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John Thomas-Trinidadian Operatic Tenor in Recital


Presented by the Eastern Performing Arts Fraternity

On August 25th and 26th, The Eastern Performing Arts Fraternity presents Trinidadian operatic tenor John Thomas in his first full recital in Trinidad at the Central Bank Auditorium Port of Spain.


The evening’s programming entitled “Zuiegnung”, German for dedication, promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of classical selections from baroque to folk! Thomas’ wide repertoire will provide the audience with much to enjoy as he sings Opera, Art Songs, Spirituals, Musical Theatre Folk and Calypso.  Thomas explains that this recital is a dedication to all the contributors to his successes as he believes that he was blessed with talent and great ambition however life’s experiences have taught him that all of this is not enough. All of his God-given abilities would mean nothing if not for the opportunities afforded to me by the sacrifices of a good mother; the generosity of a music teacher; the guiding hand of a mentor; the support of an entire community. He went on further to  mention one of his favourite quotes “We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” – Sandra Day O’Connor.


“Zuiegnung” will feature Hungarian pianist, Dr Charles Brunner, Guinness world record holder, who will show his skill in accompanying Thomas in many genres throughout his entire recital. Other collaborating artists such as “soul soprano” Llettesha Sylvester, who just completed a successful as the lead role in “Mahalia, the Gospel Musical”, the new voice on the block Delina Roberts Lina, another soprano who was discovered by Thomas at The Eastern Performing Arts Fraternity’s recent music festival and virtuoso flautist and saxophonist Jeremy Chatoor, who is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago. The tenor will also be joined by pannist Marcus Ash, a member of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, percussionist Ernesto Garcia of Venezuela, dancer Jillia Cato, guitarist Ian Moreau and voices of the Eastern Chorale.


Thomas ended the interview with these words ,“I know that this kind of event may not be popular amongst the T&T population, however, I believe if one comes with an open mind and they let the music take control, they would really enjoy and appreciate what classical musicians of Trinidad and Tobago have to offer. I often hear people say things like, “Dis eh we kindah music” or “Daiz nuh we culture” however, I believe that music is now a universal language. Via modern technology, different genres of music are now more than ever before being fused into pop culture. People are beginning to realise the power of music and what it can do for us. I say let the music play on! I encourage all music lovers to come out and give this event a chance.”


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