Le Mozart Noir: Program

Friday evening, February 26 and Saturday Evening February 27, 8:00 p.m.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts

The Dallas Bach Society James Richman, Artistic Director with
Yatande Boko, Haitian Drums Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Mezzo-Soprano James Andrewes, Violin Soloist Quartet Galant and
Contemporary Ballet Dallas Valerie Shelton Tabor, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Present: Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Story

Narrator: Brandon Chase McGee
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Terrance Johnson
Marie Joseph, Love Interest: Addison Holmes
Father of the Chevalier: Bryan Cunningham
Mother of the Chevalier: Kirsten Hamm
Soul of the Slave: Darrell Cleveland
Fencing Instructor: Trevor Wright
Dancers: Colby Calhoun, Marielle McGregor, Stephen McMaryion, Laura Pearson, Sophi Siragusa, Lea Zablocki
Music by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. George, except as noted

I. Youth

Drums of the Indies
Yatande Boko, Drummer
Dancers: Colby Calhoun, Darrell Cleveland, Kirsten Hamm, Terrance Johnson, Marielle McGregor, Stephen McMaryion, Laura Pearson & Sophi Siragusa

The Opera House
“Son amour, sa constance extrême” from L’Amant anonyme, Chevalier de St-George
Joanna Lynn-Jacobs, Soprano

Trio of Mother, Son, Daughter Quartet in C minor – Allegro

Contredanse: “Le Saint-Georges”
(named for the Chevalier, composer unknown)

Reconstructed from period notation by Catherine Turocy
Dancers: Addison Holmes, Bryan Cunningham, Terrance Johnson, Marielle McGregor, Laura Pearson, Trevor Wright, and Lea Zablocki

II. Investment

Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord

Learning to Fence
Quartet in G Minor – Allegro

III. Ego

Dance of Swooning Ladies
Quartet in C Major – Allegro assai


Aria: “Son amour, sa constance extrême” from L’Amant anonyme, Chevalier de St-George

IV. Identity

Pas de Deux of the Chevalier & Marie Minuet & Interruption
The Struggle/Call to Action

Music composed by Mark Landson (2016) Dance of the Brigade

V. Humility

Violin Concerto in D, Opus 3 #1, Adagio

Violin Concerto in D, Opus 3 #1, Rondo

This production made possible in part with a generous grant from the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund of TACA.

Stage Manager: Natalie Young
Set Design: Scott Tatum
Technical Director: Carlos Castillo
Lighting Design: Suzanne Lavender
Costume Design: Fernando Hernandez
Dance of the Brigade: Stephen McMaryion
Project Dance Consultants: Catherine Turocy and Marcea Daiter
Production Coordinator for Booker T. Washington HS: Paul Bain

About the Program:

The story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges is unique. The support of the New Works Fund has allowed us to attempt something more than just of concert of his music. Instead we have decided to present a more involved new creation with the hope of recreating the context of his life and times. Given the nature of eighteenth-century theater and dance, it would be extraordinarily difficult to tell his story through period forms – the narrative ballet was only being invented at this time, and its subject matter was not realistic or historical in any event.

Thus comes our decision to use a “modern” ballet in order to relate the Chevalier’s story for today’s audience, and its desire to go beyond the formalities of the Classic period in music history. In such a context it also necessary to go beyond the music of the period, and thus the decision to commission some new music from a composer who has worked with the choreographer, for the conflict sections of the ballet where Classic period music would seem too formal for today.

A final consideration is that it is most difficult even to produce a concert of music entirely by Classic period composers unless they happen to be named Mozart or Haydn, or happen to be sons of Sebastian Bach. It is so very odd that the Classical style, inspired by the rediscovery of Roman forms with the excavation of Pompeii in 1767, led to a total revolution in music which today is exemplified by two great geniuses, Haydn and Mozart, almost to the exclusion of their peers. While occasionally operas by Gluck, Cimarosa, and even Hasse, are performed, it is exceedingly rare for a symphony of Cannabich, Saint-Georges, or even Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to be played in concert in our time!

Our ballet as imagined by Ms. Shelton Tabor is designed to illustrate the rich fabric of the Chevalier’s life and times, and its meaning for today’s artistic world, using today’s dance forms, and employing music of the Chevalier and his era, as well as some new music by Mark Landson based on historical models. Our profound thanks go to the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund of TACA for their generous support of this project.

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Le Mozart Noir, adored by women, was a consumate musician and conductor, master swordsman, and fighter during the French Revolution