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Born in 1745 on the island of Guadeloupe, son of an enslaved Senegalese woman and a wealthy French landowner, Joseph was taken to Paris as a young boy to be educated at the best schools, trained as a fencer, equestrian, dancer and, above all, violinist, composer and conductor. Through music, narration, and shadow artistry, the Chevalier Project brings to life the music and talent of Saint-Georges, allowing young students a glimpse of the challenges he faced because of his skin color while emphasizing his strength of character, his intellectual prowess, and his exceptional gift for music.

Susan Lamb Cook (cellist), Deborah Pittman (clarinetist), and Christopher Cook (visual artist/director) collaborate to create a multimedia work narrated by vocal artist, Omari Tau in this new and imaginative work that marries fascinating historical narrative, vibrant visual art, and majestic music to tell this awe-inspiring tale.​

The film and study guide are currently available free of charge to all schools not only in the greater Sacramento and Nevada City areas but also nationwide, to enrich the classroom education of 4-6 grade students. Please use the registration form on this page to access materials.
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Susan Lamb Cook

Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis, a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and director of the VITA Academy’s Great Composers Chamber Music Series at the Harris Center in Folsom.

Producer / Musician

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Deborah Pittman

Holds BS and MA degrees in music performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and has done doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. A professor emeritus after 23 years as Professor of Clarinet and Musical Theatre at California State University, Sacramento, she continues to receive commissions to create performance pieces for the stage. 

Producer / Script Writer

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Christopher Cook

Puppeteer, designer, builder and performer, working throughout the Sacramento area. His creations have appeared with numerous community organizations and universities including the Sacramento Chorale Society and Orchestra, Sacramento Theatre Company, Barnyard Theatre, and the Pacific Rim Festival. 

Director / Designer


Omari Tau

Narrator / Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Omari Tau is known primarily as a singer of styles ranging from classical, jazz, and musical theater to pop and R&B.  He is currently professor of Vocal Music at Cosumnes River College, and Artistic Director of Rogue Music Project (RMP), a collective specializing in opera and classical music on the fringe.

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Parker van Ostrand, piano


Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Adagio in F minor for solo piano

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Sarah Brown

Educational Partner

Sarah Brown is the Elementary Music Lead Teacher for the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento County. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education, and a Master’s in Educational Technology. She has been teaching in public schools since 2008. She has taught elementary general music, elementary band, and middle school band. She is a member of the California Music Educators Association, and she volunteers for the Richards Institute of Education and Research.

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Amaryn Olmeda, violin

Omid Zoufonoun, conductor

Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

"Rondo" from Violin Concerto in D, Post. No. 2

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Chevalier String Quartet

Dagenais Smiley, violin
Chase Spruill, violin
Cassandra Lynne Richburg, viola
Susan Lamb Cook, cello

Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

"Allegro" from String Quartet in C Major, Six Concertante Quartets


Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Gala Event!

Join us for the Chevalier Project Premiere on August 27th 2021 at 7:30pm!

You may register for free 

The Chevalier Project is sponsored by

The VITA Academy

Great Composers Chamber Music Series

The City of Sacramento

Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation

First US Community Credit Union

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

Music in the Mountains

Robert and Peg Rucker

Phil and Julie Angelides

Sacramento Alumni Chapter, Mu Phi Epsilon

many generous contributors through the Network for Good

with special thanks to

The Crocker Art Museum

UC Davis Department of Music

Capital Public Radio, Sacramento


"The Extraordinary Life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges"
Available Now
Register to receive free links to video and study guide!
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