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Three Mo' Tenors

Three Mo' TenorsThree Mo' Tenors, conceived and directed by Broadway director Marion J. Caffey, was inspired by the versatility of African-American operatic tenors. Their repertoire spans four hundred years of music and crosses seven musical forms-opera, Broadway, jazz, gospel, soul, blues, and spirituals. This musical trio, composed of Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon, and Thomas Young, has appeared at the Broadway Celebrates the Spirit of Harlem gala benefit, George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, on NBC's Weekend Today Show, and on PBS's Great Performances series.

Victor Trent Cook, a native New Yorker, began singing at the age of three in his home church. As a member of the Brooklyn Boys Chorus School of Musical Training's Concert Choir, Cook traveled throughout the United States and to Rome, Italy where he sang for the Pope. As a boy soprano soloist, he performed in many of the world's most famous venues including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston, and The White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Cook has appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions, including Romance in Hard Times and Moby Dick. His first Broadway production was Don't Get God Started, and he was nominated for a Tony for his role in Smokey Joe's Café.

He has appeared on television and in the feature films Starlight and Hangin' with the Homeboys.

Cook has shared the stage with musical greats Patti LaBelle, Gladys Night, Lou Rawls, Ashford and Simpson, Betty Buckley, Tony Randall, Jennifer Holiday, and Bette Midler.

Rodrick Dixon earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New York, and has studied in Italy's l'Academia Musicale Ottorino Respighi and France's L'Ecole d'Art Americain-Palais de Fountainbleau. Dixon's performances include Ruiz in Il Trovatore and Rodriguez in Don Quixote with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Hoffman in The Tales of Hoffman with Portland Opera. Dixon created the title roles in the world premieres of Bright Sheng's Song of Majnun at the Civic Theatre, and the Prince in Vanqui with the Columbus Opera.

He has appeared at the Tony Awards and on Good Morning America. His musical credits include Ragtime on Broadway, and LivEnt's production of Showboat in Chicago. Dixon was a 1991 winner of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation and the Mary Dawson Art Guild Tenor of the Year Award.

Thomas Young has made concert appearances in the major music centers of more than 20 countries, including Great Britain, Japan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. In his first collaboration with Anthony Davis, Young made his New York City Opera debut in the dual roles of Street and Elijah Muhammad for the world premiere of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.

Davis wrote The Trickster God for Young, and the tenor made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in the world premiere of Davis' Amistad. His work with the Netherlands Opera includes Punch and Judy, Von Heute auf Morgen, and Lady Macbeth of Mtensk. His recordings include X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and The Death of Klinghoffer, both of which were nominated for Grammy awards.




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