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Chamber Choir to Present
'Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner'
MAILED: Nov. 24, 1999|
A candlelit 15th century banquet hall draped with medieval banners and evergreen accents the scene. An English court jester beckons the diners to join the festivities. The mood is one of enchantment from Christmas long ago.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire presents the eighth annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the Fellowship Hall of Christ Church Cathedral.
Associate professor of music and madrigal dinner producer Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff has been preparing with the Chamber Choir all semester for the musical feast catered by Sir Thomas Catering. The menu includes period-appropriate wassail, beef vegetable soupe, skewered porke, new red potatoes, glazed carrots, onyon rolle and appil dessert.
Along with two short one-act plays, "Robin Hood" and "Little Red Riding Hood," entertainment will be provided by court thespians and the Royal Court Singers, including freshman King Lucas Stelter, Montello, and senior Queen Heather Gausman, Mc Farland. Other main players for the evening are the Court Jester, junior Kelly Heyer, Detroit Lakes, Minn., and the Executioner, whose identity remains anonymous.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the madrigal dinner for the past four years," Gausman said. "A lot of hard work goes into this by Dr. Schwartzhoff and the students and it is always well paid off through the success of the dinner."
In addition to the Chamber Choir, music will be performed by the Royal Court Brass, coordinated by senior Kipp Otterness, Spring Grove, Minn., and the Royal Court Recorders, coordinated by senior Kevin Bartig, Wausau.
People attending are invited to dress in period costume for the madrigal, which historically was held during Elizabethan times when the Lord of the Manor invited family and friends to celebrate a successful harvest and holiday season.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $23. Tickets will be on sale through Dec. 3 and will not be available at the door.
For more information, contact Gary Schwartzhoff at (715) 836-4056.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 24, 1999