Music of the Baroque, in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, and Concert Theatre Works, presents the Midwest premiere of The Chevalier. 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 featuring four outstanding actors, written and directed by Bill Barclay.
Written and directed by Bill Barclay
Music by Joseph Bologne
Additional music by Mozart & Glück
Music arranged by Bill Barclay
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