Creative Programming & Artistic Collaborations on Tap for Award-Winning Chorus

Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. Ryan James Brandau leads the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus in its creative and artistically excellent 2017-2018 season, featuring traditional holiday favorites in December, poetry set to music in March and a celebration of musical genius in April. Subscribers are guaranteed the best seats and best prices for all three concerts, with a savings of over 25% off the single ticket price.

The sounds of the season will deck the halls of the historic Count Basie Theatre (99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank) when the chorus presents Joy to the World on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00pm.  Audiences will once again be treated to Dr. Brandau’s stunning and moving arrangements of traditional holiday songs, including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Auld Lang Syne, Deck the Hall, Silent Night and more, in Brandau’s much beloved Christmas Suite.  Interspersed throughout the Suite, which will include arrangements not performed before, will be selections from Handel’s Messiah.  Individual tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student; and for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.  It won’t be Christmas without it!

For the remainder of the season, MCC will turn its attention to modern American choral music.  On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:30pm, the chorus presents The Poetry of Song. This innovative program will explore the intersection of music and poetry through the works of several American composers, including Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corgliano and NJ-based living composer Colin Britt.  Masters of poetry Dylan Thomas, Maria Reiner Rilke, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others will be brought to life with inspired and heartfelt musical settings.  The concert will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch).  Tickets are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.

To close the season, MCC joins forces with the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and Cabaret for Life to celebrate legendary composer and conductor and musical genius Leonard Bernstein with Bernstein at 100!  Alongside a full orchestra, MCC will perform selections from Bernstein’s most beloved works, including Chichester Psalms, West Side Story, and Candide. Performances will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00pm and on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00pm at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (100 Grant Avenue, Deal).  Patrons should subscribe to the chorus’ season to reserve the best seats. 

Fans of both MCC and New York’s Carnegie Hall will be able to experience a special treat this season.  On Saturday, November 17, 2017, at 7:00pm the chorus will join The Canterbury Choral Society, an orchestra of over 90 players, and a large youth chorus made up from children’s choirs from across the city to perform Gustav Mahler’s famed Symphony Number 8 in E-flat Major.  One of the largest-scale choral works in the classical choral repertoire, this “Symphony of a Thousand” has become Mahler’s most beloved composition.  Tickets for this non-subscription concert can be purchased by visiting The Canterbury Choral Society’s website,

Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he works with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician, whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

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.

Subscriptions are $80 for the three concert series, over 25% savings on full-price tickets. Student subscriptions are $20. Subscribers receive premium seats for the holiday concert, which have sold out year after year. Subscriptions, tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.

Monmouth Civic Chorus 2017-2018 Season Summary

Subscription Series

Event title: Joy to the World

Event sponsor: Monmouth Civic Chorus

Date and time: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

Location: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ

Tickets: Premium seating: $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student

            Regular seating: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student



Event title: The Poetry of Song

Event sponsor: Monmouth Civic Chorus

Date and time: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:30pm

Location: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

Tickets: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group (10 or more), $5 student



Event title: Bernstein at 100!

Event sponsor: Monmouth Civic Chorus

Date and time: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00pm; Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00pm

Location: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal, NJ

Tickets available as part of MCC Subscription Series or through the Axelrod PAC

Subscriptions: $80 adult, $20 student

Tickets, subscriptions and information: 732-933-9333 or

Mailing address: Monmouth Civic Chorus, PO Box 16, Red Bank NJ 07701


Non-subscription Performance

Event title: Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 in E-flat Major

Event sponsor: The Canterbury Choral Society

Date and time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

For tickets, visit The Canterbury Choral Society website,

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