Join us for the 2024 CYSO Gala: Got That Swing! on Saturday, March 2. Info here
CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra joins Classical Kids Live!’s production of Saint-Georges’ Sword & Bow, a brand new show celebrating the work and life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a biracial 18th century French violinist, conductor, composer, and fencer. This family-friendly musical theater-style performance that combines an orchestral performance and live actors. The event takes place at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age six and up.
ABOUT THE SHOW
No classical composer has possessed anything close to Bologne’s extraordinary range of talents, electrifying public persona, and fascinating personality. For centuries, Saint-Georges has been regarded as an archetypal romantic hero.
A contemporary of Mozart’s (over whom Mozart was reportedly sick with jealousy) and widely considered to be the first known classical composer of African heritage, Joseph Bologne took the 18th century French music scene by storm with his virtuosic violin skills and his prowess with a conductor’s baton. An unparalleled fencer as well (connoisseurs of the art form at the time regarded him as the greatest swordsman in Europe), Bologne put his music career on hold to join the French Revolutionary war efforts, and in 1791 he was appointed the colonel of the newly created Légion Franche de Cavalerie des Américains that was comprised mostly of men of color. The tour de force of artist, athlete, and man of action is certainly unique in the history of music. We are thrilled to bring the brilliance of Joseph Bologne to a new generation of adventurers!
The brand new Classical Kids LIVE! show features fifteen of Bologne’s compositions (including L’ament anonyme Overture; Symphony No 1 en sol majeur, Violin Concerto in A Major, Symphonie No. 2 en ré majeur, and Concerto pour violin no 9 en sol majeur, as well as several guest-appearances from other composers of the era (including Orefeo ed Euridice by Gluck, Trio in F Major by Gossec, Symphony No. 85, “La Reine” by Haydn and Flute Quartet in D by Mozart.)
Whether this is your first introduction to Le Chevalier or you’ve loved him for years, Saint-Georges’ Sword & Bow is sure to delight, excite, and inspire you to dream big.
From the North: (Wisconsin, northern suburbs)
Take I-94 east to Old Orchard Rd. Make a left onto Old Orchard Rd. going east. At Skokie Blvd. turn right going south. Take Skokie Blvd. south approximately 4 blocks. Westfield Shopping Center will be on your right side. Turn left on Foster St. just after Golf Rd. We are located between the DoubleTree Hotel and Old Navy.
From the South: (Chicago, south suburbs)
Take I-94 west to Old Orchard Rd. Turn right onto Old Orchard Rd. going east. At Skokie Blvd. turn right going south. Take Skokie Blvd. south approximately 4 blocks. Westfield Shopping Center will be on your right side. Turn left on Foster St. just after Golf Rd. We are located between the DoubleTree Hotel and Old Navy.
From the West: (west suburbs)
Take I-294 to the exit at Dempster St. east. Take Dempster east to Gross Point Rd. Turn left. Take Gross Point Rd. to Skokie Blvd. Turn left. Turn right at the second light (Foster St.). We are located between the DoubleTree Hotel and Old Navy.
From Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and other suburbs
that are west of us, but not really far, Golf Rd. is the best way.
Take Golf east until you reach Skokie Blvd. Turn right on Skokie Blvd. and immediately get into the left lane. At the next light, Foster St., you will make a left. We are located between the DoubleTree Hotel and Old Navy. There is an additional entrance to our parking areas off of Golf Rd. just east of Skokie Blvd.
If using public transportation:
There are several convenient ways to get to the North Shore Center using public transportation. You can check the best route for you using the CTA Trip Planner. You will most likely utilize one or more of the following routes:
CTA Bus Route 97
Pace Bus Route 208
Pace Bus Route 215
Parking is plentiful and FREE at the North Shore Center. There may be traffic control officers at the facility entrances to direct you to parking areas. We appreciate your cooperation as they assist you in getting parked and into the theatre in a timely manner. There is also paid valet parking available for select performances. Please reference this map for entrances and parking areas.
The back parking lot directly east of the North Shore Center is available for patrons.
The parking lot in front of the North Shore Center belongs to the DoubleTree Hotel and is intended for guests of the hotel and restaurant.
Additional garage parking is available after 6pm on weeknights and all day on the weekends east of the Center’s parking lot. A second entrance to the garage is accessible off of Gross Point Road.