Your contribution toward the $300,000 goal will support three performances, production of documentary and concert films, CD release, curriculum guide development, merchandise, and marketing.

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Donation levels & benefits:

  • Level 1: Sankofa $50-$100 
    • Signed copy Blues People & The Art of Sound (while supplies last) + Digital Download
    • Signed copy of Reconstruction: An Oratorio
    • Ticket to premier concert
  • Level 2: Ubuntu  $100-$250
    • Level 1 + Sampler Bundle (Digital Download)
  • Level 3: Sawubona $250-$500
    • Level 1 & 2 + the OMD & Trio Bundles
    • Backstage passes (2)
  • Level 4: Azania $500-$750
    • Levels 1-3 + the 400: An Afrikan Epic Bundle
    • Access to 1 rehearsal (2 passes)
  • Level 5: Ankh $750-$1000
    • Levels 1-4 
    • Reconstruction: An Oratorio bundle 1 (music, documentary, and concert film)
  • Level 6: Amandla $1000-$5000
    • Levels 1-5  
    • Reconstruction: An Oratorio bundle 2 (music, documentary, concert film, curriculum guide, score signed by the composer, librettist, & conductor)
    • Unreleased music and footage of Lomax ensembles
  • Level 7: Alkebulan $5000+
    • Levels 1-5
    • Dinner with the production team
    • Private concert for donor and guests (total of 40 people) at Streetlight Guild

Reconstruction: An Oratorio

Reconstruction: An Oratorio by Dr. Mark Lomax, II & Tyiesha Radford Shorts
An oratorio for mixed ensemble illuminating American history in hopes of creating a better future for all. 

What can we learn from the past that informs the present in order to create the future we all want to see and live in? The visionary composer behind the groundbreaking 400: An Afrikan Epic, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is set to captivate audiences once again with his new work, Reconstruction: An Oratorio. Working with poet and librettist, Tyiesha Radford Shorts and conductor Dr. Antoine Clark, this powerful and timely piece will shine a spotlight on the often-overlooked chapters of American history from the Emancipation of enslaved Africans to the early 20th Century – a period that holds crucial lessons for building a more just, equitable, and democratic society today.
"Reconstruction: An Oratorio" brings together an exceptional ensemble of over 40 artists, including a string orchestra, improvising septet, three soloists, chorus, a rapper, DJ, and narrator. The piece will be conducted by Dr. Antoine Clark. The ensemble will perform this thought-provoking oratorio as part of the nationwide celebrations honoring America's 250th anniversary. 
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Ensemble: The Urban Art Ensemble

Line up TBD
Soprano Voice (classical/gospel)
Alto Voice (gospel/soul/r&b)
Tenor Voice (classical/gospel/r&b)
Male Voice (rapper)
Edwin Bayard - tenor and soprano saxophones
William Menefield - piano
Dean Hulett - bass
Mark Lomax, II - drums 
String orchestra


Lisa Cave 


Tiffany Cooper 

Ben Weiss