[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The Saint Georges International Music Festival takes place in Guadeloupe from March 16 to 23, 2019. In “The Caribbean’s Best Classical Music Festival Is in Guadeloupe,” Dana Niland (Caribbean Journal) writes about the festival.
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. The next big reason to visit? The destination’s Saint-Georges International Music Festival. the leading classical music festival in the Caribbean.
The second edition of the festival, which takes place 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 whose musical impact influenced Mozart and Haydn, among others.
“We are thrilled about this second edition, as the Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2019 ‘The Year of Festivals for the Caribbean,’ said Ary Chalus, President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe. “This Festival is unique because it celebrates the musical heritage of the first known Black composer and the most diverse orchestra in the world.”
“The Saint-Georges International Music Festival is the symbol of Excellence in Diversity and we are looking forward to welcoming classical music lovers on the occasion of the 220th Anniversary of Guadeloupe’s first champion, virtuoso and hero,” Chalus said.
The festival will mark the 220th anniversary of the death of Chevalier de Saint Georges [shown above]. Concerts will take place in some of the butterfly-shaped archipelago’s most emblematic landmarks, such as The Memorial ACTe, St. Pierre, St. Paul Cathedral and the city of Baillif, the birthplace of Bologne [. . .]
Here is a link to a streamed preview: Chevalier de Saint Georges of Guadeloupe Recital, Schomburg Research Center in Black History, Harlem, New York, January 31, 2019: https://livestream.com/schomburgcenter/events/8547621/videos/186659153
Video length: 1 hr 31 min. (Introductions start at 5:42 on the clock; recital starts at 18:11.)