3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Director Bill Barclay and Liz Player, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Harlem Chamber Players.
This innovative work of concert theater honors the life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges — a prolific 18th-century composer, virtuoso violinist, the finest fencer in Europe, general of Europe’s first Black regiment, and a crusader for equality. The story of this extraordinary artist of color, overlooked in history, is bursting to be told!
The Harlem Chamber Players are joined by violinist Brendon Elliott and four actors — depicting Mozart, Marie Antoinette, and Joseph Bologne — for this concert theater work exploring Bologne’s music, friendships, and his unknown contribution to the abolishment of slavery. Join us for this touching and funny examination of lost history in 1778.
“The particular mission of this beautifully crafted stage show is to bring a talented composer of color back into the limelight he deserves.”
— The Bay State Banner
Brendon Elliott, violin
Harlem Chamber Players
R.J. Foster (Joseph Bologne)
Sarah Baskin (Marie Antoinette)
Ian Unterman (Mozart)
Bill Barclay (Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)
A three-time concerto competition winner, Brendon Elliott has performed with the New York Philharmonic and was recently guest soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 and 2019, Elliott toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble including Carnegie Hall. He was a three-time semifinalist in the National Sphinx Competition, earning the National Sphinx Competition Achievement Award in 2012. He has soloed and performed with additional orchestras including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Chineke! Orchestra, and The Knights. Elliott enjoyed a role in the feature-length film documentary, The Bridgetower, in which he portrayed the young adult version of the Afro-European child violin prodigy George Bridgetower. In 2020, Elliott was featured in a short film about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, for Concert Theatre Works at the Winston-Salem Symphony, available at www.wssymphony.org/chevalier/. Elliott received his Bachelor’s degree with Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein at The Curtis Institute of Music in 2016 and his Master’s degree with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes at The Juilliard School in 2018.
R.J. Foster is a New York-based actor whose work includes theater, television, and film. In theater, he has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Classic Stage Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and beyond. His television credits include such shows as Bull, The Good Fight, Power, and The Blacklist, among others.
He is a current member of the Resident Acting Company, formerly the Pearl Theatre Company. His work has been nominated for three Audelco awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Most recently, he has appeared in Seize the King, written by Will Power and directed by Carl Colfield, at the Classical Theatre of Harlem.
Originally from Montreal, Sarah Baskin is a NYC-based actor and filmmaker committed to developing new work for the stage and screen. In theater, Baskin has performed off-Broadway (Roundabout, Urban Stages, 59E59 +), regionally (Portland Center Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre +), and with several downtown theater companies. She recently co-created a one woman play, A Poem and a Mistake, that premiered as a film/play hybrid at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) as part of their exhibition, A Biography of Daphne. Her film and television credits include Ramy (upcoming, Hulu), The Equalizer (CBS), Gossip Girl Reboot (HBO), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), and several independent films. Baskin recently directed, co-wrote, and acted in a short film, Les Câlins Cheap, currently in post production. She is a company member of The Actors Center. To learn more about her, please visit sarahbaskin.com.
Ian Unterman is a Brooklyn based actor and musician most recently seen as Jonathan Sackler in Hulu’s Dopesick. Other favorite film/tv appearances include The Sinner (Netflix), Brittany Runs A Marathon (Amazon), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), The Good Wife (CBS) and Dietland (AMC). Trained as a classical violinist, he now plays fiddle for the Brooklyn bluegrass outfit The Grand.
Director, writer, composer, and conductor Bill Barclay is Artistic Director of Concert Theatre Works. He served as Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012 – 19. This season he is collaborating with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Symphony Center, Gandini Juggling, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Harlem Chamber Players, among others.
A “personable polymath” (London Times), Barclay has debuted works of concert theatre for the LA Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Silkroad Ensemble, City of London Sinfonia, and annually with The Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Barclay’s original music has been performed in 197 countries. He seeks to collapse the space between arts and advocacy; he composed the film A Mother’s Love for the Wild Foundation, created Tales in Migration to score immigrant’s stories, and funded The National Alliance for Audition Support, to name only a few recent accomplishments.
A lauded actor, Barclay received a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, the largest grant for actors in the United States. A Boston native, he received an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.
The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high caliber, affordable, accessible live music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. Founded in 2008, The Harlem Chamber Players annually presents a rich season of formal live concerts, indoors, outdoors, and online. They also promote arts inclusion and equal access to the arts, bringing live music to underserved communities and promoting shared community arts and cultural engagement. The group was first inspired by the late Janet Wolfe, a long-time patron of minority musicians and founder of the NYC Housing Authority Symphony Orchestra. The Harlem Chamber Players have presented culturally relevant programs at numerous venues throughout the city and collaborated with many other arts organizations. The Harlem Chamber Players are also Artists-in-residence at the Harlem School for the Arts.
They have been featured on national radio at WQXR/WNYC at The Greene Space. The Harlem Chamber Players have also been mentioned in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Musical America, and on NPR, NBC, and Here and Now on ABC.
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