Handel's Messiah

Lisa Jablow, Conductor
Vermont Philharmonic Chorus

December 2, 2022, Friday, 7:30 pm
St. Augustine Church, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier

December 4, 2022, Sunday, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Tickets: $20 / $15 Seniors / $5 Student

Lisa Jablow, conductor, holds a D.M.A. in Choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has done additional study in conducting and voice at the Aspen School of Music, the Tanglewood Festival, Westminster Choir College, Carnegie Hall Conductors’ Workshops, and Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak, in Maine. An accomplished vocal soloist, she was awarded highest honors for interpretation at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany. She has appeared onstage with such organizations as New York City Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Milwaukee Symphony, Boise Opera, Skylight Opera, and New York Virtuoso Singers.

Jablow is currently music director of the Vermont Symphonic Winds, on leave as assistant conductor of the Vermont Philharmonic, guest music director of MCOS, and the artistic director of microscOPERA. She is also a supertitle operator at The Juilliard School and a titles cue caller at the Metropolitan Opera. Beyond the world of music, she is the owner of two businesses — Allegro WordWorking and Peaceable Kingdom Reiki for Wildlife, Pets, and People.


Lillian Broderick, soprano, has been hailed as a "lovely, lyric soprano" by the Barre Times Argus, She has performed roles including Adina in L'elisir d'Amore, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. She recently made her debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with one hour's notice. Lillian has performed many Gilbert & Sullivan roles including Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Princess Ida, and Josephine in HMS Pinafore. She is delighted to return with the Vermont Philharmonic for Handel's Messiah.


Broderick holds an M.M. degree in Opera Performance from the University of Kentucky where she was a Phyllis Jenness Vocal Scholar. She is also an alumna of the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera (EPCASO). Attending for two years, she studied Italian Bel Canto repertoire with Mo. Maurizio Arena, and the late soprano Claudia Pinza.

Carolyn Dickinson, contralto, has performed choral and solo work for the past twenty years. primarily with Counterpoint, one of Vermont’s professional vocal ensembles. She has also sung with the Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont (all VT humor intended), Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, and with the Stowe Theatre Guild in addition to her lifetime of experience as a church musician and chorister.


Dickinson completed her B.S. in Music Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, and has worked with elementary and middle school students as a music teacher, choral instructor, instrumental instructor, and drama and musical theater director in New York and Vermont. After completing her masters’ degree, she found her vocation as a school leader in Essex Junction where she has worked for the past fifteen years.


When not helping teenagers along their path to adulthood, she can be found skiing, gardening, DIYing, and camping with her family.

Neil Cerutti, tenor, has been a well-known name and voice in the Vermont music world for more than a decade. By day, he works as a financial aid administrator at Norwich University, but his true love is singing, music performance, choral music, and barbershop.

Cerutti performs in the Counterpoint vocal ensemble, and has taken the stage many times in the Gilbert and Sullivan shows produced annually at the Unadilla Theatre. He is the current artistic director of the Green Mountain Chorus, Vermont’s premiere barbershop chorus currently celebrating its 75th year, and sings in other ensembles in the area when time permits, including The Mad River Chorale, the Thetford Chamber Singers, and Chordination, a barbershop quartet.

Erik Kroncke, bass, has been described as “engaging...a bass of astounding depth and warm timbre...an important voice and artist....” He is in demand as Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, Philip II in Don Carlo, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Ramphis in Aida, and Gremin in Eugene Onegin at opera companies around the world.

Kronke has won many awards and has performed as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies in the US and abroad. He recently sang the bass soloist in the Beethoven 9th with the National Choral at Lincoln center, sang the role of Tackleton in the North American premier of Zandonai’s Il Grillo del Focolare with Teatro Grattacielo, and opened the 27th season of the Capriccio concert series in recital with pianist Mary Jane Austin. This year he sings the role Rocco in Fidelio with St. Petersburg Opera, the bass soloist in Beethoven 9th, various Messiah concerts, and recitals across New England.