Colts Neck parish to host choral concert featuring Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

August 8, 2023 at 3:50 p.m.


The Summer Sounds Concert Series will return after a long pandemic hiatus Aug. 10 to St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, to revel its audience with a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other choral works.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 1 Phalanx Road. The program will include modern choral works by Benjamin Britten and Morten Lauridsen, as well as a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” to which the audience will be invited to sing along. Choral singers from across Monmouth County will be conducted by Dr. Carly York, St. Mary’s principal cantor, and Andrew Macirowski, St. Mary’s coordinator of worship and music. The Gloria will be accompanied by a small professional orchestra and vocal soloists. All are welcome; admission is free, and donations will be accepted to help support the music program.

“Sadly, local Monmouth County choirs were hit hard by the pandemic, and many choirs have not returned to their previous participation levels, and some have disbanded altogether,” said York. “The Summer Sounds Concert is an opportunity for St. Mary Parish to host people from across the community to return to the joy of singing with this fun, social and creative music program.”

Singers from a variety of churches, as well as the Monmouth Civic Chorus and Arcadian Chorale, have been rehearsing the full Gloria masterwork, which features 12 movements with two soloists, strings, oboe and trumpet.


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The Summer Sounds Concert Series will return after a long pandemic hiatus Aug. 10 to St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, to revel its audience with a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other choral works.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 1 Phalanx Road. The program will include modern choral works by Benjamin Britten and Morten Lauridsen, as well as a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” to which the audience will be invited to sing along. Choral singers from across Monmouth County will be conducted by Dr. Carly York, St. Mary’s principal cantor, and Andrew Macirowski, St. Mary’s coordinator of worship and music. The Gloria will be accompanied by a small professional orchestra and vocal soloists. All are welcome; admission is free, and donations will be accepted to help support the music program.

“Sadly, local Monmouth County choirs were hit hard by the pandemic, and many choirs have not returned to their previous participation levels, and some have disbanded altogether,” said York. “The Summer Sounds Concert is an opportunity for St. Mary Parish to host people from across the community to return to the joy of singing with this fun, social and creative music program.”

Singers from a variety of churches, as well as the Monmouth Civic Chorus and Arcadian Chorale, have been rehearsing the full Gloria masterwork, which features 12 movements with two soloists, strings, oboe and trumpet.

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