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Hatfield Hall Valentine’s Day Concert to be a Sweetheart for Classical Music Fans

February 8, 2013

        The Knights

The Knights,
with Special Guest Wu Man

Thursday, February 14
7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute

Tickets: $23 to $27 for adults, $10 for students.

Purchase tickets by visiting or calling the Hatfield Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544. The desk is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and two hours before each event.

Rose-Hulman will be the venue for a special Valentine’s Day concert by New York City-based chamber orchestra, The Knights, on Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage. This special show will also help kick off the Chinese New Year celebration with as the orchestra is joined by renowned pipa virtuoso, Wu Man.

Tickets range from $23 to $27 for adults and are $10 for students. They may be purchased by visiting or calling the Hatfield Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544. The desk is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and two hours before each event. Complete season information, including artist video clips, is available at

One of the most exciting new groups to emerge in recent years, The Knights’ 40-member chamber orchestra has taken the world of classical music by storm. Led by brothers Colin and Eric Jaconbsen, The Knights is an orchestra of friends from a broad spectrum of the New York music world. The brothers cultivate collaborative music making and creatively engage audiences in the shared joy of musical performance. With open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they expand the orchestral concert experience with programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and their passion for musical discovery.

“It’s quite common to hear about two brothers starting their own band,” comments Performing Arts Coordinator Bunny Nash, “but it’s even cooler that these guys got 22 of their closest musician buddies to form an orchestra. They’re really developing a following—even Yo-Yo Ma sits in with them on occasion to jam.”

The Knights grew from informal chamber music readings at the Jacobsens’ home. The collaborative spirit of chamber music continues within the ensemble, which provides a forum for individual ideas and radical inquiry. Members of The Knights are graduates of the Juilliard, Curtis, Manhattan, Mannes, and Eastman music schools. As soloists, members have performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Orchestra. 

Many members of The Knights bring talents that go beyond traditional orchestral skills; there are composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group.

The Knights recently recorded two albums for Sony Classical. The first project featured internationally-recognized cellist Jan Vogler in the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 from a live recording at New York's cutting-edge concert venue, Le Poisson Rouge. Also on the album are arrangements of Shostakovich waltzes and the Jimi Hendrix song "Machine Gun." Their second album, "New Worlds," features works by Copland, Dvorak, Ives, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Osvaldo Golijov.

Wu Man           
Wu Man  

Accompanying The Knights for part of the program will be Grammy-nominee Wu Man, whose adventurous musical spirit has led to her becoming a respected expert on the history and preservation of Chinese musical traditions. She has been cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World.”

Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man was the first musician to earn a master’s degree in pipa at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She currently lives in Boston and is a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Wu Man is the first artist from China to have performed at the White House, playing alongside Yo-Yo Ma with whom she now collaborates as part of the Silk Road Project. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Germany’s Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and her touring has taken her to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Information about upcoming Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series shows, including artist video clips, are available at