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The Knights play Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Gottschalk, and Montgomery at The 92Y

December 11, 2021

The 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s leading cultural venues, presents The Knights playing Schubert, Vaughan Williams, and more on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8pm ET as part of its fall classical music season, its first fully in-person season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert will also be available via livestream and available for 72 hours from time of broadcast. Tickets for both the in-person and livestream options are $20-$45 and are available at 92y.org/event/the-knights-play-schubert.

The dynamic young Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights is reimagining classical music programming and performance and leaving audiences ecstatic along the way. The ensemble’s expansive artistic vision has earned them critical acclaim, a Grammy nomination, concert tours alongside artists including Yo-Yo Ma, and more.

92Y’s Ensemble in Residence for the 2021-22 season, The Knights joins us for the first of three concerts this fall and spring with the kind of inspired program that is their hallmark. At the center of the concert are two beloved core classical works – Schubert’s ominous, radiant and magnificent “Unfinished” Symphony, and Vaughan Williams’ haunting and exquisite The Lark Ascending, featuring The Knights’ superb Colin Jacobson as violin soloist. Bookending the works are Records from a Vanishing City, an evocative contemporary tone poem with roots in an Angolan lullaby by acclaimed composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery, and the celebratory second symphony by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The program traverses Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s and Vienna in the 1820s, illuminates themes of renewal and rebirth, and highlights echoes of Schubert in the work of a Creole-influenced composer, all showcasing the very essence of this thrilling ensemble.

The program includes:
Jessie Montgomery, Records from a Vanishing City
Schubert, Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 “Unfinished”
Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending
Gottschalk, Symphony No. 2 “À Montevideo”
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Colin Jacobsen, violin

Comprising 14 concerts performed in 92Y’s historic Kaufmann Concert Hall, the fall season includes two appearances by world-renowned pianist Richard Goode; an all-Rossini program from tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres; the first performance by The Knights as 92Y’s inaugural Ensemble in Residence; the 92Y debuts of rising star violinist Randall Goosby, intrepid cellist Seth Parker Woods, and the Grammy Award-nominated Aizuri Quartet; guitarist Ana Vidovic; MacArthur “Genius” Award winner and pianist Jeremy Denk, and others, performing a diverse group of repertoire which includes works of Eleanor Alberga, Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Boulogne, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jessie Montgomery, César Franck, Florence Price, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and more.

A full list of performances and dates are listed below. Concerts are for fully vaccinated audiences. For more information, including purchasing tickets and COVID-19 protocols for in-person performances, please visit 92Y.org/Concerts.

The Marshall Weinberg Fall 2021 Classical Music Season continues with:
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 PM  
C.P.E. Bach, Suite in E Minor, Wq. 6/12  
G. Catoire, Quatre Morceaux, Op. 12  
Beethoven, Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”  
Concert also available via livestream and available for 72 hours from time of broadcast. 

CONRAD TAO, piano 
Saturday, December 18, 2021, 8 PM  
John Adams, China Gates
Bach, Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
Schumann, Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Conrad Tao, Keyed In (NY Premiere; 92Y co-commission) 
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Interspersed with short works of Conrad Tao, Jason Eckardt, and Fred Hersch
Concert also available via livestream and available for 72 hours from time of broadcast. 

About 92nd Street Y:  The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92Y offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92Y.org. 


December 11, 2021