The Knights

The Knights

After successfully presenting The Knights as its inaugural ensemble-in-residence last fall, WQXR – the nation’s most-listened-to classical music station – is inviting them back for a second residency on April 3 and 4. This time, the heart of the residency is an exciting interactive experience with listeners..

On Wednesday, April 4, The Knights will perform a concert that will include John Adams’s Christian Zeal and Activity, using sounds submitted by listeners. Christian Zeal and Activity, the hymn-like central movement of Adams’s longer work American Standard (1973), instructs its conductor to incorporate within it “sonic found objects.” Fittingly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s own recording of the work featured a segment of a call-in radio show.

The Knights Invite Listeners to Help 'Finish' John Adams Piece

Thursday, April 05, 2012

On Wednesday night, The Knights performed a piece by John Adams that featured "crowdsourced" sound from a WQXR listener. Here's how it went down.


The Knights Quest for 'A Second of Silence'

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The New York chamber orchestra The Knights juxtaposes works by Schubert with those by Philip Glass, Morton Feldman and Erik Satie. Discover more and get a free download of Satie's Gym...

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On Demand Video: An Evening with The Knights

Friday, March 30, 2012

On Wednesday, The Knights wrapped up a residency at WQXR with a concert in The Greene Space. Watch the archival Webcast.

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The Knights' Found Sound Project

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Knights, WQXR's ensemble-in-residence, want your help for an upcoming performance of John Adams's composition, Christian Zeal and Activity.


Behind The Scenes: The Knights Rehearse Schubert and Golijov

Friday, September 16, 2011

As WQXR's ensemble-in-residence, The Knights spent several days rehearsing in The Greene Space at WQXR. In these two videos, the musicians run through Franz Schubert's beloved Octet a...

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The Jacobsens' Top Five Most Irritating (Nonmusical) Sounds

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nails on a blackboard, car alarms or snoring -- everyone has their particular aural pet peeves. We recently asked Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The Kn...


We Are The Knights' Documentary Explores Orchestra's Origins

Friday, September 09, 2011

A new documentary film explores WQXR's first ever Artist-In-Residence, The Knights. Titled We Are The Knights, it chronicles the lives and story of how Colin and Eric Jacobsen came to...


The Jacobsens' Top Five Nonmusical Sounds

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Life in New York City can make one attuned to environmental sounds, both pleasing and irritating. And so it is with Eric and Colin Jacobsen, brothers and co-artistic directors of The ...

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The Knights' New Worlds

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Copland, Dvorak and Ives mingle with recent works by Osvaldo Golijov and Gabriela Lena Frank in New Worlds, an appealing new recording by The Knights chamber orchestra. It’s this we...

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