Jan 11, 2017

Tafelmusik to reissue award-winning film Le Mozart Noir as a DVD/CD package

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Free screening on February 5 presented in collaboration with
Toronto Black Film Festival

"Wonderful. An astounding story." — New York Daily News

Toronto, January 11, 2017 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra announces the Tafelmusik Media re-release of Le Mozart Noir, an award-winning film that uncovers the mystery around Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Black eighteenth-century violinist and composer. Starting February 3, Le Mozart Noir DVD and CD package will be in stores, and audio or video formats will be available for digital download.

A free screening of Tafelmusik’s Le Mozart Noir takes place at 7:30 PM on February 5 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and is presented in collaboration with the Toronto Black Film Festival.

The son of a Black slave and the French owner of a plantation in Guadaloupe, Saint-Georges overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a highly regarded musical figure in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Saint-Georges also possessed remarkable skills as an accomplished athlete, swordsman, and military man who led a troop of 1000 Black soldiers known as the “Légion Saint-Georges.”

Through dramatic recreations and interviews with expert musicians and musicologists, Le Mozart Noir portrays Saint-Georges’ rise to prominence as one of France’s most popular heroes, and his tragic fall from history.

Le Mozart Noir offers a window into the spirit of this remarkable historical figure and features the music of Saint-Georges, along with works by his mentors Jean-Marie Leclair and François-Joseph Gossec, performed by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon.

The DVD is accompanied by the music soundtrack on CD, which includes instrumental excerpts from the opera L’amant anonyme, the Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 3, no. 1 (Linda Melsted, soloist), and the Symphony in G Major, op. 11, no. 1 by Saint-Georges;theAllegro from the Violin Concerto in F Major, op. 10, no. 4 by Leclair (Geneviève Gilardeau, soloist); and the Symphony in D Major, op. 5, no. 5, “Pastorella” by Gossec. Special features include audio commentary and 5.0 surround sound.

Le Mozart Noir is a Media Headquarters production directed by Raymon Saint-Jean. The film has been broadcast on CBC, BBC, TV5, and ARTV among others, and has garnered a number of distinctions including Winner of the Banff World Television Award, Finalist for the The Golden Rose of Montreux, and five Gemini Award Nominations.

Le Mozart Noir on Tafelmusik Media | Release date: February 3, 2017

DVD & CD discs

Digital download (Audio only; extended music soundtrack)

Digital download (Video only)


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs some 80 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site. Tafelmusik’s discography of 80-plus CDs has been recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and operates annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, with Managing Director William Norris joining the team in 2015. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director and continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in collaboration with the Toronto Black Film Festival presents a FREE screening of the award-winning film Le Mozart Noir.

Date and time: Sunday, February 5 at 7:30PM

Venue: Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Media contact:

Luisa Trisi, Media Relations Manager, (416) 456-0499 | ltrisi@sympatico.ca
www.tafelmusik.org  | 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1X7

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