10 Mar 2012
99 Monmouth St, Red Bank NJ 07701
Count Basie Theatre
Monmouth Civic Chorus
Dr. Mark Shapiro, Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. Mark Shapiro will conclude his 21-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus with Verdi’s powerful Requiem. This potent classic is a spiritual and emotional thrill ride for chorus, orchestra and soloists. Reviewing the group’s sold-out 1996 performance of this masterpiece, the Asbury Park Press commented, "The work of this fine chorus and Shapiro’s magnificent conception brought the heavenly beauty of Verdi’s music to life." (732) 933-9333 or http://www.monmouthcivicchorus.org for tickets and information.
The Chorus congratulates Dr. Mark Shapiro on his appointment as Music Director of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York City. Under Dr. Shapiro’s baton, the Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "close to perfect" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "exceptional" (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.
Soprano Jennifer Rowley is one of the top prize winners of the 2011 Opera Index Vocal Competition, a winner of the 2011 William Mattheus Sullivan Musical Foundation awards, a first prize winner of the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, a grant winner of the 2011 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and an Honorable Mention recipient from the 2011 George London Foundation competition. She was the winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Michigan District.
Mezzo-soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo’s 2011-2012 season began with the title role in Carmen with North Carolina Opera, and continues with Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Mark Shapiro. Future performances include returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala and Berlin Staatsoper. Other recent performances to her credit include Amneris in Aida with Portland Opera, and appearances with the Metropolitan Opera for Flora in La Traviata as well as numerous other productions, including Die Ägyptische Helena, Luisa Miller, Manon, and Parsifal.
Tenor Noah Baetge was a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition, and joined the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera performing in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Bizet’s Carmen. Mr. Baetge has performed as a soloist with Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Skagit Opera, Spokane Opera, Seattle Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Concert Opera of Seattle, and Seattle Philharmonic. He began study in The Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program and will graduate in 2012, made his Met debut in Ariadne auf Naxos as the Offizier in 2011, and will be singing Lenski in Eugene Onegin with Vashon Opera in 2012.
Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, from Suffolk, Virginia, is in his first year of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He is a National Winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and of a 2011 Sara Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Mr. Speedo Green made his Met debut this summer performing as part of the Met’s 2011 Summer Recital Series. Upcoming engagements include The Commendatore in the Juilliard production of Don Giovanni; Colline in La Bohème with Central City Opera; Jake in Porgy and Bess with Berlin Philharmonic; bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Hartford Chorale; and the Mozart Coronation Mass with Virginia Symphony.