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Messiah, Liszt, Mozart and New Musical

August 15, 2007


 The Monmouth Civic Chorus announced its 2007-2008 season of superb choral music under the baton of Dr. Mark Shapiro. Subscribers save 25% over single-ticket prices, and can reserve premium Messiah seats at half price. Subscriptions are $60 for the November, March and May concerts, or $80 for all four. Student subscriptions are only $20 or $30. Call (732) 933-9333 to subscribe, or order online at

The season begins with LisztFest, celebrating the life and music of the virtuoso genius Franz Liszt. Guest artists are Karin Gargone, Organist, Presbyterian Church on the Hill, Ocean Township; Charles Harris, Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank; and Vladislav Kovalsky, Executive Director, Monmouth Conservatory of Music, along with Mark Cook, MCC Accompanist. The concert is on Saturday, November 17, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 regular, $22 seniors, $20 groups of 10 or more, $5 students.

A holiday classic returns with selections from Messiah plus Christmas Pops on Sunday, December 16, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Highlights of Handel’s beloved oratorio will be performed along with favorite carols. For many music lovers, it won’t be Christmas without it. Subscribers get $40 tickets for just $20. Single tickets are $40 for premium seating ($35 seniors, $30 groups, $10 students), $25 regular ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students) and $15 economy ($5 students).

The chorus returns to the Count Basie Theatre with soloists and full orchestra for Mozart’s magnificent Mass in C Minor, known as the “Great” Mass. Also on the program are eloquent works by the English Romantic master Ralph Vaughan Williams, inspired by two of the world’s bestloved 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 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.

The season closes with the world premiere of a new musical, set in San Francisco in the Depression, with music by New York composer Richard Pearson Thomas and book by Joe Calarco. Golden Gate tells the story of a family traveling to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge on a journey of discovery and reawakened hope. The performances are at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 regular, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students.

Under its award-winning Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Shapiro, 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). The group has performed by invitation at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the PNC Bank Arts Center, and at many historic sites in Europe and the United States.