Davóne Tines & Yannick Nézet-Séguin Team up for ‘Beethoven Symphonies and a Sermon’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Allen Hargrove)

On Nov. 5, the Philadelphia Orchestra will present “Beethoven Symphonies and a Sermon.”

The program, which will be performed three times until Nov. 7, will feature bass-baritone, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Davóne Tines performing “Sermon,” a combination of spoken word texts by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou. These will be paired with contemporary works including “Vigil,” composed by Igee Dieudonné and Tines in memory of Breonna Taylor, John Adams’s “Shake the Heavens” from El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio), and “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’s “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.”

The performance will be conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

Nézet-Séguin will also conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2  and Symphony No. 8  on Nov. 5 and 7 and “Simon’s Fate Now Conquers” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7  on the Nov. 6 performance.