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The Monmouth Civic Chorus
Dr. Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director
Close to Perfect, Close to Home


The Monmouth Civic Chorus

is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for presenting fresh, technically polished interpretations of the great choral music, as well as lesser-known choral treasures and new works by living composers.

Programs from Past Seasons

Listing most recent first

Eternal Light
Vespers -
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lux Aeterna - Morten Lauridsen

Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road
Red Bank, New Jersey

With Adam Peithmann, Organ
Kate Maroney, Mezzo-soprano
Steven Caldicott Wilson, Tenor

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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American Songbook
a program of America's home-grown music

March 9, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
Holland Jancaitis, accompanist

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Justine Aronson, Soprano,
Dr. Amanda Quist, Mezzo-Soprano,
Kyle Van Schoonhoven, Tenor
and Jesse Blumberg, Baritone

Sunday, December 8, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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Duruflé Requiem
O'Reagan Triptych

May 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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I Have a Dream
honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's iconic speech
and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Saturday, March 16, 2013,8:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

details, guest artists, etc.

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Jo Ellen Miller, Soprano,
Kate Maroney, Mezzo-Soprano, Steven Caldicott Wilson, Tenor
and John Maynard, Baritone

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

Artistic Director and Conductor Ryan Brandau

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Brahms

May 20, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

details, guest artists, etc.

Guest Conductor Jason Wirth

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Verdi Requiem

March 10, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

With Jennifer Rowley, soprano, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, mezzo-soprano,
Noah Baetge, tenor, Ryan Speedo Green, bass

Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Shapiro

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Rebecca Nathanson, Soprano,
Carla Jablonski, Mezzo-Soprano, William Ferguson, Tenor
and Aleksey Bogdanov, Baritone

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Shapiro

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J. S. Bach Mass in B Minor

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

with Guest Artists
Katharine Dain, Soprano
Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Pena, tenor
Sidney Outlaw, baritone

Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Shapiro

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Elisa Singer, Soprano,
Silvie Jensen, Mezzo-Soprano, David Kellett, Tenor
and Andrew Cummings, Baritone

Sunday, December 19, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

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Bach, the Man and his Music

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

A program of Bach's instrumental and vocal works
in a theatrical evening of music and spoken word,
inspired by his life and times.

Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Shapiro

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American Folk

Sunday, May 2, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown

A semi-staged concert of choral arrangements of folk tunes
blended with members' memories of music from
important moments in their lives.

Metropolitan Opera stage director Eric Einhorn
Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Shapiro

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Sing the Body Electric

With Guest Artists Sidney Outlaw, Baritone
and Jo Ellen Miller, Soprano

Saturday, March 13, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank NJ 07701
Paul Hindemith: Apparebit Repentina Dies
Frank Martin: Ode à la Musique (Ode to Music)
Trond Kverno: Missa in Sono Tubae
Vince Peterson: Sing the Body Electric

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Lauren Snouffer, Soprano,
Eve Gigliotti, Mezzo-soprano, Michael Kelly, Tenor,
and Nathan Wentworth, Baritone

Sunday, December 20, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

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Ragtime

The Monmouth Civic Chorus and Cabaret for Life

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Jewish Community Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal, NJ 07723

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Three Choral Diamonds

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

Guillaume Connesson – Sphaera: U.S. premiere

Felix Mendelssohn – Tu Es Petrus,
choruses from Elijah, and
Felix Mendelssohn from Sechs Sprüche (Six Anthems)

Karol Szymanowski Stabat Mater

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Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration

Sunday, February 8, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
Selections from operas Lincoln loved, spirituals and ballads of the time,
a choral setting of Walt Whitman poems and
the stirring Battle Hymn of the Republic.

With guest artist Lorraine Stone as Sojourner Truth,
the slave-born abolitionist that Lincoln met and admired.

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Handel’s Messiah

With Guest Artists Sofia Dimitrova, Soprano
Renée Lenore Tatum, Mezzo-soprano
Alex Guerrero, Tenor, Gideon Dabi, Baritone

Sunday, December 21, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701

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Golden Gate

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Middletown Arts Center, Middletown NJ

The world premiere of a new musical
Golden Gate tells the story of a depression-era family
traveling to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge on a
journey of discovery and reawakened hope.

