Eric and Colin Jacobsen Return to Ravinia Where They Spent Many ‘Knights’ in RSMI

Brothers Eric Jacobsen (cello) and Colin Jacobsen (violin) have come a long way since forming the most talked-about orchestra in the country, a new breed of ensemble that actually votes on what it will play. Not only are The Knights intriguing enough to be the subject of the 2011 documentary We Are the Knights, but they consistently work with the biggest names in classical music, as they will to close the 2012 Ravinia season with cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing Schumann on Sept. 7, violinist Itzhak Perlman playing chestnuts on Sept. 8 and soprano Dawn Upshaw in a French-inspired concert in the Martin Theatre on Sept. 9. Ravinia marks a homecoming of sorts for the Brooklyn-based brothers, who are both alumni of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Ravinia’s summer conservatory which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013.