WERE YOU THERE
A "Hearing the Future" Festival Special Concert
at Sandbox in East Village
Music by HANDEL, MATTHEW AUCOIN and AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS
America’s memory is short, fractured and skewed; this week’s tragedy is last week’s forgotten hashtag. Were You There, a musical and theatrical meditation featuring bass-baritone vocalist Davóne Tines, takes up the task of strengthening our collective memory by gathering and channeling some of America’s most prescient voices, from the words and melodies of African-American spirituals to the poetry of Walt Whitman. It is an invitation to give voice to, and shed light on, the memory of the lives lost at the hands of racial injustice, in the hope that by illuminating past and recent tragedies, we understand better why they happened, and ensure that we do not repeat them. Were You There was developed and premiered by American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and is directed by AMOC's co-artistic director, Zack Winokur.
As he prepares to make his debut in December with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Times has published a profile of singer Davóne Tines at the beginning of an auspicious career.
Here are Festival Curater Matthew Aucoin and Davóne Tines talking about the upcoming performance of "Were You There" at Sandbox:
Here is a preview of Were You There created for a performance at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival that took place in July 2018:
Davóne Tines Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva
NOTE: Doors at Sandbox open at 5pm. Tickets are $40 each. There will be a post-concert talk-back with Davóne Tines and "Hearing the Future" Festival Curator Matthew Aucoin.
Sandbox: 325 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101