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