New Jersey Stage logo
New Jersey Stage Menu


PHOTOS from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus


By John Posada

originally published: 12/19/2022

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus 

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Monmouth Civic Chorus presented Joy to the World: Your Favorites from Handel’s Messiah and the RJB Holiday Suite on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at The Count Basie Center for the Arts. The highly acclaimed annual performance of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau’s Suite is Monmouth County’s can’t-miss musical event of the holiday season. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

This year’s program featured selections from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor, masterfully intertwined with stirring original settings of holiday classics like Silent Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and Auld Lang Syne.

The chorus of more than 80 voices was joined by full professional orchestra composed of some of the country’s most in-demand musicians, and celebrated guest soloist soprano Claire Leyden.

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

Commended for her “magnetic stage presence” and “crystalline soprano,” Claire Leyden is a singer and actress with an extensive background in musical theater, concert, and operatic repertoire. Claire feels equally at home in a variety of genres, and the diversity of her recent performances speaks to her love of, and versatility in, the “crossover” repertoire. A native of the beautiful Hudson Valley, Claire loves to explore the outdoors and is committed to climate causes and making the world a little better than she found it! When not on stage, she loves to spend time with her partner Greg, hiking and quizzing one another on the Latin names of plants. 

Monmouth Civic Chorus 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 has also served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has worked 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.



 
Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info



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.

Here are more photos from the production.

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

PHOTOS  from "Joy to the World" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

Monmouth Civic Chorus makes the music that moves you. The Chorus has been called “near-flawless” (Asbury Park Press), “alive and evocative” (The Star-Ledger) and “superior” (Red Bank Green). MCC is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and a third-place winner of the 2018-19 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.

John Posada is a New Jersey based photographer specializing in live theatre and music performances. For more than 10 years, John has photographed live music events where he mastered the techniques of timing and capturing fast moving action under challenging lighting conditions to capture that perfect moment that tells a story in a single image. Currently, John has photographed over 110 productions for over 70 different theatres and venues. Click here for John's website.


FEATURED EVENTS

ART | COMEDY | DANCE | MUSIC | THEATRE | COMMUNITY


An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.

Sunday, May 26, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

Click here for full description


Don Was and the Pan Detroit Ensemble

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 @ 7:30pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

Click here for full description


Voice and the Violin

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: music

Click here for full description


Click here for more events

Listings are available for $10 and included with our banner ad packages.

Click here for more info.







 
Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info




 

LATEST NEWS


Inspiring documentary Along the Rail premieres at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival!

Art can portray many things and occupy many mediums. Some artists utilize subjects such as cities, animals, and people. For Craig Wallace Dale, this choice of subject has ranged over the years and currently rests with railroad track graffiti. Jonathan Harkel’s Along the Rail displays and honors this longer-than-three-decade journey.


Blues Wine & BBQ to Take Place in Gloucester County




New Jersey Symphony's 2023–24 Season Finale features Daniil Trifonov Playing Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F




19th Annual Sourland Mountain Festival preview


Click here for more event previews







New Jersey Stage

© 2024 by Wine Time Media, LLC
PO Box 811, Belmar, NJ 07719
info@newjerseystage.com

Nobody covers the Arts
throughout the Garden State
like New Jersey Stage!


Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on our RSS feed


Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows | Privacy Policy