James Conlon conducts the Second Symphony by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon continues his mission to perform music by composers whose work has been erased from history. Saint-Georges (1745-1799) was born on a plantation on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The son of Georges de Bologne Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter, and Anne dite Nanon, his wife’s African slave, he became a classical composer, virtuoso violinist, conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, and a renowned champion fencer. He composed numerous string quartets and other instrumental pieces, as well as operas. For this digital concert, Mr. Conlon pairs Saint-Georges’ Second Symphony with Mozart’s “Linz Symphony.”
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