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Celebrity Series • Davóne Tines, bass-baritone • Debut Series

Wednesday • April 26, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

The Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall
Hear artists you’ll be talking about for years in our most intimate hall for classical music!

In the 2022-23 season, we celebrate ten years of hosting fascinating musicians from around the world as new-to-the-Series artists take the Pickman Hall stage. Some are making their Boston recital debuts, some are appearing in the city for the first time, and others are making their first-ever tours to the United States!

Get ready to enjoy thoughtfully curated recitals that will give you a new perspective on composers you thought you knew by heart, take you on a journey from darkness to dawn, and explore the beauty and common language of music from diverse regions and eras.

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
John Bitoy, piano

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year, brings us an ambitious and brilliantly curated program entitled Recital No. 1: MASS. Tines invites listeners to recontextualize Bach arias, Caroline Shaw’s Mass, and religious ritual. Woven into this are arrangements of spirituals by Tyshawn Sorey, Moses Hogan, and Margaret Bonds, as well as Julius Eastman’s powerful a cappella work, Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc.

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Tines has made his mark in opera and concert performances, from works by Handel, Beethoven, and Verdi to world premieres by Kaija Saariaho and John Adams. Tines has triumphed locally with his 2018 staging of Langston Hughes’ The Black Clown at the American Repertory Theater and Were You There for the American Modern Opera Company. In the latter work, he sings about illuminating past and recent tragedies and forming a spiritual communion to remember victims of police brutality. The New Yorker describes Tines’ work, saying “he is challenging the conventions of classical music, tackling themes of race and sexuality and expanding what it means to possess an operatic voice.”

In the 2022/2023 season, Davóne Tines makes his anticipated Celebrity Series debut, adding to an impressive roster of appearances, which include the De Nationale Opera, Finnish National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.


Wednesday • April 26, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.