Composer: Richard Pearson Thomas
Book by Joe Calarco
Stage Director: Eric Einhorn

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Mozart / Vaughan Williams

Saturday, March 29, 2007
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank

Mozart Mass in C Minor

with Guest Artists
Sungji Kim, Soprano
Christine Reber, Soprano
Daniel Molkentin, Tenor
Nathan Baer, Bass

Vaughan Williams
Toward the Unknown Region and
Serenade to Music

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LisztFest

Saturday, November 17, 2007
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

A program featuring choral works by Franz Liszt
Psalm 13
Missa Choralis
Worker's Chorus

Plus virtuoso solo works for piano and organ
with guest artists
Karin Gargone, organ
Charles Harris, organ
Vladislav Kovalsky, piano

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Sounds Like Shakespeare, Act II

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Two River Theatre, Red Bank

Shakespeare Songs, Book II - Matthew Harris
Three Shakespeare Songs - Gyorgy Orbán
Try a Little Shakespeare - Frumi Cohen
The Wind and the Rain - Leo Schwartz
When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue - William Cowdery
Fancies II - Sven-Eric Johanson
Shall I Compare Thee (Sonnet 18) - Nils Lindberg
Songs and Sonnets - George Shearing
West Side Story (selections) - Leonard Bernstein

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Let Freedom Sing

Sunday, March 18, 2007
Count Basie Theatre

The Testament of Freedom - Randall Thompson
Stronger than Darkness - Jorge Martin (World Premiere) *
Symphony #9 Finale - "An Die Freiheit" - Ludwig von Beethoven

* For this performance, MCC was awarded the prestigious
Alice Parker ASCAP / Chorus America Award
"for programming significant recently composed music that expands
the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus's audience in a new way."

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Sunday, December 17, 2006, 4 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Handel: Messiah
and
Christmas Pops Concert

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Four Trumpets and a Chorus

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Quartet for Trumpets - Aras Voskanyan
with trumpets Jason Covey, Micah Killion, Kyle Lane and Brad Siroky

Requiem - Gabriel Fauré
Soprano Jo Ellen Miller and Baritone Christopher Temporelli

Cantata #51 "Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen"
Soprano Jo Ellen Miller, Trumpet Jason Covey

Messe de Domrémy - Henri Busser

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Sounds Like Shakespeare

Saturday, June 10, 2006
Two River Theatre, Red Bank

Scene from Hamlet - Ambroise Thomas
La Mort d'Ophélie - Hector Berlioz
Three Shakespeare Songs - Gyorgy Orbán
Harpsonnets - James Bassi; Anna Reinersman, Harp
selections from Kiss Me Kate (The Taming of the Shrew)
Two Choruses from Macbeth - Verdi
Shakespeare Songs, Book 1 - Matthew Harris
And Now a Word from Our Shakespeare - Joseph Pisano

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4 Pianos and a Wedding

Saturday, April 1, 2006
Count Basie Theatre

Belshazzar's Feast - William Walton

Les Noces - Igor Stravinsky

Accompanied by four Steinway Pianos, featuring pianists
Raphael Fusco, Chiu-tze Lin, Vladislav Kovalsky and Richard pearson Thomas

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Sunday, December 18, 2005, 4 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Handel: Messiah
and
Christmas Pops Concert

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Continental Spirit

Sacred classics by Brahms, Bruckner,
Monteverdi, Palestrina, Rachmaninoff, and more

Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Featuring Organist Karin Gargone

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Rule Britannia! Glorious English music

Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Sir Arthur Bliss: The Shield of Faith

Henry Purcell: O Sing Unto the Lord

Handel's Concerto for Organ No. 13
celebrating organist Karin Gargone's 20 years with MCC

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Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 3 p.m.
Count Basie Theater

Anton Bruckner, Mass in F Minor
and
Johannes Brahms, Alto Rhapsody

Featuring Barbara Dever, Mezzo-Soprano
Special Guest Star from the Metropolitan Opera

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Sunday, December 19, 2004, 4 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Handel: Messiah
and
Christmas Pops Concert

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Sparkling sonorities from Czech musical traditions

Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Antonin Dvorak: Te Deum

Leos Janacek: Otcenas (Our Father)

Zdenek Lukas: Requiem

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Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Francis Poulenc: Stabat Mater
with organist Karin Gargone

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria

W.A. Mozart: Choruses from Thamos, King of Egypt

Samuel Barber: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map

Gustav Holst: Rig Veda
with Anna Reinersman, Harp

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Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 8 p.m.
Count Basie Theater

Verdi, Requiem

Featuring:

Daena Mireau, Soprano
Marion Capriotti, Mezzo-soprano
Dinyar Vania, Tenor,
Ding Gao, Bass-baritone

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Sunday, December 21, 2003, 4 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Handel: Messiah
and
Christmas Pops Concert

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Saturday, November 22, 2003, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Filius Prodigus (The Prodigal Son)
by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
featuring Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor

Grace Notes
Selections from our
Newest Recording

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Saturday, June 14, 2003, 8 p.m.
Red Bank Regional High School

Francis Poulenc, Sécheresses ("Droughts")

Mark Adamo, No. 10, Supreme Virtue
mystical verses from the Tao Te Ching

Tea for Two: Refreshing treats from big-band hits, including
Ain't Misbehavin, I Got Rhythm, Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
and Begin the Beguine

