Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape

2017/2018 Season Concerts

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Pinkham Wedding Cantata & Faure Requiem with soloists and orchestra
March 10, 2018 at 4PM • March 11, 2018 at 3PM
Simon Center for the Arts, Falmouth Academy

Philip Lima’s performances regularly are marked by critical praise: “His singing was

glorious” (The Boston Globe) – “vibrant baritone and a commanding presence”

(Cleveland Plain Dealer) – “keen musicianship along with total dramatic intention.”

(Opera News ONLINE). He has sung a wide array of leading operatic roles, including

world premieres, for the international Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany;

Lyric Opera Cleveland; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; Opera Columbus; El Paso

Opera; Boston Academy of Music and Opera Boston; Handel & Haydn Society;

Granite State Opera; Cape Cod Opera; and Boston’s Prism Opera and

Opera-by-the-Bay. In concert, Mr. Lima has appeared as soloist with the Daejeon

(Korea) Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, New York’s

Amor Artis, Boston Ballet, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra,

and more than sixty orchestras, choral societies, and concert series across the

United States. Mr. Lima’s performance of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Beverly

Orlove was described by The Boston Phoenix as one of Boston’s “Unforgettable Classical Events of 2005.” Mr. Lima is a native of New Bedford, MA and an alumnus of Yale University. He studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and with Richard Conrad, and is Conrad’s successor as the artistic director of The Bostonians ( More information about Mr. Lima is available at, and at his YouTube channel, PhilipLimaSings. Critical Praise “Physically imposing, dramatically powerful, and vocally secure.” The Boston Globe “Majestic voice matches his towering physique.” El Paso Times “Lima sings with firm assurance.” Cleveland: The Plain Dealer “[His] resonant, spirited singing effectively carried the narrative forward.” Cape Cod Times “Gracefulness in power and a kind of purity marked Lima’s delivery.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer “A strong, ringing delivery” Champaign-Urbana (IL) News Gazette

In a region rich with musical talent, Joan Kirchner is a stand-out. Joan first came to

prominence in the 1990s as a soloist for oratorio, opera, and recital repertoire.

Whether she is delivering a witty, inventive rendering of Cole Porter or an insightful

twist on a medieval work, Joan Kirchner engages and uplifts her audiences with

the beauty and clarity of her voice, her lively imagination, and her charismatic

stage presence.

Joan has performed with many of the top musical groups in the region and beyond,

including Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Toronto's Tafelmusik Chamber Choir,

 the Masterworks Chorale, Chorus North Shore, the Woods Hole Cantata Consort,

and the Chatham Chorale. Pursuing her passion for early music, Joan has worked

with some of the world’s foremost musicians, including the famed Austrian

conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt; the highly acclaimed musicologist, and leader in

the movement to perform early music on period instruments, Gustav Leonhardt;

and Ton Koopman, another important leader in the authentic performance movement. Joan is herself the co-founder of the Renaissance group OYEZ! which performs regularly here at the Cape.

A native of western New York State, Joan holds two bachelor's degrees from Houghton College, one in Music and a second in Business Administration. She earned a master's degree with distinction in Music from Indiana University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her public performances, Joan performs for private events, serves churches throughout the Cape, and teaches voice, piano, flute, and organ at her home studio in Brewster.

Joan sings regularly with I Musicisti, a group of musicians from the Cape and greater Boston area whose mission is to educate and continue the performance of classical music. They perform at venues throughout the region, presenting "Sensational Soirées" and other events designed to cap the day for lovers of great music.  

Tickets available at the door.