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JMNS Performs Handel's "Messiah"

JMNS Performs Handel's JOANNA MEDAWAR NACHEF SINGERS, a high caliber group of young vocalists, will return to the stage with Handel’s most famous choral work “Messiah.” This oratorio holds the prestigious place of being the only composition that has been performed continuously since its premiere in 1742.  JMNS will perform highlights from all three parts, accompanied by a professional orchestra and four soloists.

JOANNA MEDAWAR NACHEF SINGERS, a high caliber group of young vocalists, will return to the stage with Handel’s most famous choral work “Messiah.” This oratorio holds the prestigious place of being the only composition that has been performed continuously since its premiere in 1742.  JMNS will perform highlights from all three parts, accompanied by a professional orchestra and four soloists, including Soprano Amanda Menzie Yoon, Contralto Erin Wood, Tenor Todd Strange, and Baritone Abdiel Gonzalez, under the baton of Dr. Joanna Nachef, Founder and Artistic Director of JMNS Singers.

Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. | James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA  90503.
Tickets: $30 General Admission - $20 Senior/Student - $10 Children 4 - 12
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JMNSingers are acclaimed for their virtuosic performances and choral singing. Members of JMNS have performed on American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and The Voice, as well as at the House of Blues, Carnegie Hall, and as support for Andrea Bocelli at MGM Las Vegas.  Most recently, JMNS was the first American choir to be featured in the St. Petersburg 2019 “Singing World Festival”, with performances in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.   

JOANNA MEDAWAR NACHEF, is recognized as the first woman conductor from the Middle East. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Dr. Nachef is Director of Choral Activities at El Camino College. She earned her Bachelor in Music in piano performance from CSUDH, her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master in Music degrees in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. Dr. Nachef is also on the faculty of California State University Dominguez Hills, founder and Artistic Director for JOANNA MEDAWAR NACHEF SINGERS: and choir director at Peninsula Community Church. In 2015, Dr. Nachef retired from her post as the artistic director for Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, after 24 years. She was recently appointed as Artistic Director/Conductor for the newly formed Torrance Pops Orchestra and “Joanna & Friends” 2018-2019 series.

Dr. Nachef has directed both locally and in guest appearances in motion pictures, and toured nationally and internationally with her performing groups.

She is speaker and “Citizen Diplomat” for the US State Department with the “Global Education Through Technology” project, a charter board member and past president for the LA/Beirut Sister City Organization and alumnae of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. This summer she coordinated, led and conducted her first U.S. Dept. of State Grant-Funded international concert tour to Russia with JMNS, the first American Choir featured in the St. Petersburg 2019 “Singing World Festival” where their rousing performances of Gospel Music and Spirituals received high acclaim, both in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Soprano AMANDA MENZIE YOON, from Katy, Texas, is currently residing in New Jersey with her husband. She has been heard in concert as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, the Fauré Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and the Rutter Gloria. Additionally, she has appeared as Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Ruth in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle. Because of her passion for art song, Mrs. Yoon programmed a recital of Grieg’s Haugtussa and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben with pianist, Mirim Kim, in 2019 after developing their partnership at SongFest in 2018. While at SongFest, she also performed as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 162. As both a bright and sensitive musician, she, along with piano and clarinet, premiered the art song, Solstice, written by Troy Armstrong in 2015.

Mrs. Yoon received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studying music and pre-medicine, and graduated from Northwestern University with her Master’s degree in Voice and Opera Performance under the tutelage of W. Stephen Smith.

Mezzo-soprano ERIN WOOD’S portrayals of Verdi and Wagner heroines have received praise for her “soaring soprano”, her “immense voice full of grit at the bottom and transcendent radiance at the top” and her “volcanic outpouring of sound”. For Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Wood has portrayed 13 roles since her tenure with the Ryan Opera Center. She has been featured with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Anchorage Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, the Grant Park and Ravinia Music Festivals, as well as the Milwaukee, Macon, Bakersfield, Pacific and Lake Forest Symphonies.  

Concert engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with the London Symphony Chorus, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler Fourth Symphony, Brahms Requiem, Strauss Four Last Songs, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, and Whitbourn’s Annalies.  Awards include the George London Foundation’s Kirsten Flagstad Award for up-and-coming Wagnerian singers, and she was finalist at the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Wagnerian Singers in Aalborg, Denmark. Ms. Wood is an alumna of UCLA, is seen weekly on the Hour of Power and is a member of the El Camino College voice faculty where she frequently collaborates with her fellow faculty in concert and recital.

Originally from Northern California, Lyric Tenor TODD STRANGE is a well-rounded singer specializing in opera, oratorio and musical theater, in addition to session and concert work. Mr. Strange is a member and frequent soloist with the L. A. Master Chorale and the L. A. Opera, and is a soloist in many regional companies across the United States. Professional highlights include both lead and supporting roles with Long Beach Opera, Arizona Opera, The Ohio Light Opera, Pacific Coast Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Stockton Opera and San Diego Opera. As a recording artist, Todd has been featured as a soloist with the LA Phil (2nd Foreigner/Orango) on Deutsche Gramophone, in addition to lead roles with Ohio Light Opera on Albany Records. Mr. Strange can also be heard singing on many Movie Soundtracks such as “Frozen,” “Minions,” and “Godzilla.”

Most recently, Todd performed the roles of Candide with Long Beach Opera, Almaviva in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia with Bakersfield Symphony, the tenor role in Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox with Long Beach Opera, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Angels Vocal Arts. Other recent career highlights include the tenor soloist in Liszt's Faust Symphony with Jacaranda Music, The Nantucket Sailor in LA Opera's Moby Dick, Hoffman in Tales of Hoffman with Orange County Opera, and tenor solos in Alexander's Feast (LA Master Chorale) at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Puerto Rican baritone, ABDIEL GONZÁLEZ has been praised for his “rich, lush baritone” and for having a “superb voice, which commanded the stage.” Most recently he recorded the role of Thermus in Harrison’s Young Caesar with the Los Angeles Philharmonic & sang the solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Pasadena Master Chorale. He played the role of Advisor in LA Opera’s The Festival Play of Daniel under the baton of James Conlon, sang the baritone solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the UCLA Choral Union & Philharmonia and with the Angeles Chorale, the Traveler in Britten’s Curlew River with Jacaranda as part of the Britten100/LA celebration. Mr. Gonzalez made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic soloing in Stravinsky’s Renard under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Operatic roles performed include Mercutio in Roméo et Julliette, Shrike in the West Coast premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts, Athanaël in Thaïs, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Morales in Carmen, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. He performed lead roles in 3 Zarzuelas, including the title role in Luis Alonso, Paquiro in Goyescas and Don Pedro in El Barberillo de Lavapies. The concert stage has seen him as a soloist in Händel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem & Mass in c minor, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s St. Matthew Passsion and St. John Passion, Vaughn William’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols & Five Mystical Songs, Lizst’s Via Crucis, Brahms’ Requiem, & Britten’s War Requiem.

Presenter / Producer: Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers

Listed Categories
Music > Choral/Choirs
Music > Classical

Event Phone: 310-781-7171

James Armstrong Theatre
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance CA 90503

Long Beach & South Bay

Performance Dates: 12/5/2021
Sunday, 12/05/2021

Performance Times
7:00 PM

Ticket Information:
Tickets: $30 General Admission - $20 Senior/Student - $10 Children 4 - 12
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