monmouth civic chorusLONG BRANCH, NJ - The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus will perform meditations on Lent from the 17th to the 20th centuries at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, in a concert titled Passions on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The music includes Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti, O Vos Omnes by Pablo Casals and Hear My Prayer, O Lord by Henry Purcell.

The Chorus will be accompanied by a string quartet, organ and five professional vocal soloists. Listeners are invited to sponsor the performer of their choice with a donation. Tickets are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student. Tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.

Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau has once again chosen the superb acoustics of Our Lady Star of the Sea after the Chorus’s Vespers Fusion concert there in May 2015 received a standing ovation. Audience members at that concert commented, “The concert was wonderful! So glad I was here to enjoy it! Bravo, MCC!” (Ruthann E) and “Outstanding concert ! What a wonderful time!” (Mary Anne D).

The Monmouth Civic Chorus is pleased to announce its nomination for Favorite Choral Group in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Now in its eighth year, the yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts pays tribute to the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Public voting runs through February 11, 2016. To vote, please visit

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.