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We are the Knights
"It's a really beautiful thing, and they've created it using the values of their generation."
Yo-Yo Ma on The Knights

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Meet The Knights, the trailblazing group of young musicians Yo-Yo Ma has called “a chamber music experience in orchestral form.” Brought together by brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen, The Knights are a collaborative collection of friends from diverse musical backgrounds working to change the face of classical music. With influences from Bach to rock, the orchestra energizes audiences around the world, delighting and surprising both discerning classical music patrons and newer listeners. In We Are The Knights, host Paula Zahn brings you behind the scenes with The Knights to see the group’s unique rehearsal practices, touching history, and promising future. We Are The Knights features interviews with Colin and Eric Jacobsen, their father Eddie, members of the orchestra, “Performance Today” radio host Fred Child, and Yo-Yo Ma. Best of all, We Are The Knights takes you to incomparable performances of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Copland, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

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Composers
Below are the composers and songs featured in We Are The Knights. Click the composer’s image for a link to his or her biography.

Siamak Aghaei

Siamak Aghaei (b. 1974)
Ascending Bird

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
The Turkish March

Lisa Bielawa

Lisa Bielawa
Tempelhof Etude

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Appalachian Spring

Antonín Dvorák

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Waldesruhe (Silent Woods)

Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
Night of the Flying Horses

Yotam Haber

Yotam Haber (b. 1976)
New Ghetto Music

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)
Machine Gun

Colin Jacobsen

Colin Jacobsen (1978)
Ascending Bird
Achilles' Heel

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major

Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Oblivion

Dimitri Shostakovich

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2

Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)
Concerto for Two Violas in G Major

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Symphony No. 3 in D Major
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor

Komitas Vardapet

Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935)
Vagharshabadi Dance

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