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January 12, 2008


The silvery beauty of the soprano voice will be on display when the Monmouth Civic Chorus and orchestra perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s magnificent Mass in C Minor, led by Dr. Mark Shapiro. Mozart’s graceful arias and duets will be sung by international soloists Sungji Kim and Christine Reber.

A native of Korea, Sungji Kim has performed leading roles in Korea, Japan, Germany, Canada and throughout the United States. She won the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, Sembrich Voice Scholarship Competition, German Lieder Competition and Anna Moffo Memorial Soprano Competition, and was a finalist at the International Opera Singers Competition and the National Opera Association Vocal Competition.

Christine Reber was born in Germany and earned three musical degrees at the University of Music in Freiburg: Opera Singer, Voice Teacher, and Lieder and Oratorio. In 2005 she received the Achievement Award for Artistic Excellence from the German Forum in New York. She last performed with the Monmouth Civic Chorus in Handel’s Messiah in 2006.

Also on the program are two eloquent works by the English Romantic master Ralph Vaughan Williams, inspired by two of the world’s best-loved poets. Toward the Unknown Region brings us Walt Whitman’s journey of the daring soul, and Serenade to Music portrays Shakespeare’s vision of the power of harmony.

The concert is at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $25 regular, $27 and $22 for seniors, $25 and $20 for groups, $10 and $5 for students. Call (732) 933-9333 for tickets and information, or visit

The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been acclaimed as “close to perfect” (Asbury Park Press), “sonorously impressive” (The Star-Ledger) and “a vital musical presence on the New Jersey classical music scene” (Classical New Jersey).