The Knights

The Knights at Carnegie Hall, photo by Pete Checchia

Prime Performance - Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6pm
**Please note that this performance takes place at the University Art Museum


Emily Daggett Smith, exhibiting artist in Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair at the University Art Museum, will perform with members of The Knights, a New York-based collective of “adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music.”  Program will include Andrea Casarrubios's Amid a Place of Stone for solo violin (2020), Reena Esmail's Nadiya for flute and cello (2016), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Quintet in F-sharp minor for clarinet and strings, Op. 10  and a new commission from Gabrielle Herbst.

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Presented in partnership with the University Art Museum and in relation to Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair open at the museum until December 11, 2021. (photo by Pete Checchia)


Two UAlbany Arts Presenters Partner to Present The Knights with Exhibiting Violinist

The University Art Museum and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center, both based at the University at Albany, are pleased to work in partnership to present Emily Daggett Smith with The Knights on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6pm in the University Art Museum on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany. 

Violinist Smith is an exhibiting artist in Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair at the University Art Museum.  She offered three solo concerts – one in September, October and November – each featuring a commissioned solo violin piece entitled Amid a Place of Stone. Composed by Andrea Casarrubios, the piece is a reflection on time spent in isolation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the composer’s words: “This work, conceived during the 2020 pandemic and the ensuing crisis in the performing arts, combines nocturne and passacaglia elements, and traverses a range of phases within the subjects of isolation, vulnerability, and survival.”

To culminate her participation in the exhibit and continue her once-a-month concert schedule at the University Art Museum, Smith will perform a December program with the Knights that will include Amid a Place of Stone along with Reena Esmail's Nadiya for flute and cello (2016), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Quintet in F-sharp minor for clarinet and strings, Op. 10 and a new commission from Gabrielle Herbst.

Smith performs as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician with performances across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. She made her New York concerto debut as a soloist at age 21 in Alice Tully Hall, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Since then, she has performed concerti with many orchestras including Iris Orchestra, Festival Mozaic Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the New York Classical Players.   She has performed solo recitals across the country at venues including the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Music in the Loft in Chicago and Washington Performing Arts’s “Music in the Country.”  Smith is a member of the Knights.

The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and has appeared across the world’s most prestigious stages, including those at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Kennedy Center and the Vienna Musikverein. 

The Los Angeles Times claims, “If we are to talk about the future of classical music in America, sooner or later, the Knights will come up….”

The Knights 2021-22 season features a U.S. tour with virtuoso pianist and composer Aaron Diehl; a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp; a new residency partnership with storied New York City venue 92Y; and the release of a long-anticipated holiday album, The Knights Before Christmas.   

Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair (August 4 to December 11, 2021) features twelve established and emerging artists presenting multi-disciplinary approaches to pandemic-related issues such as kinship, chronic illness, convalescence, intimacy, the emotional costs of caregiving and various incarnations of love and community.  Well/Being also includes participatory workshops, performances and conversations created to provide an environment in which visitors can experience forms of connection, resilience, action and hope in these turbulent times.