
Langsam (F major)
Sehr lebhaft (A minor - A major)

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Thomas Adès: Three Studies from Couperin

Colin Jacobsen/Siamak Aghaei: Ascending Bird: Introduction and Dance for Orchestra

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The 107th season of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park featured The Knights on July 10, 2012.
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The Knights perform Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll.'
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The Knights conductor and co-founder Eric Jacobsen receives a loud welcome as he joins WQXR host Midge Woolsey.
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Eric Jacobsen gives an appreciative 'thank you' for the beautiful weather.
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Violinists Johnny Gandelsman (front) and Christina Courtin.
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The Knights welcome cello soloist Julia MacLaine.
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The Knights with cello soloist Julia MacLaine perform Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129.
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Cello soloist Julia MacLaine.
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The Knights with cello soloist Julia MacLaine
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The Knights with cello soloist Julia MacLaine.
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Totally relaxed.
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WQXR's Midge Woolsey with cellist Julia MacLaine during intermission.
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WQXR's Midge Woolsey with cellist Julia MacLaine and oboist James Roe during intermission.

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Comments [5]

Javier Mireles from San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato, México

I will appreciate very much if you let me know of any live broadcast so I can listen to it at any time. I'm writing to you from Guanajuato, Mexico. I just heard of Mahler's Fifth Symphony on this coming Thrusday, is it going to be recorded?

Jul. 11 2012 06:38 PM

I have often wondered if " Midge " has a real name? Is " Midge " short for "midget ?" Inquiring minds want to know.......

Jul. 10 2012 08:16 PM

I have heard them play and they sound nice, but I think the name they have chosen for their group, "The Knights," is really silly, as I doubt they are all knights, and therefore they are being presumptuous, and presumption is generally silly.

They might do better calling themselves the "Nights."

Sorry, but I still think that the language should be above trivial, especially when it comes to titles and ranks. Some name that is more descriptive or indicative of what they are might be more appropriate.

Jul. 10 2012 07:32 PM

I'm looking forward to this one (though I'll bring my backup brolly just in case). L'aprés midi is a vacation favorite. I can't wait to hear it live.


Jul. 09 2012 10:17 PM

Will Midge be doing any singing?

Jul. 09 2012 08:31 PM

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