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Nov 25, 2019

Beloved Holiday Concert Returns to Red Bank

Count Basie Center Arts Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre

The sounds of the season will spring to life as the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus presents Messiah & More on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. The highly acclaimed annual performance of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite is Monmouth County’s can’t-miss musical event of the holiday season.

This year’s program will feature expanded selections from Handel’s Messiah, masterfully intertwined with the stirring original settings of holiday classics that audiences have come to cherish.

“The holiday concert is a treasured tradition for the chorus, and each year the spirit of the season seems to ring through the Count Basie more palpably than the last,” said Dr. Brandau. “This year we especially look forward to sharing a few more of our favorites from Messiah.”

Familiar tunes such as Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne, Deck the Hall, and other well-known carols will help concert-goers ring in the season with warmth and good cheer.

The performance will take place at the historic Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth St. in Red Bank. Tickets for premium seating are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors, $35 for groups of 10 or more, and $15 for students; and for regular seating are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $25 fro groups of 10 or more, and  $10 for students. Tickets and information are available at or 732-933-9333.

The chorus of nearly 100 voices will be joined by celebrated guest soloist mezzo-soprano Devony Smith and professional orchestra, as well as the wonderful Coriste ensemble from the New Jersey Youth Chorus, under the direction of Patricia Joyce. Monmouth Civic Chorus’ annual holiday concert is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

The Monmouth Civic 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.