2022 Education Series The Chevalier

Event Information

  • Dates: May 4-6, 2022 Registration Now Available

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

  • Venue: Severance Hall Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 10:00AM

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:00PM

Friday, May 6, 2022 10:00AM

Friday, May 6, 2022 12:00PM

About the Music

All Music by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Repertoire to include excerpts from:

Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.11

Violin Concerto Op.3, No.1 in D major — II. Adagio

Symphony in G major, Op.11 No.1 — III. Allegro assai Violin Sonata No.2 in A major

String Quartet No.4 in C minor — I. Allegro moderato

L’amant anonyme: Ballet No.1

Violin Concerto in A major, Op.5, No.2 —- I. Allegro moderato

Symphony Concertante in G major, Op.13 — II. Rondeau & cadenza

Violin Concerto No.9 in G major, Op.8 — III. Rondeau

This concert theater event tells the story of composer Joseph Bologne, son of a slave and French aristocrat, music teacher to Marie Antoinette, and a contemporary of Mozart’s, whose musical genius was rarely acknowledged due to his race, until now… "Joseph Bologne is not only the first major Black composer, he was one of the first artist advocates, fighting for the abolition of slavery while coding equality into his music” says Bill Barclay, writer and director of The Chevalier and artistic director of Concert Theatre Works. "It is inconceivable that Bologne is not widely celebrated, played, taught, and understood. This powerful story is just the beginning." In addition to four actors who bring The Chevalier’s story to life, The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by a young violin soloist from the Sphinx roster of Black and Latinx musicians.


photo of artistic director Bill Barclay

Written and Directed by Bill Barclay, artistic director, Concert Theatre Works


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Brendon Elliott, violin

All programs and artists are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions evolve.

Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Hall

Severance Hall is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome.

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Health & Safety

The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for its musicians, staff, volunteers, and patrons, including students. To ensure your experience with The Cleveland Orchestra is as safe as possible, we continue to consult with The Cleveland Clinic and local public health authorities for health and safety guidelines.

Health & Safety protocols for Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts in March and May 2022 will be announced closer to the concert dates, given the existing uncertainties, especially regarding children under 12.

Any guests who are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease are asked to stay home.

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Accessibility Services

Below is a list of the features and services that the Cleveland Orchestra has made available at Severance Hall for this concert.


Wheelchair Access & Seating

The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. Ushers are available to assist at each concert.

The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance Hall is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.


Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Concert Hall at Severance Hall. Please request one in advance online in the space provided on the Education Concert Online Reservation Form to indicate special needs, or contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or House Manager’s office. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.

Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance Hall.  Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. 


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome in Severance Hall. Please indicate any special needs when completing Education Concert Online Reservation Form. If you have any questions, please contact the contact the Education Office at 216-231-7349, or the House Manager.



All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.


Additional Information

The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.