Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Available Fall 2021
Video and Interactive Study Guide for Grades 4 - 6

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 will bring 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.

Chevalier Project Creative Team

Producer / Musician

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 / Script Writer

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. 

Director / Designer

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.. 

Narrator / Saint-Georges

Omari Tau

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.

Performances of works by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Amaryn Olmeda, violin

Omid Zoufonoun, conductor

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

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

Parker van Ostrand, piano

Joseph Bologne,

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Adagio in F minor for solo piano

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 from Six Concertante Quartets

The VITA Academy's Chevalier Project is sponsored by

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

If you would like to support this project,

please use the link below to visit the VITA Academy

The Extraordinary Life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

  • Available Fall 2021
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