Chevalier de Saint-Georges & Mozart II


30 June 2021

30 June 2021
Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street
01865 980980

Chevalier de Saint-Georges & Mozart I & II

About Chevalier de Saint-Georges & Mozart II

Divertimento in B flat major, K. 137

Symphonie Concertante in G major, Op. 13 No. 2

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

Laura Ruiz Ferreres clarinet
Marios Papadopoulos conductor

In the mid-1760s the child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart took Paris by storm. At the end of the same decade, Parisians witnessed the rise of another virtuoso, the violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

The illegitimate son of a wealthy planter and one of his slaves, born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Joseph first came to prominence as a champion fencer. But it was as a musician that he left a greater legacy, as a soloist and concertmaster in Paris and as one of the first known classical composers of African origin.

This series of two concerts pairs the works of the two composers, who were shaped by similar musical traditions but radically different backgrounds. This second concert begins with Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat major which is followed by Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Symphonie Concertante in G major, a fine example of a genre which he pioneered. The concert concludes with Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto.

Estimated end time: 20:15

Good to know

  • There will be no interval.
  • This concert will be filmed live and will be released free of charge at a later date.
  • Entry to the venue will be staggered, and ticket holders will be contacted with their allocated entry time and door at least 24 hours before the start of the concert. Please note this could be up to 45 minutes before the concert begins.
  • Please make sure you arrive at the correct door at the correct time. The organisers will unfortunately not be able to admit late arrivals.
  • All audience members will be required to sanitise their hands on entry and wear a mask at all times inside the venue, even if fully vaccinated.
    Please note that toilets will only be available for use in an emergency due to limited facilities.
  • Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15