Louisville Orchestra virtual edition: A concert for healing


The Louisville Orchestra has been preparing for its October opening night concert this year as a tribute to Beethoven’s 250th birthday. As the world has changed so has the focus of the orchestra’s program. The music and the message have evolved to a virtual concert for healing due to COVID and the civil unrest around the city and the nation.

As many venues are still locked down, the Louisville Orchestra and its Music Director Teddy Abrams will bring to their supporters the Louisville Orchestra Virtual Edition. It is a series of four performances that include both live and on-demand concerts, interviews, ensemble performances, and other videos that are local and entertaining.

Davóne Tines, renowned opera singer and activist, brings his world premiere of an orchestral arrangement of VIGIL to the virtual opening. The piece pays tribute to Louisville native Breonna Taylor, whose death sparked an international outcry for police reform and the end of systemic racism. Tines stresses it is more than a work of art. He also calls it a call to action.

“I’m trying to speak to anyone that’s human that has an emotional response to the pain of other people,” Tines shared.

VIGIL was created in collaboration with Dutch-French producer Igee Dieudonne” and arranged on commission from the Louisville Orchestra by Matthew Aucoin.

“It’s purposely almost too slow, to make you slow down in listening and experiencing it,” Tines explained. “You are drawing people into something. You are drawing people into an understanding, an engagement with words that is beyond what actual speech can do. Music augments and clarifies the possibility.”

Tines explains the piece gave him a chance to channel his own feelings in the midst of all the civil unrest in the country.

“I need to do something with this,” Tines explained of the feelings he and others have been carrying around. “I need to put this emotion; I need to put this confusion somewhere. I need a space to work it out.”

Breonna Taylor’s tragic death has fueled an international outcry. Tine’s believes it can also fuel conversations that get us to a better place in our nation and in our world.

“Here’s one idea for how maybe we can move toward some healing,” Tines proclaimed. “What’s the point of crying if those tears don’t go to water the seeds of change.”

For more on the Louisville Orchestra’s virtual season click here.

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