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September 9, 2006


Soprano Jo Ellen Miller, Middletown, will join the the Monmouth Civic Chorus in Four Trumpets and a Chorus, an unusual pairing of voices with brass instruments. Last heard with MCC in Handel’s Messiah, Miller will sing the hauntingly beautiful soprano solo in the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and J.S. Bach’s Cantata #51, Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (Praise God in All Lands), a virtuoso star-turn for soprano, trumpet and organ.

A graduate of Middletown High School South, Jo Ellen Miller spent the past two summers at Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow, where she coached with Metropolitan Opera Maestro James Levine on scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Recently, she sang with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as soloist in Bernstein on Broadway. Equally at home on the musical theater stage, she performed as Abigail Adams in 1776 with Phoenix Productions at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

The concert is on Saturday, November 18, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 seniors, $20 groups of 10 or more, $5 students. Call (732) 933-9333, or order online at

Under its award-winning Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Shapiro, the 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). Dr. Shapiro is also the Artistic Director of Cantori New York, Director of the Conducting Program of the European-American Musical Alliance in Paris, and a faculty member of Mannes College The New School for Music. His varied credits as an instrumental and opera conductor include Nova Sinfonia(Halifax),Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, The Actors Studio, Two River Theater, the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Banff Centre, Metro Lyric Opera, and PBS, where he was heard conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns’ special on New York City.