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The Knights with Aaron Diehl, Piano Exploring the Flow Between Jazz, Classicism, and European Modernism

Jan 21, 2022 Sandra Levine Theatre

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Overview

“Few ensembles are as adept at mixing old music with new as the dynamic Brooklyn orchestra.” -- The New Yorker

“Diehl gracefully melds two worlds, merging the improvisational spirit of jazz with the compositional intricacies of Western classical music.” -- The New Yorker

Colin Jacobsen & Eric Jacobsen, Co-Artistic Directors | Eric Jacobsen, Conductor  | Aaron Diehl, Piano

PROGRAM

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Maurice Ravel: Selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin
George Gershwin (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Rhapsody in Blue
Intermission
Mary Lou Williams: Selections from Zodiac Suite
Igor Stravinsky (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Firebird Suite (1919-2020 version)

(Program subject to change.)

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS

The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has been proud to tour and record with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and has performed at such prestigious institutions as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverein. Through adventurous programming, unbridled energy, and a collaborative music-making process, The Knights bring classical music to life in a way that surprises and inspires both new and longtime listeners.

Since their inception in New York City in the early 2000s, The Knights have challenged assumptions about orchestral music. The ensemble grew out of informal chamber music readings at the home of brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen — now the group’s Artistic Directors — and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2007. The 36 members of The Knights are graduates of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and other leading music schools and conservatories. They are accomplished soloists, orchestral players, and chamber musicians as well as composers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group.

ABOUT AARON DIEHL

Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums on Mack Avenue Records — and appearances at such historic venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Village Vanguard and New York Philharmonic — the American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter fellow now focuses his attention on his forthcoming solo album and ongoing curation of Black American composers programming with emphasis on William Grant Still. A Juilliard graduate, Aaron has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Philip Glass and GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. He recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist.

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