Bill McGlaughlin, the radio host, trombonist and conductor, presented the event, the last of the season. He said he was stepping in for the WQXR host Midge Woolsey, who was getting married.
Eric Jacobsen conducted the concert, which opened with the "Turkish March" from Beethoven's incidental music for "The Ruins of Athens," a play by August von Kotzebue. Since the work wasn't included on the printed program, Mr. McGlaughlin asked the audience to guess who the composer might be. Next came a vivacious performance of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" Overture.
Vera Beths was the soloist in Beethoven's Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F. It was a tentative performance marred by memory slips and intonation problems.
Mr. Jacobsen invited the audience to dance along to two waltzes by Shostakovich: the first from his score for the 1948 Soviet film "Michurin" and the second, used in the 1999 film "Eyes Wide Shut," from his Suite for Variety Orchestra. Both were performed in appealing arrangements by Lev Zhurbin, known as Ljova.
After intermission came Henri Mouton's arrangement of Debussy's "Children's Corner" suite, originally for piano. Debussy dedicated it to his daughter, Claude-Emma, nicknamed Chou-Chou, who was 3 when he composed the work in 1908. The Knights played three of the six movements: "Serenade of the Doll," "The Little Shepherd" and "Golliwogg's Cakewalk." Jim Roe was the excellent oboe soloist.
The program concluded with a spirited rendition of Haydn's "Clock" Symphony in D, No. 101. Mr. McGlaughlin introduced the work by describing Haydn as the "Leonardo da Vinci of music" for echoing a ticking rhythm in the second movement, one of his witty inventive touches.