Red Bank, N.J. — The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra will present a classical music concert conducted by Roy D. Gussman on Sunday, October 30, at 3:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. Trombonist Tom Avakian will interview composer Eric Ewazen and flutist Jenny Cline in the theatre at 2:15 pm.

This concert includes the powerful Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, written in 1830 and a very original example of early romantic music. Berlioz drew on the dramatic operatic world of sound to depict the daydreams and passions of an artist consumed by unrequited love, including scenes of a ball, the countryside, a march to the scaffold, and a frightening witches’ Sabbath (that’s the Halloween tricks part).  The MSO will also introduce the Monmouth Winds quintet performing Juilliard professor and composer Eric Ewazen’s Cascadian Concerto.  This music evokes the sundrenched, windswept, snowcapped, and glistening majesty of the Cascade Mountain Range of the Pacific Northwest.

Monmouth Winds

The Monmouth Winds have been playing the woodwind quintet literature they love since they got together in 2009, performing at weddings, senior living centers, arts festivals, and churches.  Audiences have praised them for their intriguing repertoire, which they perform with great vitality and insight, and their sensitive and accomplished playing, which is developing a growing New Jersey following.  From jazz to classical, this quintet woos their audiences with their considerable musicality and charm. 

The Monmouth Winds is composed of five members of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and come from diverse backgrounds. Jenny Cline is a flutist and teacher in central New Jersey. She also plays in the Summit and Plainfield Symphonies and is a member of FLUTATIOUS!, a professional flute ensemble. Nicholas Gatto is Director of Music and Organist at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, East Brunswick, and is in great demand as a freelance oboist. Cathy Adamo, clarinetist, is a librarian at East Brunswick Public Library, and also plays in several other area ensembles including the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble. Bassoonist Kitty Flakker is an engineer who freelances with several local orchestras besides the MSO.  She and her husband also own and fly a WW II-era biplane for recreation.  Horn player Richard Sachs, a retired engineer, is currently principal horn in the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble and the Greater Shore Concert Band, and has been a guest soloist with pianist Helen Benham at the Brookdale Community College Faculty concerts.


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Ticket prices are adults $35, seniors $30, students $5. For ticketing, please call the Count Basie Theatre box office at 732-842-9000. To learn more about the MSO, please visit their website at

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