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UW-Eau Claire's Annual Madrigale Dinner
Offered Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
MAILED: Nov. 27, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — "Unstick thy mind from the present day, let it come with us, let it fly away. On wings of laughter, wings of song, wings that carry each along. To a special time, a special place, that magically, mystically cares erase."
In the spirit of the holiday season and to celebrate the beginning of Advent, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Chamber Choir will present its tenth annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in the Great Hall of Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire.
"The Madrigale Dinner is a semester project for the Chamber Choir. It gives students a chance to prepare and present an important event," said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and theatre arts and producer of the dinner.
This evening is presented in the atmosphere of Elizabethan times when the lord of the manor invited friends to his home to celebrate a successful harvest and the beginning of the holiday season.
"People would come together to celebrate the harvest, sing and have a meal together," said Schwartzhoff. "This has become a present-day holiday tradition for many of our guests. To me, it is one of the most special things we do all year. The mood is one of enchantment long ago. Even the church looks as if it is from that time period."
The food and dress will follow Elizabethan style. Performers will wear the traditional dress of that time period and guests are invited to do the same. Throughout the period-appropriate meal, the Chamber Choir will perform entertainment and monologue and interact with the audience. Other groups to perform include the Court Brass Choir, conducted by Derek Curless, a senior from Janesville, and the Court Recorders, conducted by community member Kathy Miller.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Madrigale Dinner, Schwartzhoff arranged "The Agincourt Song." The song was originally written in 1415 to celebrate the victory of Henry V at Agincourt.
"It is one of the oldest as well as one of the finest English songs to be preserved in its original form," said Schwartzhoff.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $25. They will be on sale through Nov. 29 and will not be available at the door.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 27, 2001