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Saturday, March 22, 2003, 8 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Beethoven Choral Fantasy
with Pianist Brian Zeger

Beethoven: Mass in C
Donita Volkwijn, soprano
Janara Kellerman, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
Richard Hobson, baritone

Glorious Scenes from Russian Opera:
Mussorgsky: Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Tchaikovsky: Waltz Scene from Eugene Onegin
Borodin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor

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Sunday, December 22, 2002, 4 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre

Handel: Messiah
and
Christmas Pops Concert

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Saturday, November 23, 2002, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank

Celebrate Thanksgiving with MCC:

Samuel Felsted, Jonah

Ross Lee Finney, Pilgrim Psalms

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Saturday, June 1, 2002, 8 p.m.
Holmdel High School (Holmdel, NJ)

W. A. Mozart, Seranade for Strings
(A Little Night Music)

Paul Moravec Songs of Love and War
Kenneth Wasser, baritone

Kirke Mechem Las Americas Unidas

G.F. Handel Dixit Dominus

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Sunday, March 17, 2002, 3 p.m.
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

W. A. Mozart, Requiem
Victoria Atwater, soprano
Charlotte Paulsen, mezzo-soprano
Brian Register, tenor
Richard Hobson, baritone

Gerald Finzi, Intimations of Immortality
Brian Register, tenor

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Saturday, December 15, 2001
First Baptist Church (Freehold, NJ)
Sunday, December 16, 2001
Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove, NJ)

An MCC Christmas
Holiday favorites for the whole family

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Thursday, November 29, Saturday, December 1, Sunday December 2, 2001
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, Newark, NJ

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with
The Monmouth Civic Chorus

Christmas Pops
A festive concert of holiday favorites
Mark Laycock, NJSO Associate Conductor

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Friday, November 16, 2001
First Presbyterian Church (Freehold, NJ)
Saturday, November 17, 2001
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)

Roger Sessions, Mass
Ernst Bloch, Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh)
Joseph Kaiser, baritone
Barbara Thomson, organ
Kenneth Wasser, speaker

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Sunday, September 23, 2001
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)

Benefit for World Trade Center Relief Efforts

Open Sing of
Brahms, A German Requiem
Donita Volkwijn, soprano
David Arnold, baritone
Karin Gargone, Organ

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Sunday, July 1, 2001
St. Thomas Church (5th Ave & 53rd St, NY)

Choral Eucharist Service
selections from
Charles Gounod, Saint Cecilia Mass

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Thursday, June 28, 2001
Ocean Grove Great Auditorium

Light of Morning
Great Choral Works at the Great Auditorium

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Saturday, June 2, 2001
Holmdel High School (Holmdel, NJ)
Sunday, June 3, 2001
Red Bank Regional HS (Red Bank, NJ)

Paul Siskind, Fill My Dreams, Stir My Soul
World Premiere
Text by Alicia de los Reyes, Maisa Chiang, Lindsay DiStasio,
Julie Nociolo, Elizabeth Marx, and Nicole Tommarazzo

Carl Orff, Carmina Burana
Irene Choras Tsakiris, soprano
Marshall Coid, countertenor
Matthew Walley, baritone
With the New Jersey Chamber Singers Childrens' Chorus,
Michael Hudson Director
Karin Gargone and Jeanne Golan, piano
Adrienne Ostrander, percussion

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Sunday, March 25, 2001
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

Felix Mendelssohn, Overture to The Hebrides, Opus 26
Sea Chanteys, Arranged by William C. Cutter

Ralph Vaughan Williams, A Sea Symphony
Michael Chioldi, baritone
Melanie Galloway, soprano

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Saturday, December 9, 2000
First Presbyterian Church (Freehold, NJ)
Sunday, December 10, 2000
St. Margaret's Church (Spring Lake, NJ)

An MCC Christmas
Holiday favorites for the whole family

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Saturday, November 18, 2000
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)
Sunday, November 19, 2000
First Presbyterian Church (Freehold, NJ)

MYSTERE

Franz Liszt, Inno a Maria Vergine
Albert Roussel, Psalm 80
Gabriel Faure, Cantique de Jean Racine
Charles Gounod, Saint Cecilia Mass
Mukund Marathe, tenor
Anna Reinersman, harp
Karin Gargone, organist, Principal Accompanist

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Thursday, June 29, 2000
Ocean Grove Great Auditorium

Favorite Choral Works

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Saturday, June 3, 2000
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)

CREATOR SPIRIT

George Frederic Handel, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
Samuel Barber, Agnus Dei
Gustav Mahler, Veni, Creator Spiritus from Symphony of a Thousand

With the Monmouth Conservatory of Music Childrens' Opera Chorus
and
Karin Gargone, organist

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Saturday, March 25, 2000
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

