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September 14, 2006


 The rafters will ring in the Monmouth Civic Chorus concert Four Trumpets and a Chorus, an unusual pairing of voices with brass instruments. The centerpiece is the French Romantic composer Henri Busser’s Domremy Mass for chorus and four trumpets, composed in honor of Joan of Arc. The chorus will also sing the ethereal Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, who said in 1902, “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death, and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.”

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.