Known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 18th-century Black composer Joseph Bologne was a virtuoso violinist, a friend of Mozart and Marie Antoinette, the finest fencer in Europe, general of Europe’s first Black regiment and a crusader for the abolishment of slavery. Weaving together Bologne’s own music with semi-staged dialogue, The Chevalier ultimately offers a thoughtful meditation on the true nature of equality.

Dame Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and violin soloist Brendon Elliott in this concert-theater work written and directed by Bill Barclay and featuring four outstanding actors.

The Midwest premiere of The Chevalier is presented by Music of the Baroque in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

Written and directed by Bill Barclay
Music by Joseph Bologne
Additional music by Mozart & Glück
Music arranged by Bill Barclay

Sunday, February 20, 2022
8:00 PM

The Chevalier

Program to include works by

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Mozart and Gluck

Director, writer, producer and actor

Generous support for The Chevalier is provided by the Zell Family Foundation.

Commissioned by The Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2018
Debuted at the Tanglewood Learning Institute in 2019
Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2020
Recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant in 2021

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