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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hank Williams, Jr. Suddenly Available To Sing Anthem For IGC?


It appears that Hank Williams, Jr.’s mouth, which heretofore he had used to sing the iconic Monday Night Football theme song, has landed him in a bit of trouble -- something to do with using the President of the U.S.A.’s name in the same sentence as one of the most evil creatures to ever walk the planet (Adolph Hitler).

So while Hank was sticking his foot in his mouth, officials at the International Gold Cup were not reaching out to his people to secure his singing skills for the Fall Gold Cup.

Why, you ask?

Because the International Gold Cup already has a local guy coming who can flat sing.  Prepare to be wowed.

Meet one Davone Tines, a bass baritone from Orlean, Va., who will be singing the national anthem the Saturday after next. 

Did we mention that aside from having major pipes he’s also a Harvard grad?

Tines is currently under the guidance of Cynthia Hoffmann at The Juilliard School.  He has a degree in Sociology and Music from Harvard, and has studied under Patricia Miller, the director of vocal studies at George Mason University, and D’Anna Fortunato, an accomplished mezzo-soprano with the New England Conservatory. 

Tines has worked as an arts administrator for various arts institutions near the District of Columbia, and as production manager for the George Mason University Opera.  He has recently soloed with the Harvard Holden Choirs, the Boston Longy Chamber Chorus, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Reston Chorale and the National Philharmonic Chorale.

That means, singing Oh Say Can You See is a breeze.

Look, we aren’t ones to show up early, but even we are gonna get all our ducks in linear mode and show up on time for this year’s anthem.  We gotta hear this dude sing. 

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