Dessoff Choirs to Present ‘Elijah’ with Davóne Tines

By Francisco Salazar

The Dessoff Choirs, led by Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather will continue its 2023-2024 and 100th Anniversary season in partnership with the Abyssinian Baptist Church in a performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”

The performance will be held on Nov. 2, 2023, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Central Harlem and will feature soloists bass-baritone Davóne Tines as the titular Elijah, soprano Marsha Thompson, mezzo-soprano Patrice Eaton, and tenor Noah Stewart.

In a statement, Music Director Merriweather said, “I sang Mendelssohn’s Elijah when I was studying at the Eastman School of Music, and it was during that time that I was fortunate to coach the title role with the great baritone, Thomas Paul. I could not be more thrilled to share my interpretation of this masterpiece in concert at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church! This performance unites two renowned New York institutions known for excellence in choral music. I am grateful to Dr. Nathaniel Gumbs, Interim Minister of Music and Fine Arts, the Abyssinian Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, and The Dessoff Choirs for joining together for the advancement of the choral art!”

The performance will also feature the Cathedral Choir of Abyssinian Baptist Church.