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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts two Beethoven symphonies and a sermon

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Bass-baritone Davóne Tines performs works by John Adams and Anthony Davis, as well as “Vigil,” co-written by Igée Dieudonné and Tines and dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphians.

Join us on Sunday, August 14th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, August 15th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you a performance recorded live in November, 2021 from the Orchestra’s 2021/2022 season, and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In this broadcast, the Orchestra continued its periodic focus on the symphonies of Beethoven, as its partially delayed celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday was interrupted when public performances ceased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program features two of them: No. 8 in F major, and No. 2 in D major. Written 10 years apart, they share a playful and witty character despite having been composed at times of great personal upheaval for Beethoven.

The two symphonies frame the concert’s central offering, as guest artist Davóne Tines, a bass-baritone who was named Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year, offers Sermon, a compilation of vocal selections and readings of works by important Black writers.

This remarkable journey through the experience of marginalized communities is also a call to action, interspersing the words of Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jennifer Care Moore with music by Anthony Davis and John Adams.

We’ll also bring you some chamber music offered by Philadelphia Orchestra musicians in honor of Black History Month in 2021: the first-movement Allegro of George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1.

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines talks with WRTI's Michael Bolton.
Bass-baritone Davóne Tines talks with WRTI's Michael Bolton.

Jeff Fusco/The Philadelphia Orchestra
Bass-baritone and speaker Davóne Tines

Listen for interviews interspersed throughout the broadcast. Producer Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Michael Bolton talks with Davóne Tines about the genesis of his fascinating Sermon.

Detailed program notes from the concert are here.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Various: Sermon

I. “Shake the Heavens,” from El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio), by John Adams

II. “Vigil,” by Igee Dieudonné and Davóne Tines

III. “You Want the Truth, but You Don’t Want to Know,” from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, by Anthony Davis

Walker: I. Allegro, from String Quartet No. 1`
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone and speaker

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming at WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile app, and on your favorite smart speaker. Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Listen for up to two weeks after broadcast on WRTI Replay. 

Melinda has worked in radio for decades, hosting and producing classical music and arts news. An award-winning broadcaster, she has created and hosted classical music programs and reported for NPR, WQXR—New York, WHYY–Philadelphia, and American Public Media. WRTI listeners may remember her years hosting classical music for WFLN and WHYY.
Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.