Posted on January 30, 2017, 9:53 pm
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This Friday, February 3 brings a special musical program to the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. The Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Seattle Early Music Guild present Le Mozart Noir, a night of music composed by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. From the Early Music Guild:

One of the greatest composers of the late Baroque/early Classical period was Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Known as “Le Mozart Noir,” he was one of the earliest musicians of the European classical tradition to have African ancestry. Incredibly, this son of a slave overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a major musical star all over Europe, inspiring both Mozart and Haydn. Today, he is almost entirely forgotten, not just by the general audience, but by many professional classical musicians. This large-scale orchestral program includes several of his violin concertos, orchestral works by Mozart, and one of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies. Seattle Baroque Orchestra is joined by violinist Monica Huggett to highlight this incredibly influential composer.

There will be a pre-concert talk with Dr. Quinton Morris.


Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Le Mozart Noir

When: Friday, February 3, 7:30pm

Where: Benaroya Hall (200 University St)

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