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Welcome to the November 2015 issue of Echoes, targeted to fans and audience of Monmouth Civic Chorus.
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In This Issue:
- MCC Announces New Season – Christmas Favorites at Count Basie Theatre
- Soloists, Orchestra Join MCC at Count Basie
- MCC Offers Carolers, Singing Christmas Grams
- Have Yourself A Merry Little MCC Christmas
- Get to Know Us on Our Website
- What’s on Your Mind?
MCC Announces New Season – Christmas Favorites at Count Basie Theatre
Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau will lead the 2015-16 season of the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus, featuring traditional Christmas favorites in December and classical gems in March and May. Subscribers are guaranteed the best seats and best prices for all three concerts.
The sounds of Christmas will fill the air when the chorus and orchestra premiere a new Christmas Suiteby Dr. Brandau, with his own arrangements of holiday favorites. Classical selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah and Bach’s magnificent Mass in B Minor will round out the program. The concert, titled Joy to the World, is on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. For many music lovers, it won’t be Christmas without it. Individual tickets for premium seating: $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student. For regular seating: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.
Dr. Brandau has chosen the transcendent acoustics of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, for a superb concert titled Passions, with meditations on Lent from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The music is poignant and contemplative, including Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti, and O Vos Omnes by Pablo Casals. The concert is on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.
The season closes with Heavenly Harmony on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank. The music includes the visionary Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Handel’s triumphant Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and the buoyant Choral Dances from Gloriana by Benjamin Britten. Tickets are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.
Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he works with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician, whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music,magna cum laude, from Princeton University.
Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called “near-flawless” (Asbury Park Press), “alive and evocative” (The Star-Ledger) and “superior” (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Subscriptions are $75 for all three concerts, over 25% savings on full-price tickets. Student subscriptions are $20. Subscribers receive premium seats for the holiday concert, which have sold out year after year. Subscriptions, tickets and information are available at monmouthcivicchorus.org or (732) 933-9333.
Soloists, Orchestra Join MCC at Count Basie
Accomplished soloists and an approximately 30-piece orchestra will join the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus in Joy to the World on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey.
Ms. Quelin and Mr. Dougherty will be featured in Bach’s Gloria in Excelsis, a cantata that will sound familiar to fans of the magnificent Mass in B Minor.
The orchestra string section will also perform Bach’s Air from the orchestral suite No. 3 in D, a popular piece heard in various soundtracks and receptions, in addition to accompanying MCC.
MCC Offers Carolers, Singing Christmas Grams
The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus is sending its singers on the road to brighten your holidays with seasonal music. Groups of carolers are available to add merriment to home, office or community gatherings. For unique gift-giving, the Chorus is offering singing Christmas grams, delivered in person in Monmouth County to the lucky recipient of your choice.
Past caroling appearances have included Sickles Market in Little Silver, Holiday Harmonies in Red Bank, Pier Village in Long Branch, and Dearborn Market in Holmdel. For bookings and rates, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, click Contact at monmouthcivicchorus.org, or call (732) 933-9333.
Have Yourself A Merry Little MCC Christmas
Take home our latest CD of holiday classics and sparkling new arrangements of old favorites by the multi-talented Ryan James Brandau. Whether you’re decking the hall or taking a cup of kindness, our music is sure to help you have yourself a merry little Christmas. $15 plus shipping (no surcharge for credit cards).
And for an extra stocking stuffer, our Grace Notes CD is on sale for just $5. This classic under the baton of Mark Shapiro has our favorite selections from the masterworks of choral music. Enjoy beloved choruses by Brahms, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Vivaldi and more.
Order by December 15 to receive delivery by Christmas. Visit monmouthcivicchorus.org or call (732) 933-9333.
Get to Know Us on Our Website
Have you visited our website lately? We’ve added a blog, photo gallery, video and audio clips, member profiles, social media hub, and a lot more. You can order tickets, make a donation, request a group of carolers, place an ad in our program, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Take a look at monmouthcivicchorus.org and let us know what you think.
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What’s on Your Mind?
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