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The Knights with Brooklyn Youth Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus

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Location

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Price Range

$25

Date & Times

9

Jun, 2016

Thursday, 8:30 PM

Event Info

Part of NY PHIL BIENNIAL

martiniPlay Date with composers and performers at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (between the double bill).

The Knights — “spirited and vital” (The New York Times) and one of New York’s “most imaginative high-powered young ensembles” (The Washington Post) — joins forces with the top youth choruses from coast to coast, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus. Featuring new music by “the hottest composer on the planet” (The Daily Telegraph) Nico Muhly, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and more.

This concert is a double bill with a 7:00 PM concert featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Your ticket gives you entry to both concerts. Click here for program information for the 7:00 PM concert.

Presented by the New York Philharmonic

Program

Aaron Jay Kernis

Remembering the Sea — Souvenir de la Mer (World Premiere)

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Lisa Bielawa

My Outstretched Hand (World Premiere)

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Colin Jacobsen

If I Were Not Me (World Premiere)

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Nico Muhly

Impossible Things (U.S. Premiere)

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Timo Andres

Comfort Food (New York Premiere)

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Artists

Eric Jacobsen

Conductor

Eric Jacobsen

Conductor

Conductor

Conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen is co-founder and artistic director of The Knights; a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider; and, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. Eric Jacobsen was also recently named music director of the Orlando Philharmonic beginning in the 2015–16 season. Mr. Jacobsen co-founded The Knights to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage, and as music director he has led the group at venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, Dresden Musikfestspiele, and Cologne Philharmonie. Recent collaborators include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jan Vogler, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, and soprano Dawn Upshaw. Under Mr. Jacobsen’s baton, The Knights recording collection includes January 2016’s the ground beneath our feet, the ensemble’s first for Warner Classics. The Knights previously issued three albums for Sony Classical — Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York, New Worlds, and an all-Beethoven album pairing the Triple Concerto and Fifth Symphony — and A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011. As a guest conductor, Mr. Jacobsen recently led the Camerata Bern, the Detroit and Alabama Symphony Orchestras, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. In the 2014–15 season Mr. Jacobsen celebrated his first season as music director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and artistic partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Upcoming engagements include leading the Orlando Philharmonic, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, and Silk Road Ensemble, and touring with The Knights in the U.S. and Europe. A dedicated chamber musician, Eric Jacobsen is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and as a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, he has taken part in World Premieres and toured extensively in North America and Europe. 

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The Knights

The Knights

The Knights are an orchestral collective — flexible in size and repertory, and dedicated to transforming the concert experience — that have become known for engaging listeners and defying boundaries with programs that showcase the players’ roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The Knights’ 2015–16 season kicked off at Caramoor, with a performance featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The group is in residence at Brooklyn’s BRIC House, as part of a series of New York City residencies undertaken with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This winter, The Knights teamed up with violinist Gil Shaham on a North American tour and appeared on Shaham’s 1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2, released in February, on which they joined the violinist on Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Recent highlights include The Knights’ debut at Carnegie Hall in the New York Premiere of the Steven Stucky–Jeremy Denk opera The Classical Style; a U.S. tour with banjo player Béla Fleck; a European tour with soprano Dawn Upshaw, including the group’s debut at Vienna’s Musikverein; frequent festival appearances at Ravinia and Tanglewood; and seven years of free summer performances at Central Park’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts. The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music reading parties among friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsens, who serve as artistic directors of The Knights, were selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. The Knights’ roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers, who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance. 

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus — WQXR’s 2016–17 artists-in-residence, now celebrating its 25th anniversary — is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and distinctively beautiful sound. With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with exceptional performance experiences. The chorus has appeared with acclaimed orchestras and conductors, including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and under the batons of Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Additionally, the chorus has performed with major recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend. The chorus received a 2005 Grammy Award for the recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls with the New York Philharmonic.

