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Artist In Residence: The Knights

Flexible in size and repertory, The Knights are dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music. Led by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, The Knights seek to engage with contemporary culture through vibrant performances that honor the classical tradition and our passion for musical discovery.

The year 2020 marked the start of The Knights’ residency at Usdan. While the first summer of Usdan’s Artist in Residence program is typically a research year, this was unfortunately altered due to the COVID pandemic. Though we did not run camp, the partnership between Usdan and The Knights was alive for Summer 2020 just the same. 

We hope to have The Knights work safely with some of our students in Summer 2021, which could include observing classes and student learning, trying out creative ideas, and more.


This Time (Spring/Summer 2020)

The Knights created a two part piece for the Usdan community. “This Time” was choreographed and danced by Maile Okamura accompanied on the violin by co-Artistic Director of The Knights Colin Jacobsen. Part I was filmed in Prospect Park near Colin and Maile’s home in Brooklyn and shared at a virtual Usdan community gathering. Part II of the piece was filmed while on the Usdan campus.

This Time: Part I


This Time: Part II



Rehearsal in McKinley Amphitheater (Summer 2020)

In late July, our dormant amphitheater came back to life thanks to The Knights. For three days, a sextet rehearsed with masks on, in the safe open air, to prepare for their livestream broadcast from Caramoor on July 23. The rehearsal was written about in Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss’ weekly Musing “Waking Up the Senses”

Rehearsal of Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G, Op. 36


Interview with co-Artistic Director Colin Jacobsen


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