Monday, February 16, 2015



Vibrant contemporary music in Hebrew and Latin

WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank
TICKETS: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student. Tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.

Vibrant modern music in Hebrew and Latin will be heard when the Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy Chichester Psalms, Zoltan Kodaly’s impassioned Missa Brevis and Eric Whitacre’s tender Five Hebrew Love Songs.

Entitled A Joyful Noise, the concert focuses on contemporary classical music. Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms is based on Psalm texts, with the angelic voice of a boy soprano and the colorful sounds of harp and percussion. Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs are settings of poems by his wife, a singer who was born and raised in Jerusalem. Kodaly wrote his Missa Brevis while he was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Hungary.

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.

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. Now in his third season with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, Dr. Brandau is also Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and works with the famed Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.