The Knights

The Knights, with artistic directors, Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen, and conducted by Eric Jacobsen, perform works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Gabriel Kahane, Franz Schubert, Bob Haggart, Ray Bauduc, and Bob Dylan.

Our 111th year of free concerts at the historic Naumburg Bandshell (directions). No tickets issued– 1,000 seats provided on a first come first serve basis. Benches around concert ground also available. The concert is weather dependent– no rain dates, no rain location. Thank you to our donors who generously support our series.

WQXR will broadcast every concert in this series live on 105.9 FM and via live stream on their website.


The Knights

Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen, Artistic Directors

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Gabriel Kahane, vocalist

Franz Joseph Haydn, (1732-1809), Symphony No. 64 in A Major, “Tempora Mutantor”, Hob/ I/64 (1773-75)

I. Allegro con spirito
II. Largo
III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto

Gabriel Kahane, (1981-), Crane Palimpsest (2012)

1. How many dawns…
a. Vinegar Hill
II. I think of cinemas…
b. BMT
III. Out of some subway scuttle…
c. The Navy Yard
IV. O harp and altar…
d. Hicks Street
V. Again the traffic lights…


Franz Schubert, (1797-1828), Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D.485 (1816)

I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto. Allegro molto
IV. Allegro vivace

Bob Haggart (1914-98)/Ray Bauduc (1906-88) (arr. The Knights), “The Big Noise from Winnetka” (1938)

Bob Dylan (1941) (arr. The Knights), “The Times They Are A-Changin” (1938)

**This performance by The Knights has been made possible by a generous grant from Andrea and Guillaume Cuvelier.**

WQXR HOST: Annie Bergen



The Knights are an orchestra of friends from a broad spectrum of the New York music world who are deeply committed to creating original, engaging musical experiences. Led by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, we seek to engage with contemporary culture through vibrant performances that honor the classical tradition and our passion for musical discovery.
We believe in artistic excellence and exploration. We surprise audiences by constantly seeking new approaches to music-making and new exponents of the art form. We strive to play old music like it was written yesterday and inhabit new music in a way that’s familiar and natural. We are serious about having fun. We thrive on camaraderie and friendship. We cultivate a collaborative environment that honors a multiplicity of voices.

See Also: We Are The Knights – a Channel 13 Special on them.