Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music – Program Four
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
Saturday at 5:30 PM
Presented by The Orchestra Now, Bard Music Festival, and Bard College Conservatory of Music
The centerpiece of Program Four is the Violin Concerto in G by Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Violin soloist Ashley Horne, a member of both the American Symphony Orchestra and the Harlem Chamber Players, can also be seen in Le Mozart noir, a PBS documentary about the composer’s life.
The son of a slave and a planter in French Guadeloupe, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was not only the first known classical composer of African ancestry, but also an accomplished violinist, champion fencer and colonel of the first all-Black military regiment in Europe.
Bookending his concerto are orchestral arrangements of Solitude and Sophisticated Lady, two mid-century masterpieces by the inimitable Duke Ellington, and the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók, subject of the 1995 festival.