The Knights bring eclectic approach to Louisville debut

Posted on: February 12, 2013

In Sunday’s (2/10) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Elizabeth Kramer writes, “The Knights isn’t a name one might immediately link to an orchestra. And it wasn’t a name this group of young musicians thought of when they were just jamming together in the late 1990s in the Brooklyn living room of brothers Colin Jacobsen, violinist, and Eric Jacobsen, cellist. But they got the name around 2000. It was just before the group’s first public gig, when it was a string ensemble, and someone asked the brothers the name of the group, said violinist Colin Jacobsen in a phone call from New York as he was making his way to a rehearsal. ‘My brother just said, “We’re The Knights,” ’ he recalled. ‘And that was that.’ Since then, the orchestra has grown to include winds and brass and has received accolades for its work. … Next Sunday, The Knights perform in their Louisville debut in a concert with Wu Man, a renowned player of the pipa, a Chinese string instrument, as part of the Speed Concert Series. … The aim of their performances is variety, a value seen in the careers of many of the ensemble’s members. For instance, Colin Jacobsen and his brother are members of the Silk Road Ensemble and the Brooklyn Rider, a string ensemble.”

Posted February 12, 2013