Bass-Baritone Davóne Tines Pays Tribute to Breonna Taylor With ‘VIGIL’

By Chris Ruel

Lincoln Center announced a new video scheduled for release on September 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Created and edited by Davóne Tines, and performed by the bass-baritone and pianist Conor Hanick, “VIGIL” is a tribute to the memory of Breonna Taylor, an aspiring nurse, and emergency medical technician shot multiple times by members of the Louisville, Kentucky Police Department in her home. Taylor’s violent death, and the recent decision by a grand jury not to charge any of the officers involved with murder or manslaughter, has sparked renewed calls for racial justice within the United States and abroad.

Tines collaborated with composers Igée Dieudonné, Matthew Aucoin, and Hanick in the music film’s production. The creative team’s aim is to establish a model for how to engage with the powerful feelings that well up around injustice and the importance of taking action. “VIGIL” challenges the audience to connect with, understand, and act upon those emotions to influence positive change within their communities.

The world premiere of the orchestral arrangement of “VIGIL” is scheduled for Saturday, October 3. Tines will perform with the Louisville Orchestra and the concert will be streamed for safe viewing.

Davóne Tines has a wide repertoire from early music to contemporary works. His more recent performances include a special concert at the United States Supreme Court Building in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tines also worked with award-winning composer Michael Schacter to create a jazz and gospel-infused song cycle based on Langston Hughes’ epic poem, “The Black Clown.” The song cycle premiered in 2019 at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

The video will be available on Lincoln Center’s website, Facebook Page, and YouTube page.