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Wayne State to Host Annual Madrigal Dinners Dec. 4-6


WAYNE, Neb. (Oct. 26, 2009) -- The Wayne State College Madrigal Singers will present the thirty-eighth annual Madrigal Dinners Dec. 4-6 in the Frey Conference Suite in the Wayne State Student Center. Clad in sixteenth-century attire, the Madrigal Singers transport audiences back to Renaissance England under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I for a Christmasse Feaste.  In the midst of music, poetry and comedy, the audience enjoys a succulent feast, including wassail and flaming dessert.


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.  Our jester keeps everyone entertained, and the “punny” play will keep you in stitches. 


The Madrigal Singers have given more than 300 performances in their 38-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. 


In 2000, the Singers toured Russia, 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 both the Madrigal Singers and WSC Concert Choir performed) was nominated for a regional Emmy.


Friday’s and Saturday’s dinners will be at 7 p.m. Sunday’s dinner will be at 5 p.m. Lordes and Ladyes for the 2009 dinners are Dwain & Carole Petersen on Friday, Dec. 4; Howard and Laura Brentlinger, aka: The Archbishop of Canterbury and Lady Margaret Cranmer, on Saturday, Dec. 5; and Jay Collier and Jane O’Brien on Sunday, Dec. 6.


Ticket sales begin Nov. 2. The "Early Bird" cost for tickets is $24. Ticket requests postmarked after Nov. 20 or received in the Music Office after Nov. 23 will cost $27. No group discounts will be available after Nov. 23.


Mail your ticket orders to Christmasse Dinners, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787 or purchase them in person at the Music Department Office, Peterson Fine Arts Bldg., Room 109 at Wayne State College.

• Reservations will not be accepted unless accompanied by a check for the full amount. 
• Phone reservations are accepted with Mastercard, Visa or Discover. 
• All sales are final.
• No exchanges or refunds.  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 seven, the cost for the table is $156. Groups of 14 or more (two tables) receive a 10% discount. In order to receive a discount, all tickets must be ordered at the same time and paid for as a block.
• Members of the Kingdom of Riverssance will be attending Saturday's dinner in costume. That night's dinner will feature Riverssance revelers acting in character with our guests (perhaps even the Lorde and Ladye of the Feaste).
• Guests are asked to be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.


For information, please call Dr. Ronald Lofgren at 402-375-7358.


If you have questions, please call 402-375-7359 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. 


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