Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was born of an enslaved woman in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and went on to become one of Europe's most celebrated gentlemen, soldiers and musicians. As the leader of one of Paris' great orchestras and the music teacher to Queen Marie Antoinette, he inspired jealousy in a teen-aged Mozart, to whom he has often been compared. History has erased his remarkable achievements, accomplished in the face of endemic bigotry.
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 will be available beginning Fall 2021 free of charge to all schools not only in the greater Sacramento and Nevada City areas, to enrich the classroom education of 4-6 grade students.