Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Davóne Tines Bass-baritone
I. "Shake the Heavens,” from El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio), by John Adams
II. “Vigil,” by Igee Dieudonné and Davóne Tines
III. “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know,” from X: The Life and
Times of Malcolm X, by Anthony Davis
Mozart Symphony No. 25
Music Listens. Music Unites. Music Responds. This week’s performance echoes the words of James Baldwin (Excerpt from The Fire Next Time), Langston Hughes (“Hope”), and Maya Angelou (“We Saw Beyond Our Seeming”), with the compelling vocals of bass-baritone opera singer and activist Davóne Tines for a powerful evening exploring themes that are still relevant today.
Tines performs “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know” from Anthony Davis’s opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X as well as “Vigil,” both a work of art and a call to action co-written by Igée Dieudonné and Tines, dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor.
John Adams’s “Shake the Heavens” from his Nativity oratorio El Niño pulses with urgent and frightening tremolos reminiscent of Handel’s Messiah that live up to the title and speak to our times.
Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, one of only two minor key symphonies by the wunderkind, probes the depth of human emotion and acts as the powerful finale to this concert.
Following the performance premiere, ticket holders will be invited to join a post-concert conversation with Davóne Tines.
This program runs approximately 1 hour and will be performed without an intermission.
Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.
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