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Friends remember theatre icon Geraldine Connor

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Geraldine Connor relaxes at her home in England in 2007 with a framed photo of the first cast of Carnival Messiah hanging on the wall above.


The Dr Geraldine Connor Memorial Committee will celebrate her life in a musical tribute entitled Geri’s Journey. This tribute will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on May 25 starting at 6 pm. Artistes scheduled to perform are Mavis John, Ataklan, Raymond Edwards, Anne Fridal, Marvin Smith, The Carnival Messiah members, The Laventille Drummers, tassa drummers and many more. The audience will be treated to excerpts from Carnival Messiah, Dr Connor’s most celebrated work, with musical accompaniment provided by Dr Charles Brunner. Maurice Brash will be the master of ceremonies. Although the event will be free to the public, an offering will be collected during the course of the evening. The committee is seeking to find all past members of the Carnival Messiah production to join in this spectacular event.
Following this, there will be a benefit party titled Jazz It For Geri to be held on May 27 at Le Cafe Opera, 13 Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain, starting from 5pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 766-9300/763-8681 or at Cleve’s Record Shop on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain. A jazz band is scheduled to perform at the event. The Dr Geraldine Connor Memorial Committee is a recently formed body of friends family and members of the performing arts fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago, whose purpose is to promote the works of Dr Geraldine Connor. Specialising in devising epic theatre events, Geraldine boasted directorial skills guaranteed to add brio to any writer’s work. Dr Connor’s work includes Carnival Messiah, which she wrote, composed for and directed. She also brought life to epic productions including Yaa Asantewaa, Blues In The Night, The Harder They Come, Voodoo Nation and many more. As a performer, she toured with productions of Porgy and Bess, Showboat and Carmen Jones, and was a backing singer for Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Tom Jones. In 2005, she accepted an award from the British Association of Steel Bands in recognition of the Connor family’s contribution to the promotion of steelband music, Caribbean art, culture and heritage throughout the UK. In 2009, she was presented with Trinidad and Tobago’s second highest national honour, the Chaconia medal (gold).
Dr Connor, ethno-musicologist, theatre director, composer and performer passed away in September 2011 at Harrogate Hospital in England.


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