Trilogy: An Opera Company 2015-16

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Raised by 65 people in 25 months
Gail Maynor  NEWARK, NJ
Trilogy: An Opera Company  Presents U.S. Premiere of New Opera on Controversial Black Nationalist “MARCUS GARVEY” On Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)  in Victoria Theater, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102 Trilogy: An Opera Company will present the U.S. premiere of “Garvey” by composer Michael Raphael.  International opera singer and American Bass Kevin Maynor will sing the title role.

 Beautifully composed by Michael Raphael, the opera presents critical insight into the life of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born Black nationalist who fiercely proclaimed a “Back to Africa” message; founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) boasting 75,000 dues paying members; established the Black Star Line to ship goods and Blacks back to Africa; started numerous businesses employing more than 1,000 Black workers; and inspired the largest mass movement in African American history.   Known for his breathtakingly rich musical style, Michael Raphael uses lush choral sounds and alluring harmonic passages to translate the transcendent beauty of Garvey's grand vision – incarnate.

The operatic examination of Marcus Garvey and his success in building a mass movement offers a timely and relevant study into leadership, social change and the human spirit.  Set in the 1920's and opening at the height of Garvey's ascension as a world leader, the opera explores Garvey's remarkable triumphs as well as controversies and defeats.  Key issues include Garvey's exceptional effectiveness as a leader; the significance, power and splendor of the UNIA; his relationships with his first and second wives; criticism from W.E.B. DuBois; the ambiguous similarity of the UNIA with the Klu Klux Klan; and the subversive actions by the F.B.I and its adversarial leader, J. Edgar Hoover. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged Garvey as “...the first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”  Garvey focused on building self-esteem and self-reliance through majestic pageantry, spectacular oratory and relentless determination.  Michael Raphael's composition brilliantly expresses the physical and spiritual beauty of people working in concert, for the greater good.

Trilogy is the only company in America that focuses its artistic efforts on heroes, heroines and historical events from the experience of Black Americans, through the music of Black composers.  Trilogy tells the compelling and important stories of the Black community that permeate the fabric of American culture. 

Trilogy's production of “Garvey” is a commentary from a consortium of artists not limited to the composer, producer, director, conductor and the music staff.

For ticket info, visit www.njpac.org. 
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Trilogy:  An Opera Company provides opera and art related to this genre that is reflective of the world in which we live.  TAOC focuses on the works of Black composers written on subject matter reflective of the Black experience.  TAOC productions include:  "Nat Turner"; "Frederick Douglas"; "Harriet:  A Woman Called Moses"; "Call, Shout and Holler"; "Emmett Till:  The Oratorio"; "Emmett Till:  The opera"; "Darfur, Darfur"; "Treemonisha"; three one act operas:  "The Ballad of James Byrd", "4", and "The Three Mayors"; "The Mask in the Mirror" (Paul Laurence Dunbar); “Papa Doc”; “TAOC Chor Ensemble”; “Newark City Ballet”; “An Evening with Tuffus Zimbabwe”; “Ode to Trayvon”; “Robeson:  The Opera”, “Homage to a King”, and a the preview performance of selected acts of the opera “Five” by Anthony Davis, which will premiere in 2016.

Thank you for  your continued generosity and commitment to the production of great Black art!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! We could never make it without you. Look for our newly released children's opera "Bird That Wants To Fly" distributed by Noxos International on Roven Records.

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Trilogy's new DVD release. Composed by Michael Raphael. Diane Leslie Kaufman, author; Olya Kalatsei, illustrator.
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Wow!!! Take a look a pics from Trilogy's premiere of "Garvey" last night at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ). Beautifully composed by Michael Raphael, the opera presented critical insight into the life of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born Black Nationalist who fiercely proclaimed a “Back to Africa” message; founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) boasting 75,000 dues paying members; established the Black Star Line to ship goods and Blacks back to Africa; started numerous businesses employing more than 1,000 Black workers; and inspired the largest mass movement in African American history. Known for his breathtakingly rich musical style, composer Michael Raphael used rich musical sounds and alluring harmonic passages to translate the transcendent beauty of Garvey's grand vision – incarnate. All was made possible by your generous support -- Thank You!!!

Trilogy is the only company in America that focuses its artistic efforts on heroes, heroines and historical events from the experience of Black Americans, through the music of Black composers. Trilogy tells the compelling and important stories of the Black community that permeate the fabric of American culture.

Let's continue the progress! Give a gift today to support great Black art created by amazing Black artists!!!
Garvey!
Garvey's Visionary "Black Star Line".
Garvey Reception @Aljira Art Gallery
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Trilogy's Maestros Ivan Thomas, Phil Bingham, Julius Williams and Exec. Director Kevin Maynor discuss "Garvey" and the relevance of Black subject matter and the world of opera with Felipe Luciano, Dir. of Communications, City of Newark.

Artists Educational Backgrounds: Indiana University, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, Moscow Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, New York University, Hart School of Music, Lehman College, Bradley University, Kansas University, Shanghai Convservatory, Beijing Conservatory, University of Illinois.
NWKTV interview w/Felipe Luciano
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$73,235 of $171.7k goal

Raised by 65 people in 25 months
Created January 23, 2015
Gail Maynor  
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Keep going guys

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