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Fire, Hope, and Truth Fire, Hope, and Truth Fire, Hope, and Truth

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Fire, Hope, and Truth

May 06, 2021
May 13, 2021

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Davóne Tines Bass-baritone


Various Sermon
  I. Shake the Heavens,” from El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio), by John Adams
  II. “Vigil,” by Davón Tines and Igeé Dieudonné
  III. “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know,” from X: The Life and
  Times of Malcolm X by Anthony Davis 
Mozart Symphony No. 25 

Music Listens. Music Unites. Music Responds. This week’s performance echoes the words of James Baldwin (Excerpt from The Fire Next Time), Langston Hughes (“Hope”), and Maya Angelou (“We Saw Beyond Our Seeming”), which will be paired with the compelling vocals of bass-baritone opera singer and activist Davóne Tines for a powerful evening exploring themes that are still relevant today.

Tines performs “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know” from Anthony Davis’s opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X as well as “Vigil,” both a work of art and a call to action co-written by Tines and Igée Dieudonné, dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor.

John Adams’s “Shake the Heavens” from his Nativity oratorio El Niño pulses with urgent and frightening tremolos reminiscent of Handel’s Messiah that live up to the title and speak to our times. 

This program runs approximately 1 hour and will be performed without an intermission.

Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.

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Lead support for the Digital Stage is provided by:

Claudia and Richard Balderston
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
The CHG Charitable Trust
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Innisfree Foundation
Gretchen and M. Roy Jackson
Neal W. Krouse
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Leslie A. Miller and Richard B. Worley
Ralph W. Muller and Beth B. Johnston
William Penn Foundation
Peter and Mari Shaw
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Townsend
Waterman Trust
Constance and Sankey Williams
Wyncote Foundation

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