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RED BANK, NJ - The sounds of the season will fill the air when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. Following last year’s rousing premiere of a Christmas Suite by MCC’s Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of the Suite featuring newly added carols.

Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall, all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau.  Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved Messiah and Bach’s magnificent Christmas Oratorio.

Tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student. Tickets for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student. Tickets and information are available at www.monmouthcivicchorus.org or (732) 933-9333.

Dr. 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.