Ars Lyrica presents An Uncommon Chevalier
Ars Lyrica presents An Uncommon Chevalier, a program that will transport the audience to a lively Parisian concert hall in the mid 1780s, just before the Revolution changed everything.
An accomplished composer, violinist, conductor, fencer, and dancer, Joseph de Bologne became the toast of Paris in the early 1770s. The son of a plantation owner and an African slave, the younger mixed-race Bologne acquired the title Chevalier de Saint-Georges thanks to Louis XV, in whose personal guard he briefly served, and eventually became a favorite of Marie Antoinette. The program features a tuneful violin concerto from Saint-Georges, a comparable work from a contemporary, and a symphony commissioned by the Chevalier.