Caribbean classical festival to honor Guadeloupe native Joseph Bologne

Posted on: February 28, 2019

“It may be one of the most under-the-radar destinations in the Caribbean—but it’s time Guadeloupe found itself on your travel calendar,” writes Dana Niland in Monday’s (2/25) Caribbean Journal (Miami, Florida). “The destination’s Saint-Georges International Music Festival … March 16-23 … is a tribute to Joseph Bologne, also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a musical legend born in Guadeloupe who was a virtuoso violinist and conductor [who] influenced Mozart and Haydn, among others…. On the program of the festival are grand concerts, chamber music, cross-over jazz nights, conferences and master classes. A U.S. preview of the festival [took place in January] at the Schomburg Research Center in Harlem, New York, featuring 15 musicians from the Saint-Georges International orchestra, and … Guadeloupean soprano Leïla Brédent, under the direction of conductor Marlon Daniel, the festival’s Artistic and Music Director. Marlon Daniel will be directing the festival in March, which will also feature … soprano Janinah Burnett; mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges; bass Solomon Howard, who has just received the Kennedy Center Marian Anderson Vocal Award; and musicians Romuald  Grimbert-Barré and Sami Junnonen, just to name of few of the 40 musicians that will compose the Saint-Georges’ International orchestra.”

Posted February 28, 2019