Shrewsbury Chorale welcomes conductor

Do you like to sing? The Shrewsbury Chorale invites all interested local singers to participate in open rehearsals on January 5 and 12 from 7:45-10 p.m. The group practices weekly on Tuesday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 W. Front S., Lincroft. Scores will be provided and there is no charge.

The Shrewsbury Chorale is a mixed chorus serving audiences in Monmouth County. They perform three yearly concerts that feature music ranging from classical to popular repertoire. This set of open rehearsals is special because they will be welcoming a guest conductor, Neil F. Brown, who will take the podium as they prepare for their March concert. Brown has extensive experience in choral conducting and accompanying in both church and educational settings. As a good friend of the Chorale, he served as accompanist during the 2010-11 season.

The Shrewsbury Chorale auditions singers from September through June and is accepting new members. Former Chorale members are also encouraged to revisit. To schedule an audition, call Joy More at 732-216-3907.

For more information, call: 732-747- 1362, email theshrewsburychorale@gmail.com, or visit www.shrewsburychorale.org.

Band to bring in 2016

Joe Hughes and his band Goldenseal will be at Rooney’s Oceanfront Crab House, 100 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, from 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Dec. 31.

The band who also played at Rooney’s last New Year’s and will be playing there throughout the spring and summer, include Joe Hughes, lead singer and rhythm guitar; Pat Martucci, drums; Jesse Kessler, bass; John Bongiovanni, lead guitar; Lee Sanderson, sax; and Dennis Eschbach, trombone.

Goldenseal will also be playing at the Cabin, 984 Route 33, Freehold, on Dec. 26.

To contact Joe Hughes or Goldenseal, call 732-778-6678, email goldenseal2001@comcast.net or visit http://www.goldensealtheband.com.

Music contest features anti-drug sentiment

New Jersey high school students who love music and who understand the dangers of substance abuse are invited to take part in the 2016 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs! music competition.

Create a positive message about staying away from drugs and alcohol. The statewide concert on May 25 will feature county finalists at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center, Douglass campus.

First place will receive a $5,000 music contract; second place a $3,000 contract; and third place a $2,000 contract. Entry deadline is Feb. 1.

The contest is sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association and Greater Media’s WCTC 1450AM.

For entry forms and contest rules, visit www.shoutdowndrugs.com.

Shrewsbury Chorale welcomes guest conductor

Do you like to sing? The Shrewsbury Chorale invites all interested local singers to participate in open rehearsals on January 5 and 12 from 7:45-10 p.m. The group practices weekly on Tuesday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 W. Front S., Lincroft. Scores will be provided and there is no charge.

The Shrewsbury Chorale is a mixed chorus serving audiences in Monmouth County. They perform three yearly concerts that feature music ranging from classical to popular repertoire. This set of open rehearsals is special because they will be welcoming a guest conductor, Neil F. Brown, who will take the podium as they prepare for their March concert. Brown has extensive experience in choral conducting and accompanying in both church and educational settings. As a good friend of the Chorale, he served as accompanist during the 2010-11 season.

The Shrewsbury Chorale auditions singers from September through June and is accepting new members. Former Chorale members are also encouraged to revisit. To schedule an audition, call Joy More at 732- 216-3907.

For more information, call: 732-747-1362, email theshrewsburychorale@gmail.com, or visit www.shrewsburychorale.org.

Epiphany celebration slated for Jan. 3

The Italian American Association of Monmouth County will host Pranzo with La Befana in celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 3 at St. Mary’s Church, Madonna Hall, 1 Phalanx Road, Colts Neck.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-10.

The event will include a performance of the legend of La Befana, pasta and meatballs, baked goods and a goody bag for children, in addition to an auction table, 50/50, Italian music and games.

For more information, call 732-863- 0021 or visit www.iaaofmc.com.

Italian Mardi Gras slated for Jan. 31

The Italian American Association of Monmouth County will host Carnevale, the Italian Mardi Gras festival, 2-6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale.

The cost is $40 for adults and $22 for children ages 3-10. The cost includes lunch, music, dancing, masks and activities, in addition to an auction table and 50/50. Costumes are optional.

For more information, call 732-863- 0021 or visit www.iaaofmc.com.

Benefit concert with Bobby Bandiera slated

Tickets are currently on sale for Hope Concert 8, featuring Bobby Bandiera and Friends, scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St.

Proceeds will benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and the Red Bank Borough Middle School’s new arts initiative.

“Bobby and his friends continue to demonstrate their generosity and spirit of bringing hope to much needed organizations,” said Count Basie Theatre President and CEO Adam Philipson in a press release.

“The Hope concerts are a staple of the Basie’s benefit performances and make great change for the organizations in receipt. 180 Turning Lives Around, VNA and the Red Bank Middle School are three extremely deserving organizations that will utilize these donations to the fullest.”

Tickets range from $50-$500. For more information or tickets, call 732-842-9000 or visit www.thebasie.org.

Performances set through Dec. 13

Two River Theater, with Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Tony Award-winning musical farce written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The director is Jessica Stone, the choreographer is Denis Jones, and the musical director is Gary Adler. Performances will continue through Dec. 13 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank.

To purchase tickets, call 732-345-1400 or visit tworivertheater.org.