University Symphony Orchestra
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges, lived a remarkably complex life—rising from 250 years of slavery in his ancestry to an international career in music, politics, and military service. The USO will perform the overture to his only surviving opera, L’Amant Anonyme. The performance also features the work of another virtuoso violinist of African descent, George Bridgetower, who collaborated with Ludwig van Beethoven in composing, premiering, and touring the “Sonata Mulattica” Op. 47. After they quarreled, Beethoven changed the name and dedication of the piece to Rodolphe Kreutzer, one of the most famous violinists of his time. Kreutzer, however, never performed the sonata, claiming it to be unplayable. This challenging piece will be performed in its string version, believed to be written by Beethoven himself. The orchestra will also be performing Robert Schumann’s Symphony 2.
Mark Russell Smith and David Carrillo, conductors.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Schedules subject to change.
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