The Chevalier – Winston-Salem Symphony

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was the archetypal Renaissance man: a gentleman of the nobility, champion fencer, general of Europe’s first black military regiment, a crusader against slavery, virtuoso violinist, and a composer whose works were celebrated by the greatest musicians of his age. Bill Barclay’s play with music portrays Bologne in a deservedly heroic light: as a friend to the young Mozart, as an enlightening mentor to Marie Antionette, and above all, as a true patriot of equality – an ideal that shines through the fabric of his music.