Davóne Tines performing his recital-Mass: Rich, liquid singing. (Patrick Gipson, Ravinia Festival)
Review: In a voice that might be described as bass-baritone-plus, Davóne Tines presented his potent Recital No. 1: Mass at Ravinia.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
It was a musical setting of the Mass like no other, sung by a single vocalist like no other. And as a musical, indeed quite theatrical, experience, Davóne Tines’ mesmerizing performance Aug. 31 with pianist Adam Nielsen at the Ravinia Festival was unlike any other in memory.
To say this 55-minute mélange of ritual Latin and interpolated song is no Ordinary Mass would be twice true. While all the episodes of the Ordinary – Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei – are included in the presentation Tines calls Recital No. 1: Mass, the standard sequence is scrambled and the texts foreshortened. The Credo, the longest and most elaborate of the conventional sections, is reduced to that single word (or two in English: I believe). Read the full story »