1 Before the concert by The Knights, guests were seated beneath the tent for the Caramoor Harvest Dinner.
2 Here I am with Jim Attwood - Caramoor Chairman and Andrew Saul - Chairman of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.
3 My friend Memrie Lewis engaged in conversation
4 The Harvest Dinner was prepared by Bedford Post Inn and it was a benefit for music and culture.
5 Richard Gere, the owner of Bedford Post Inn, was the Honorary Chair of the evening.
6 The centerpieces were seasonal and rustic. I loved this presentation of acorns.
7 Vases of dahlias were colorful and very festive.
8 The dinner was delicious. FIRST COURSE - Puglian Mozzarella ash roasted beets, smoked caviar, chive SECOND COURSE - Mushroom Minestra charcoal grilled mushrooms, parmigiano broth THIRD COURSE - Dry Aged Duck leg and farro ragu, chestnuts and squash
9 Richard Gere introduced Bedford Post's Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan, who was responsible for the evening's fine menu and food preparation.
10 Following dinner, we moved to the Venetian Theater for a concert by The Knights, a New York-based orchestra.
11 While music students in the late 1990s, brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen invited fellow musicians to their home for informal chamber music readings of new and historical music.
12 Grey Fulmer - double bass and Shawn Conley - double bass –– Soon, these informal gatherings turned into public recitals and the ensemble “The Knights of the Many-Sided Table” was formed.
13 Ariana Kim - violin and Guillaume Pirard - violin, preforming Steve Reich's Duet for Two Violins and String Ensemble –– The group grew in number as performances became more frequent, but the original collaborative spirit of chamber music remained.
14 Eric Jacobsen - cellist –– The group's name, shortened to “The Knights”, has symbolized the orchestra’s quest: always searching out something bold and true to the music.
15 Johnny Gandelsman - violin and Adam Hollander - oboe, preforming Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe –– The Knights is made up of composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group from various musical genres.
16 Shawn Conley - The next composition was Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 8 in G, "Le Soir." –– Rather than have one conductor, every player in the orchestra contributes in the rehearsal process.
17 Adam Hollander - oboe - Following an intermission, The Knights continued with Igor Stravinsky's Concerto in E-flat, "Dumbarton Oaks." –– The Knights share a strong camaraderie built over years of friendship.
18 Colin Jacobsen - violin and composer and Siamak Aghaei - santur (hammered dulcimer) and composer –– Aghaei traveled from Iran to perform in this New York Premier of Colin Jacobsen's Concerto for Santur, Violin, and Orchestra.
19 The audience loved this premiere concerto! These two musicians share a friendship and collaboration that go back almost 15 years, when the two met as musicians at Tanglewood, in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
20 The final piece was by The Knights - the ground beneath our feet.
21 A very unusual composition, the ground beneath our feet is influenced by many different musical styles.
22 The Knights frequently collaborate with leading artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, flutist Paula Robison, singer-songwriter (and Knights violinist) Christina Courtin, tenor Nicholas Phan, Iranian ney virtuoso Siamak Jahangiri, and fiddler Mark O'Connor.