Silent Voices, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 25th anniversary project that premieres at BAM for the winter–spring season in May 2017, harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change, giving voice to those silenced or marginalized by social, cultural, or religious circumstances. The chorus has appeared at important contemporary music festivals including the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Ecstatic Music Festival, MusicNOW, 21c Liederabend, and the Prototype Festival. It has also toured throughout the United States and Europe, including on recent trips to Arizona, Chicago, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, London, and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1992 by artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s program encompasses more than 650 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at their Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which, under her leadership, has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Gustavo Dudamel. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 New York Philharmonic debut in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, for the recording of which the chorus won a Grammy Award in 2005. Ms. Berkun Menaker is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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San Francisco Girls Chorus

Chorus

San Francisco Girls Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Since its founding in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) has been a pioneer in the field of choral music for young women’s voices. With a mission to create outstanding performances featuring the unique and compelling sound of young women’s voices through an exemplary music education program, SFGC is a regional center for music education and performance for girls and young women, ages 5–18. More than 350 singers from 160 schools in 48 Bay Area cities participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed “a model in the country for training girls’ voices” by the California Arts Council. SFGC performs more than 100 concerts each year, reaching 50,000 to 100,000 people locally and internationally. Following a 30th anniversary season that included featured performances at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and a New York debut at Lincoln Center, SFGC has furthered its status as an internationally celebrated professional choral ensemble. In 2010 the ensemble won its fourth and fifth Grammy Awards for Mahler’s Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2013 it toured to Berlin, Germany, to participate in artistic director Lisa Bielawa’s large-scale spatial symphony, Tempelhof Broadcast, and performed as part of the San Francisco iteration of the ambitious piece, Crissy Broadcast, in October 2013. Under the direction of music director and principal conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, SFGC performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, and has appeared with many other renowned cultural organizations including the Simón Bolivar Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, ODC/Dance, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, and Tokyo Philharmonic.

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Lisa Bielawa

Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Lisa Bielawa

Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Artistic Director, San Francisco Girls Chorus

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. She takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Born in San Francisco into a musical family, Ms. Bielawa played violin and piano, sang, and composed from childhood. She moved to New York in 1990, after graduating from Yale University, and became an active participant in New York musical life. She began touring as the vocalist with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992 and has premiered and toured works by John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Michael Gordon. In 1997 she co-founded the MATA Festival, which celebrates the work of young composers. Ms. Bielawa was appointed artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in 2013 and is an artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Lisa Bielawa’s music is frequently performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recent highlights include a performance of Trojan Women at Le Poisson Rouge and a residency at Zorn’s The Stone, plus world premieres of Hypermelodia at The Rivers School Conservatory, The Right Weather by ACO at Carnegie Hall, The Lay of the Love and Death at Lincoln Center, Chance Encounter by Susan Narucki and The Knights, and Airfield Broadcasts, a work for hundreds of musicians that was premiered on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in May 2013 and later performed at Crissy Field in San Francisco in October 2013. Ms. Bielawa is currently at work on Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, a new opera composed on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, created for episodic release via broadcast and online media. Vireo won the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award. Her latest album, The Lay of the Love, was released on Innova in June 2015.

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Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Tenor Nicholas Phan, named one of NPR’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, performing diverse repertoire ranging from Claudio Monteverdi to Elliott Carter and beyond. An avid recitalist and passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music, Mr. Phan co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), an organization devoted to promoting this underserved corner of the classical music repertoire, in 2011. His most recent solo album, A Painted Tale, was released on Avie Records in February 2015. His first two solo albums, Still Fall the Rain and Winter Words, both featuring the music of Benjamin Britten, made many “best of” lists, including those of The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Boston Globe. This season Mr. Phan appeared as Inverno in the U.S. Premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera with Philharmonia Baroque and as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Boston Baroque. He sang the tenor arias and Evangelist on a tour of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with Apollo’s Fire, and the Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with the Strasbourg Philharmonic. As artistic director of CAIC, he curated and performed in the organization’s fourth annual Collaborative Works Festival. Other season highlights include solo recitals in Istanbul and Sonoma, and at the Library of Congress; returns to Da Camera of Houston and the Dallas and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras; and his Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center debut.

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Colin Jacobsen

Violin

Colin Jacobsen

Violin

Violin

Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is a founding member of two game-changing, audience-expanding ensembles — the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights. As a violinist, he is a touring member of Yo-Yo Ma’s venerated Silk Road Project and a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mr. Jacobsen’s work as a composer developed as a natural outgrowth of his chamber and orchestral collaborations. Jointly inspired by encounters with leading exponents of non-western traditions and by his own classical heritage, his most recent compositions for Brooklyn Rider include Three Miniatures, which were written for the reopening of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Islamic art galleries. Colin Jacobsen collaborated with Iran’s Siamak Aghaei to write a Persian folk-inflected composition, Ascending Bird, which he performed as soloist with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, in a concert that was streamed live by millions of viewers worldwide. Mr. Jacobsen’s work for dance and theater includes Chalk and Soot, a collaboration with Dance Heginbotham, and music for Compagnia de’ Colombari’s theatrical production of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

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