RED BANK, NJ - Soprano Jennifer Gliere and organist Eric Plutz will join the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus in Heavenly Harmony on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road (Tower Hill), Red Bank, New Jersey. The concert features visionary and triumphant English music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Georg Frideric Handel, Benjamin Britten and Robert Pearsall, led by Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau. Tickets are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student. Tickets and information are available at (732) 933-9333 or monmouthcivicchorus.org.
Jennifer Gliere, from Cincinnati, Ohio, holds graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Described as “a sensitive artist who knows how to turn a phrase while giving urgent meaning to the text,” she has appeared in recital and oratorio in Russia, Italy, Germany, and throughout the US. She has given two recital tours in Mexico, performing in live festivals and events around the country, giving master classes and appearing in television and radio studios. Recent highlights have included a recital tour to Russia and repertoire as diverse as a program of Barbara Strozzi chamber music and cantatas, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Poulenc’s Gloria. Other credits include Luigi Dallapiccola’s Canti di Prigionia, Bach’s Magnificat and B Minor Mass, Verdi’s Requiem, and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, with a chorus prepared by Dr. Brandau, honoring the Pope’s visit to New York. Equally at home on the concert and operatic stages, Gliere has garnered rave reviews for her portrayals of Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Magda in Puccini’s La rondine, and the title role in the world premiere of Ophelia. She sang Venere in Rossi’s Orfeo at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival.
Eric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts. He also coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University, and maintains a private studio of organ students. In addition, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Princeton Pro Musica, directed by Dr. Brandau. As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz has performed across the United States and abroad. More information is available at www.ericplutz.com. Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
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.