Caribbean opera star Phillip Mentor and Grammy Award winner Paul Sullivan will join forces Friday night, Jan. 22 to present a Haiti relief effort benefit concert at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. The music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Born in Belmont, Port of Spain, in the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago, Mentor is a trained opera singer and has performed in musical plays and theaters and with symphony orchestras. He sings in a variety of languages and musical styles from French to German, Spanish and Latin and even some Yiddish. His repertoire includes Negro Spirituals, classical, baroque, classic Broadway, Irish and English folksongs, gospel, sacred concerts and Christmas concerts, both sacred and popular.

As a concert vocalist and baritone, Mentor has performed throughout most of the United States and Caribbean. Among his awards are first place in the North American Guild Voice Competition, African-American Singer of the Year in 1986, first runner-up in the Metropolitan Opera Regional and Outstanding Young Vocalist of New Jersey.

Mentor is a great story teller and his presentations are thought-provoking. He thoroughly researches each piece he performs so he can help the audience to relate to it, by telling them about the time and ideas the piece conveys. Friday night, he will discuss the rich history of Haiti, its culture, and its musical influence throughout the Caribbean and beyond during his performance.

Mentor will be accompanied by Maine’s own Sullivan on piano. As a soloist, with his trio and with the Paul Winter Consort, Sullivan has played concerts in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica and Japan. He has performed in Leonard Bernstein’s living room and on stage with legendary orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy, and the Boston Pops, under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt.

He also has played with a wide variety of jazz masters from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan. His 13 CDs have sold more than 300,000 copies and have won three Indie Awards. He received a Grammy Award for his work on “Silver Solstice.”

Through the generous support of Unity College, UniTel Incorporated, and the performers, 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Haiti relief efforts by the American Red Cross and Water Projects International. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at Additional donations will be welcome and greatly appreciated. The show will be streamed on the Internet and representatives from the American Red Cross and Water Projects International will be on hand.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to