Davóne Tines to Present ‘Recital #1: Mass’ at Shriver Hall

By David Salazar

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines is set to bring his “Recital #1: Mass” to Shriver Hall in November of 2022.

Joined by pianist Adam Nielsen, Tines will present music by Bonds, Sorey, Shaw, Bach, and Eastman, among others.

“There’s something that is shared among all people. This recital is an opportunity for me to marry flavors together and have that conversation in front of people. I had this realization that many spirituals are essentially code for suicide notes,” Tines noted in an official press statement. “I think a lot of times spirituals are misunderstood, heard as happy songs or praising the Lord. But these are songs created by people in extraordinary circumstances, and they’re amazing, metaphorical expressions of real faith. The order of the mass I’m using here accords with my own understanding of a spiritual journey. I’m basically queering the mass. Queering in the broad sense of bending it to my own understanding.”

The concert, which will bring together art song, spirituals, and gospel, will take place on Nov. 6, 2022.