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Caramoor Presents “The Chevalier,” a Concert Theater Work About Black Composer, Conductor, and Violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (July 10)

Caramoor Presents "The Chevalier," a Concert Theater Work About Black Composer, Conductor, and Violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (July 10)

Writer, director, actor and producer Bill Barclay (Pierre Choderlos de Laclos) – hailed as a “personable polymath” by The Times
of London – was director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe from
2012-2019, producing music for more than 120 productions and 150
concerts, and is currently the artistic director of Concert Theatre
Works. A passionate advocate for evolving the concert hall, he has
created works of concert theater for the LA Philharmonic at the
Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, and the
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
RJ Foster (Joseph Bologne) has performed in New York
theaters such as the Pearl Theatre Company and Classic Stage Company, as
well as in many regional Shakespeare productions including a full
season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared on multiple
television shows such as Fringe (FOX), Guiding Light (CBS), Damages with Rose Byrne and Campbell Scott (FX), Blue Bloods with Donnie Wahlberg (CBS), The Blacklist with Paul Reubens (NBC) and Person of Interest with Michael Emerson (CBS). Foster was nominated for Best Actor by BroadwayWorld
for his portrayal of Othello in 2015. Raised in Baltimore, MD, Foster
received his B.A. in Theatre Performance from Fordham University at
Lincoln Center. 
Brendon Elliott (solo violin) 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, he
toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble, appearing at Carnegie Hall,
and was a three-time semifinalist in the National Sphinx Competition,
earning the National Sphinx Competition Achievement Award in 2012. He
was also a National Finalist in the American String Teachers Association
National Solo Competition. Elliott portrays the young adult version of
the Afro-European child violin prodigy George Bridgetower in a
feature-length documentary based on Rita Dove’s poetry collection Sonata Mulattica.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in
2016, where he studied with Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein, and
earned his master’s degree at the Juilliard School in 2018, studying
under Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. 
Sarah Baskin (Marie Antoinette) is a Canadian/American
actor and filmmaker based in New York. She is particularly interested in
the development of new work and the collaborative process. Baskin has
originated roles in Death of a Driver (Urban Stages, dir. Kim T. Sharp), The Unbelievers and Three Women Mourn the Apocalypse (Theatre Center in Toronto, dir. Marina McClure), L’Amour Fou (Dangerous Ground Productions, dir. Doris Mirescu), Cardenio (American Repertory Theatre, dir. Les Waters), On The 5:31 (Rising Phoenix Rep / Cino Nights, dir. Taibi Magar), and Wolves (59E59, dir. Mike Klar).
Ian Unterman (Mozart) is an actor and assistant director who has appeared in the TV series The Sinner and the movies Brittany Runs a Marathon, Confetti and The Many Saints of Newark. He currently stars alongside Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, and Peter Sarsgaard in Hulu’s Dopesick as Jonathan Sackler, the brother of Purdue Pharma’s president and CEO, Richard Sackler.
The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse
collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber,
affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem
community and beyond. In addition, the Harlem Chamber Players builds
diverse audiences for classical music through community and educational
outreach, as well as through collaborations with Harlem’s other arts
organizations, schools and cultural institutions, while creating
opportunities for classically trained musicians of color.

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