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Truths You Need to Hear

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Davóne Tines

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Dalia Stasevska and Davóne Tines present music that feels as real as life itself – images of human struggles from the 1890s and the 2020s, truths hard to hear that need to be told.

2020 may prove pivotal in our collective journey towards racial justice. But in his ‘devised work', Concerto No 1: SERMON, Davóne Tines warns against complacency. The bass-baritone weaves readings of texts selected to amplify arias by John Adams, Anthony Davis and by Tines and Igee Dieudonné. A post-2020 wake-up-call about discovering your potential, exhibiting your humanity and indicting your naysayers.

Then comes a symphony influenced by African American spirituals, which the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (then working in New York) saw as the ‘the folk songs of America’. It remains one of his most enduringly popular works. Our Principal Guest Conductor opens her concert with Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s hypnotic orchestral canvas Dreaming – an image of the orchestra as a living organism twisting through a kaleidoscope of colour and light.

This performance will end at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West


Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johanness Brahms.

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