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Local ties to star-studded line up of Handel’s Messiah

TRURO – A performance of the 1741 works Handel’s Messiah in Truro next month will feature some well-known names to many in the community.

Jana Miller

The First United Church and Cantabile Singers are hosting the performance at the church on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Jana Miller, a Truro native now living in Montreal, is set to perform the soprano in the concert.

The 28-year-old made her debut at Carnegie Hall last year with the same performance, however, with The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in New York.

“Jana was born and raised here and learned with most of the voice teachers of the town,” said Chris Bowman, the minister of music at the church and artistic director of the Cantabile Society. He’s directing the performance this year.

“Now, Jana is really creating quite a name for herself in Montreal where she lives, and throughout the rest of Canada and the United States.”

Following the performance in Truro, Miller will head to Halifax where she will perform Handel’s Messiah the following week with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Also set for the Truro performance is world-renowned organist Dr. Gayle Martin.

“She was the organist here at First United and any chance we get to bring her back here, we do,” Bowman said. “She still has a number of fans around.”

While the work of Handel’s Messiah is usually performed either on an organ or with an orchestra, the Dec. 13 performance will feature both the organ and Truro’s Holly Hartlen on trumpet.

“The trumpet gets some of the best solos, so we are bringing (Holly) in to highlight that,” the artistic director said.

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