Trinity Church on the Green, 230 Temple St
New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT — The American Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Bailey, will perform on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30pm at Trinity Church on the Green, corner of Temple and Chapel Streets. “Son of a Slave, Pioneer of Music,” features the rarely heard music of Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de St. Georges, the first classical composer of African descent. Bologne was an eminent violinist, conductor, and composer of 18th century France, as well as an important anti-slavery activist.
The program will also include narration, telling the story of Bologne’s life, pursuits, and triumphs. Born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Joseph was the son of Nanon, an African slave, and George Bologne, a wealthy planter. When Joseph was eight years old, his father took him and his mother to Paris for greater opportunities and to become a free member of society. Bologne’s career led him to write music that pushed the known limits for the violin and orchestra.