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Out of the Silence: Program Four

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.


PROGRAM


DUKE ELLINGTON Solitude (arr. Gould)

DUKE ELLINGTON Sophisticated Lady (arr. Gould)

JOSEPH BOLOGNE, CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 2, No. 1

BELA BARTOK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta


ARTISTS


The Orchestra Now

Leon Botstein, conductor

Cyrus Beroukhim and Philip Payton, violins


LINK


https://fishercenter.bard.edu/events/out-of-the-silence-4/


 

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