Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “The Chevalier: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges”
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Bill Barclay, Author & Director
Brendon Elliott, solo violin
It is 1778 and a bedridden, bankrupt Mozart is carried into Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier’s kitchen. In spite of obvious differences, these two men of genius forge a friendship of equals navigating the new racial politics of a city hostile to outsiders. The Chevalier’s weekly music lessons with Marie Antoinette associate him with the monarchy at a time of civil unrest, forcing him to choose between his loyalty to the crown and the violent pursuit of abolition while revolution inflames France.
This unique ‘concert theatre’ approach intersperses Bologne’s finest movements with dramatic and comedic scenes. The 85-minute show is followed by a 15-minute talkback with the audience.