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Start Date/Time: Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00 PM

Saturday, December 11, starting at 8:00 pm, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, at Revere and Roanoke Streets in Jamaica Plain, JP Concerts presents SING MESSIAH!, with the Young Artists Philharmonic, all current students at New England Conservatory, led by conductor Isaac Kramer. Come sing the choruses with us!  Tickets are $10, but your generosity is welcomed.  All proceeds go to Healing Hands for Haiti. For directions to the church please see

Healing Hands for Haiti is an international medical service organization of physical medicine & rehabilitation professionals. In March 2011, Boston Healing Hands will make their third medical mission to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake to address the ongoing needs of disabled earthquake survivors by providing direct care and by training local caregivers in rehabilitation. The cost for travel, living expenses and logistical support while serving the disabled is $2,000 per team member.  For more information please see

Messiah, (from the Hebrew: ]מָשִׁיחַ)), is a term translated as “anointed” and found in the Hebrew Bible (TANAKH or Old Testament) in reference to a divinely-guided redeemer and savior.  It is principally associated in Jewish tradition with a future King of Israel, descended from King David, who is expected to unite the scattered Jewish people and usher in an age of peace and reconciliation.  Christians, based on the text of the Gospels, regard Jesus of Nazareth as this promised Messiah, and Jesus is also called Messiah in the Qur’an.  Hence, Messiah is a Jewish, Christian and Muslim tradition.

MESSIAH is an English oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759), and is probably the best known work of its kind.  The libretto (lyrics) compiled by Charles Jennens, a contemporary of Handel, is drawn entirely from the Bible.  Composed in London during the summer of 1741 and premiered in Dublin, Ireland on April 8 and 13, 1742, it was repeatedly revised by Handel, depending on the performing forces available. Handel and his band of players and singers donated the proceeds of MESSIAH performances to charities.  We will be carrying on this tradition.  MESSIAH singalongs are common just prior to Christmas—this will be the first singalong in Jamaica Plain, and we hope to make it an annual occasion. 

The instrumentalists of the Young Artists Philharmonic are all current students at the New England Conservatory of Music, led by Conductor Isaac Kramer.  Isaac began his study of music with piano lessons at age 6.  Two years later he began playing what is today his primary instrument, the trombone. At age 12 he was accepted into the Orange County High School of the Arts.  During his studies there Isaac was fortunate enough to continue training on his primary instrument with trombonist Jeremy Swem as well as begin an apprenticeship (which he continues to this day) with conductor Barry Silverman.  Recently, Isaac won the South Coast Symphony's Young Stars of the Future competition as a conductor, the first conductor to win this award. Isaac currently attends the New England Conservatory of Music where he studies trombone performance with Norman Bolter.

SING MESSIAH! features soloists Megan Bisceglia, Nathan Keoughan, Farah Darliette Lewis, Joshua Pelkey, and Yakov Zamir.  

Soprano Megan Bisceglia received her Masters in Vocal Performance with distinction from the Longy School of Music in May of this year, and she continues to study with her teacher from Longy, Jayne West.  Megan is currently a soloist and section leader at the First Baptist Church of Boston under the direction of David Green.  Recently, Megan was the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major with the Spectrum Singers for their Rising Stars concert.  In the near future, Megan will be collaborating with colleague Grace Allendorf to present a concert of duets.  Megan is excited to be participating in this production of Handel’s Messiah. 

Bass Nathan Keoughan has recently made his operatic debut in the role of Colline in La Bohemé, under the direction of Valarie Kuinka of the Metropolitan Opera and produced by tenor Richard Margison. Before moving from his native Canada to the United States, Nathan enjoyed a youthful career in musical theatre portraying the debonair Roy Gardner in the hit Canadian musical Anne & Gilbert.  His concert credits include; The Creation, The Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Petite Messe Solennelle and the Bach Christmas Cantata. Nathan has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Vocal Performance degree at the New England Conservatory.

Soprano Farah Darliette Lewis is thrilled to be making her debut performance of Handel’s Messiah with JP Concerts!  A Masters’ candidate and Presidential Scholar at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Farah specializes in both lyrical and florid singing and holds Art Song, Operatic Performance & Oratorio close to her heart.  In-home recitals presented on a theme special to the hosts and their guests are another favorite performance milieu.  Farah holds bachelors degrees from both New England Conservatory and Tufts University, and currently studies with Soprano Karyl Ryczek. 

Tenor Joshua Pelkey is originally from Vermont where he received his BA in Vocal Performance from the University of Vermont.  Joshua is currently finishing up at Longy School of Music where he is a master’s degree candidate in Vocal Performance, studying in the studio of Karyl Ryczek.  He has been a featured soloist with Burlington Choral Society in Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah and has performed in the Vermont Mozart Festival with the Gilbert and Sullivan Singers. Joshua can be seen in the Boston area performing many different genres from Art Song to Opera. For more information and upcoming events please see

Counter-tenor Yakov Zamir, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has performed with orchestras, choirs and in concert series throughout the United States, including at Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Missouri, and twice with the San Diego Symphony.  Yakov has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the Rehovot Chamber Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roi David, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and various other instrumental and choral ensembles in Israel.  Yakov has also performed in six cities in India; on the stage of an ancient Greek amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus; in the Langholtskirkju in Reykavik, Iceland; and at Covent Garden Opera House in London.  For samples of his recent work, here in Boston, please see


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