In this issue:
MCC Announces New Season
MCC to Hold Auditions
MCC Wins Largest County Grant
Help Us Make Music All Season Long
Help MCC with IGive.com
Monmouth Christmas Carolers for Hire
What's on your mind?
Welcome to the "November 2013" issue of ECHOES, targeted to fans and audience of the Monmouth Civic Chorus. Look for an issue of ECHOES in your e-mail before each of our upcoming concerts.
Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Brandau will lead his second season with the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus, featuring Handel’s beloved Messiah and American Songbook at Red Bank’s historic Count Basie Theatre. Subscribers are guaranteed premium seating for all concerts.
This year’s traditional holiday performance of Messiah and More is on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. The Christmas portion of Handel’s beloved oratorio will be featured, along with Finzi’s In Terra Pax and seasonal favorites. For many music lovers, it won't be Christmas without it. Single tickets are $45 for premium seating ($40 seniors, $35 groups, $10 students), and $25 regular seating ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students).
¬†The Chorus returns to the Count Basie Theatre with American Songbook on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm. This concert samples America’s home-grown music, from back porches to Broadway. Single tickets are $30 for premium seating ($27 seniors, $25 groups, $10 students), and $25 regular seating ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students).
The season closes with Eternal Light at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm. This concert pairs the mystical Vespers by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff with the shimmering Lux Aeterna by American composer Morten Lauridsen. Single tickets are $25 ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students).
Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music, an MPhil in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), and a BA in Music from Princeton University. He returned to the New York/New Jersey area from California, where he was the Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale, and the Director of Choral Activities and faculty member at Santa Clara University. Dr. Brandau is the Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and works with the Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "close to perfect" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "exceptional" (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.
Subscriptions for the Monmouth Civic Chorus 2013-2014 season are $75 for the December, March and May concerts. Subscribers get premium seating and a 25% savings on single ticket prices. Student subscriptions are only $25. Subscriptions, tickets and information are available at www.monmouthcivicchorus.org or (732) 933-9333.
Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings. Although singers can audition to join MCC at any time, new singers would begin rehearsing with MCC in January for the American Songbook concert.
Interested singers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal. Auditions and rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. For an audition appointment or more information, visit www.monmouthcivicchorus.org and click Sing with Us, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 732-933-9333
The Monmouth County Arts Council announced the Local Arts Program Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2014, and once again the Monmouth Civic Chorus came out on top. We received $10,000 in General Operating Support, by far the largest award of any of the 28 grant recipients. Patti D’Andrea, MCC Financial Operations Chair, commented, “So nice to see MCAC's continued support of MCC in its financial endorsement of our musical program, musical quality, organizational strength, board leadership, financial strength, and benefit to the community through our programs, member benefits and scholarships.” President James Scavone couldn’t resist adding, “Go MCC!”
Like all performing arts groups, our ticket sales and subscriptions fall far short of our expenses. We invite our friends to contribute to our annual “Patron Campaign.” Donors are listed in all concert programs based on the donation level: Angels $1000+, Donors $500-$999, Sponsors $300-$499, Patrons $200-$299, and Friends $1-$199. Contributors of $200 or more can receive up to two optional subscriptions with their donation (the value of the subscriptions is not tax deductible, due to IRS rules). Donate securely at our web site: www.monmouthcivicchorus.org
MCC is now a "cause" on IGive.com. We are trying this as a new way to help our friends help us. If you join IGive, you can designate a portion of your online purchases at participating stores to go to MCC. The store pays, not you. Here's how:
Every time you shop at any of the 1,000+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits Monmouth Civic Chorus. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account at: www.iGive.com/MonmouthCivicChorus
The Monmouth Christmas Carolers will brighten holiday gatherings with beautifully sung carols and seasonal favorites. Groups of singers are available to add merriment to festivities at home, office or community settings. Appearances have included Pier Village in Long Branch, Sickles Market in Little Silver, Dearborn Market in Holmdel, and Holiday Harmonies in Red Bank. For bookings and rates, e-mail email@example.com or call (732) 933-9333.
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