The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc plus DEVONTÉ HYNES

Eastman's powerful work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D'Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc are presented along side a new work by Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes.  



Devonté Hynes, solo

Julius Eastman: Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc (1981)

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Julius Eastman: The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc* (1981)

Bowerbird Cello Ensemble
Stanford Thompson, conductor
* transcription by Clarice Jensen

a reminder to those who think they can destroy liberators by acts of treachery, malice, and murder. . . . Like all organizations, especially governments and religious organizations, they oppress in order to perpetuate themselves. Their methods of oppression are legion. But when they find that their more subtle methods are failing, they resort to murder. Even now in my own country, my own people, my own time, gross oppression and murder still continue.
— Eastman's introduction to Joan d'arc

Julius Eastman.  Photo by Marbeth.

Julius Eastman.  Photo by Marbeth.

DAVÓNE TINES, deemed a "…singer of immense power and fervor…” by The LA Times and a “...charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone...” by The New York Times, commands a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance as a singer and creator. Highlights from last season include performances with the Dutch National Opera, Ojai Music Festival, London Symphony, and LA Philharmonic in collaborations with Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Matt Aucoin, Caroline Shaw and Peter Sellars. Upcoming performances include engagements with the Finnish National Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Paris Opera, Orchestre national de France, BAM and the American Repertory Theater. [WEB]

Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes.  Photo by by Amanda Hatfield

Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes.  Photo by by Amanda Hatfield

DEVONTÉ HYNES is a man of many masks, originally coming to recognition as a member of the dance-punk band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. Following their breakup, he went on to release a series of solo records, first as Lightspeed Champion, and later as the more R&B and Electronica influenced Blood Orange. Hynes has also worked as a songwriter for such artists as Florence + The Machine, Theophilus London, and Solange Knowles, and as a fashion consultant for Jay-Z's Rocawear. [WEB]

STANFORD THOMPSON is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum, Jubilee School, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program. [WEB]

Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 8pm

Tickets: $12 - 25


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