Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

The Knights with Aaron Diehl, Piano
Exploring the Flow Between Jazz, Classicism, and European Modernism

No upcoming perfomances found for this event.

We are sad to share that The Knights with Aaron Diehl have canceled their upcoming performance at the Gaillard Center, originally scheduled for Sunday, January 23, 2022. It will not be rescheduled.

A note from the show:

“The Knights have regrettably canceled this performance due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases across the country. The health and safety of their patrons, musicians, staff and stage crew has been their top priority since the beginning of the pandemic. They are disappointed not to be able to tour at this time.”

All ticket holders have been contacted. If you have any questions, please contact the Ticket Office at (843) 242-3099 or

“Few ensembles are as adept at mixing old music with new as the dynamic Brooklyn orchestra.”

The New Yorker

“Aaron Diehl is an afficionado of the early tradition of jazz piano.”

Broadway World

Colin Jacobsen & Eric Jacobsen, Co-Artistic Directors | Eric Jacobsen, Conductor


Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Maurice Ravel: Selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin
George Gershwin (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Rhapsody in Blue
Mary Lou Williams: Selections from Zodiac Suite
Igor Stravinsky (arr. Michael P. Atkinson): Firebird Suite (1919-2020 version)

(Program subject to change.)


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 been proud to tour and record with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and has performed at such prestigious institutions as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverein. Through adventurous programming, unbridled energy, and a collaborative music-making process, The Knights bring classical music to life in a way that surprises and inspires both new and longtime listeners.

Since their inception in New York City in the early 2000s, The Knights have challenged assumptions about orchestral music. The ensemble grew out of informal chamber music readings at the home of brothers Eric and Colin Jacobsen — now the group’s Artistic Directors — and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2007. The 36 members of The Knights are graduates of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and other leading music schools and conservatories. They are accomplished soloists, orchestral players, and chamber musicians as well as composers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group.


Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums on Mack Avenue Records — and appearances at such historic venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Village Vanguard and New York Philharmonic — the American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter fellow now focuses his attention on his forthcoming solo album and ongoing curation of Black American composers programming with emphasis on William Grant Still. A Juilliard graduate, Aaron has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Philip Glass and GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. He recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist.

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