Felix Mendelssohn, Elijah
Charles Robert Stephens, baritone, as Elijah
Katherine Harris, soprano
Charlotte Paulsen, mezzo-soprano
James Archie Worley, tenor
Kristen Billyer, soprano, as the Youth

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Sunday, December 5, 1999
First Presbyterian Church (Freehold, NJ)
Sunday, December 5, 1999
St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Keyport, NJ)

An MCC Christmas
Holiday favorites for the whole family

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Saturday, November 20, 1999
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)
Sunday, November 21, 1999
First Presbyterian Church (Freehold, NJ)

Rachmaninoff, Vespers (All Night Vigil)

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Saturday, June 05, 1999
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)

Levine, Three Motets, The Little Red Hen
Brahms, Gesang der Parzen
Gilbert and Sullivan, Selections from Pirates of Penzance

Trent Johnson, organist

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Saturday, April 17, 1999
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

Tom Cipullo, Voices of the Young (World Premiere)
Rossini, Stabat Mater
Holst, Bacchanale
Catherine Croall, soprano
Brian Anderson, tenor
Jody Kidwell, mezzo-soprano
Ding Gao, bass-baritone
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Saturday, December 12, 1998
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)
Monday, December 14, 1999
The Strand Historic Theater (Lakewood, NJ)

Handel, Messiah
Donita Volkwijn, soprano
Charles Reid, tenor
Charlotte Paulsen, mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Budka, bass

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Saturday, June 06, 1998
Pollak Auditorium (West Long Branch, NJ)

Enrique Granados, Goyescas
Georges Bizet, Selections from "Carmen"

April-Joy Gutierrez, soprano
Timothy Sarris, baritone

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Saturday, March 28, 1998
The Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

Ulysses Kay, Song of Jeremiah
Johannes Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem

Donita Volkwijn, soprano
Lester Lynch, baritone

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Saturday, December 06, 1997
First Presbyterian Church (Red Bank, NJ)
Sunday, December 07, 1997
St. Joseph Catholic Church (Keyport, NJ)

John La Montaine, The Nine Lessons of Christmas
Stephen Paulus, Jesu Carols
Conrad Susa, Carols and Lullabies
Ulysses Kay, A Wreath for Waits

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Saturday, June 8, 1996 at Tower Hill Church in Red Bank, NJ

Billings, I Am the Rose of Sharon
Albright, David's Songs
Milhaud, Les Deux Cités
Oldham, The Boulding Chorales
Harris, Shakespeare Songs
Adames, Pasaje (Venezuelan Rhythm)
David, arr. Knight, You Are the New Day
Hammond & Hazelwood, arr. Knight, I'm a Train
arr. Smith, Ride the Chariot
arr. Dawson, Every Time I Feel the Spirit
arr. Dawson, Ain'-a That Good News
Gershwin/Heyward, arr. Lojeski, Porgy and Bess (medley)
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Saturday, March 16, 1996 at Count Basie Theater

Verdi, Requiem

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Saturday, December 9, 1996 at Tower Hill Church in Red Bank, NJ

Poulenc, Gloria
Walton, Belshazzar's Feast

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Sunday, June 18, 1995 at St. Thomas Church Father's Day Service in New York, NY

Gabrieli, Mass
Thompson, Peaceable Kingdom Selections
Peeters, Jubilate Deo

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Saturday, June 3, 1995 at Tower Hill Church in Red Bank, NJ

Thompson, Peaceable Kingdom
Brahms, Nänie
Rossini, La Passegiata
Bartok, Four Slovak Folk Songs
Barnett, Cindy

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May 6,7, 1995 at Count Basie Theatre

Mozart, The Magic Flute

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Saturday, March 11, 1995 at Tower Hill Church

Schubert, Mass in A-flat
Barber, Prayers of Kierkegaard

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Saturday, December 3, 1994 at Count Basie Theater

Handel, Judas Maccabeus

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Saturday, June 4, 1994 at Holmdel High School

Orff, Carmina Burana
Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms

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April 22-24, 1994 at Count Basie Theatre

Frank Loesser, The Most Happy Fella

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Sunday, March 20, 1994 at Count Basie Theater

Vaughan-Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem (with Monmouth Symphony)

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Saturday, January 22, 1994 at Count Basie Theater

Beethoven, Missa Solemnis

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Friday, December 31, 1993 at Sacred Heart Cathedral (Newark)

Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass (with Bach Festival Orchestra)

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Saturday, June 5, 1993 at Tower Hill Church

Persichetti, Mass
Corigliano, Fern Hill
various American Folk Songs and Spirituals

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April 23-25, 1993 at Count Basie Theatre

Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, Fiddler on the Roof

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Saturday, January 23, 1993 at Count Basie Theater

Smyth, Mass in D
Brahms, Fest und Gedenksprüche

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Saturday, December 5, 1992 at Count Basie Theater

Handel, Messiah