The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra hosts their March Connect & Celebrate: NEW TRADITIONS diversity series, “Story Time with Eykamp String Quartet,” Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM and again at 2:30 PM at the Children's Museum of Evansville, located at 22 SE Fifth Street, Evansville, Indiana.
The thirty-minute program, designed for children, will include a brief introduction of string instruments and the string quartet genre. There will be a reading of the book “Before There Was Mozart” which tells the story of composer Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. As the book is read to the children by EPO Board member Cyrus Williams, the Eykamp String Quartet will perform his music.
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (b. Guadeloupe, December 25, 1745 – June 12, 1799) was a classical composer, virtuoso violinist, a conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. He was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter and his wife's African slave. When he was young, his father took him to France, where he was educated. Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first known classical composer of African ancestry. He composed numerous string quartets and other instrumental pieces, as well as operas.
Admission is free with limited availability due to social distancing. For more information, call (812) 425-5050, Ext 316
This project is made possible through a partnership with Toyota.