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Beloved Holiday Concert Returns to Red Bank

RED BANK, NJ - The sounds of the season will fill the halls of the Count Basie Center for the Arts when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus takes the stage to perform Joy to the World on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 4 p.m.  Following the wide-spread acclaim of last year’s holiday concert, the chorus will present an expanded edition of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite. 

Concert-goers will enjoy holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall.   Dr. Brandau’s hauntingly beautiful arrangement of Auld Lang Syne will be featured as well, and this year’s rendition of the Suite will include a plethora of choruses from Handel’s beloved Messiah, and Bach’s brilliant Magnificat.  “The holiday concert is always our favorite performance of the year,” said Dr. Brandau.  “It’s joy to perform these classic melodies in a re-imagined way and, of course, it is always a thrill to return to the pages of Messiah and the Magnificat.”

The performance will take place at the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.  Tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $15 student.  Tickets for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $10 student.  Tickets and information are available at www.monmouthcivicchours.org or (732) 933-9333.

The chorus of nearly 100-voices strong will be joined by professional soloists and orchestra for the performance.  Monmouth Civic Chorus’ annual holiday concert has become a Christmas tradition over the years and is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.  It won’t be Christmas without it!

Event Summary:

Event title: Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite

Event sponsor: Monmouth Civic Chorus

Date and time: Sunday, December 16, 2018, 4 p.m.

Location: Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Tickets: Premium - $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $15 student;

Regular - $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $10 student



About Monmouth Civic Chorus: The 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.

About Ryan James Brandau: 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.