The 92nd Street Y announced that The Knights will serve as the ensemble-in-residence during its May 18 92Y Together online event. This three-year collaboration, which will encompass concert performances, family events, outreach and education initiatives, and the development of new projects, is the New York City-based nonprofit cultural and community center’s first such residency with a large ensemble since the Y Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, which lasted from 1977 to 1986.
“Now, despite the uncertainty looming over the cultural landscape, we feel it is more important than ever to imagine a more vibrant future and to continue to invest in the performing arts generally, and classical music specifically, at the 92nd Street Y,” said Seth Pinsky, who serves as CEO of the 92nd Street Y.
“Over the past few months, the 92nd Street Y has been on the cutting edge of concert presenting, reaching audiences in new ways during these strange times,” added Hanna Arie-Gaifman, who serves as the director of the 92nd Street Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts. “Once we can return to our Kaufmann Concert Hall, we will continue to innovate through this long-term, holistic relationship.”
“As we experience the collective trauma of the moment we’re in, we know that our world, our country, and our beloved city New York will need to go through an extensive healing process,” commented Colin Jacobsen, who co-founded The Knights and shares the role of Artistic Director with his brother Eric Jacobsen. “We believe music can be a powerful catalyst for that healing, and The Knights can’t wait to be with everyone at the 92nd Street Y in person, able to share once again in the communal experience of live concert music.”