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San Francisco Performances Presents
Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 8, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the Dover Quartet and bass-baritone Davóne Tines on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. San Francisco Performances presents Dover Quartet for the third time. They first appeared in October 2016. The November 9 performance will be Davóne Tines’ SFP debut.

“Few young American ensembles are as exciting and accomplished as the Dover Quartet,” asserts The New Yorker. Its youthful vitality and fresh sound are rooted in the artistic heritages of the Guarneri, Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets and yet, the Dover has an instantly recognizable sound and style all its own. Davóne Tines’ artistry stands at the intersection of cultures, history and aesthetics, where he brings together opera, spirituals, gospel and anthems to tell deeply personal and powerfully universal stories of perseverance and human connection. “Davóne Tines embodies the evolving, divided soul of Black America” (New York Times).

“SFP is known for introducing audiences to new talent and in the 2021–22 season we are presenting 14 artist debuts. One of those important debuts is bass-baritone Davóne Tines. Tines’ role in the music world is quickly growing beyond the usual performance artist and although he is considered a star opera singer he is also interested in finding out what it takes to get people to engage with early music in new times. In short, he passionately cares about moving the classical music industry into the 21st century. His collaboration with the like-minded Dover Quartet will make for an exciting evening of music making." —Melanie Smith, SFP President

About Dover Quartet

Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune) and “the young American string quartet of the moment,” (New Yorker), the Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom in 2013, following a stunning sweep of all prizes at the Banff Competition and has since become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. In addition to its faculty role as the inaugural Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

About Davóne Tines

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone, is heralded as “a singer of immense power and fervor” by The Los Angeles Times. He came to international attention during 2015-16 in breakout performances at the Dutch National Opera premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains directed by Peter Sellars and at the Ojai Music Festival presenting works by Caroline Shaw and Kaija Saariaho with the Calder Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Davóne Tines was also co-creator of The Black Clown and a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company.

Tines is Artist-in-Residence at Michigan Opera Theatre—an appointment that will culminate in his performance in the title role of Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X in the spring of 2022—and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s first-ever Creative Partner. His ongoing projects include Recital No. 1: MASS, a program exploring the Mass woven through Western European, African American, and 21st-century traditions, with performances this season at the Ravinia Festival, in Washington, DC presented by WPA, and at the Barbican in London. He also performs Concerto No. 1: SERMON—a program he conceived for voice and orchestra that weaves arias by John Adams, Anthony Davis, Igee Dieudonné and Mr. Tines himself, with texts by James Baldwin and Langston Hughes—with the Philadelphia Orchestra and BBC Symphony

The evening’s program will be as follows:
ZEMLINSKY: Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4
BARBER: Dover Beach, Op. 3
BRAHMS: Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets and 20% off senior rush tickets.

Please note our current health and safety protocols: Per San Francisco city guidelines, SF Performances requires all patrons ages 12 years and older, to show proof of full vaccination with a photo ID to attend performances. Masks will still be required at concerts until further notice. Full details of our safety protocols and practices are available here. Also note that social distanced seating is no longer required at SFP events.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

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Dover Quartet with
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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