Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra appoints Davóne Tines to new creative partner position

Posted on: May 5, 2021

“Bay Area appearances by the resourceful bass-baritone Davóne Tines have been few but dazzling,” writes Joshua Kosman in Tuesday’s (5/4) San Francisco Chronicle. “Just before the onset of the pandemic, [Tines gave] a terrifyingly forceful performance as the villain in Handel’s ‘Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’ with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. Now Tines, 34, is set for … a yearlong creative partnership with Philharmonia…. Tines’ appointment is the latest in a series of shifts at Philharmonia under Executive Director Courtney Beck…. First came the appointment of Music Director Richard Egarr…. Tines is no stranger to the traditional European classical repertoire, both as a singer and a former professional violinist.” Tines’ role at Philharmonia Baroque “consists of three segments. One involves performance, including a series of recital programs he’s devised that combine Bach, spirituals and contemporary music by such composers as Tyshawn Sorey and Caroline Shaw. A second piece, which draws on his undergraduate training in sociology, will entail what he calls a ‘semi-scientific experiment’ using detailed audience outreach to create a new vision of the organization’s goals. Finally, he plans to be steeply involved in the organizational work, attending every board meeting and having full access to the administrative process.”