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Wayne State College Offers Madrigal Performances


Clad in sixteenth-century attire, the Wayne State College Madrigal Singers will transport audiences back to Renaissance England under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I for Christmasse Feaste performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6, and at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Frey Conference Suite of Student Center.

Tickets for the Wayne State College 37th Annual Madrigal Dinners may be purchased for $23 by Nov. 24. Ticket requests received in the WSC music office after Nov. 24 will cost $26 each. Mail orders should be postmarked Nov. 22 to insure delivery.

Well-known English Christmas traditions such as the hanging of the greens, decking the hall, carrying the birch log to the fire, and the boar's head processional are observed.  Guests are entertained by strolling carolers and a troubadour who pass by each table of the hall singing carols or playing the lute.

 A recorder ensemble plays holiday music and the performers give a concert that includes voices and handbells.  A jester keeps everyone entertained, and the "punny" play will keep you in stitches.  In the midst of the music, poetry, and comedy, the audience enjoys a succulent feast, including wassail and flaming dessert.

Members of the Kingdom of Riverssance will be attending the Dec. 6 dinner in costume to act in character with guests.

The Madrigal Singers have given more than 300 performances in their 37-year history.  They have toured Mexico and Canada in addition to nine trips to Europe.  The group presented dinners in England and Wales, and has performed in the Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.  In 1992, the group performed in Berlin, Prague, Hannover, and Bach's own church, the Tomaskirche, in Leipzig.  In 1994, the Madrigal Singers were the only American choir at the prestigious Spittal, Austria, International Choral Competition.

The Singers toured Russia in 2000, and sang in the great concert halls and churches of Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Kremlin and Pavlovsk Palace.  In 2004, the Madrigal sang performances in Dublin, the Rock of Cashel, and Galway Cathedral in Ireland, and in 2008 members of the ensemble participated in the WSC Music Department's tour of Venice and Como in Northern Italy, Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.  The 2003 "Holiday Harmonies" program produced by NETV (on which the Madrigal Singers and WSC Concert Choir performed) was nominated for a regional Emmy.

Ticket requests may be sent to: Christmasse Dinners, Wayne State College, Peterson Fine Arts Bldg., Room 109, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787. Reservations will not be accepted unless accompanied by a check for the full amount. Phone reservations are accepted with Mastercard, Visa or Discover. In case of inclement weather, the dinner will be rescheduled.

Group discounts are available for groups of six or more when the order is placed before the early bird deadline. If you fill a table of six, the cost for the table is $126. Groups of 12 or more (two tables) receive a 10-percent discount. In order to receive a discount all tickets must be ordered at the same time and paid for as a block.
Guests are asked to be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.


For information: Dr. Ronald Lofgren at 375-7358


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