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WSC to Host Annual Madrigal Dinners Dec. 3-5

Published: 10-26-2010 3:40 pm

The Wayne State College Madrigal Singers will present the thirty-ninth annual Madrigal Dinners Dec. 3-5 in the Frey Conference Suite in the Wayne State Student Center. In the midst of music, poetry, and comedy enjoy a succulent four-course feast featuring prime rib, wassail and flaming dessert. The Madrigal Singers, clad in sixteenth-century attire, transport audiences back to Renaissance England under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I for this Christmasse Feaste. 

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. The jester keeps everyone entertained, and the "punny" play will keep you in stitches.
The Madrigal Singers have given more than 300 performances in their 39-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. 

The group performed in Berlin, Prague, Hannover, and Bach's own church, the Tomaskirche, in 1992 in Leipzig. The Madrigal Singers were the only American choir at the prestigious International Choral Competition in 1994 in Spittal, Austria. The singers toured Russia and sang in the great concert halls and churches of Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2000, including the Kremlin and Pavlovsk Palace. The Madrigal sang performances in Dublin, the Rock of Cashel, and Galway Cathedral in Ireland in 2004, 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.

Madrigal dinner dates and ticket information: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Frey Conference Suite, Wayne State College Student Center. Mail ticket reservations to Christmasse Dinners, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787, or stop by the Music Department Office, Room 109 in the Peterson Fine Arts Building.

Ticket sales begin Nov. 1. Reservations will not be accepted unless accompanied by a check for the full amount. Phone reservations are accepted at (402) 375-7359 with Mastercard, Visa or Discover.  All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; in case of inclement weather, the dinner will be rescheduled. The "Early Bird" cost for tickets is $24. Ticket requests postmarked after Nov. 22 or received in the Music Office after Nov. 28 will cost $27. Purchasing your tickets early is recommended!

Group discounts are available for groups of six or more when the order is placed before the early bird deadline: ticket requests postmarked by Nov. 22 or received in the Music Office by Nov. 28. A table of six, with the "Early Bird" discount is $132 (purchase 5 tickets, get the 6th half-price). Groups of 12 or more (two tables) receive a 10 percent discount. In order to receive this 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).

For information: (402) 375-7359


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