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UW-Eau Claire to Hold 11th Annual
Madrigale Dinner in New Location
MAILED: Nov. 14, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The Council Fire Room of the W.R. Davies University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be transformed into the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain’s castle as the UW-Eau Claire Department of Music and Theatre Arts presents the 11th annual “Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Doors open at the new location of the Madrigale Dinner at 6 p.m.
Patrons will receive names of nobility as they enter the candlelit 15th century banquet hall, draped with medieval banners and evergreen accents. The mood will be one of enchantment from Christmas long ago as diners feast on the period-appropriate wassail, beef vegetable soupe, pork chop, oven brown potatoes, glazed carrots, dinner rolle and apple dessert. A cash bar also will be available.
The Court Chamber Choir, Brass Choir, Recorders, and Thespians will entertain the assembled guests. Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities, conducts the Court Chamber Choir; Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music, conducts the Court Brass Choir, and community member Kathy Miller conducts the Court Recorders. The Court Thespians will perform “The Beauty and the Wretch” and “When I Grow Up.” During the course of the evening, freshman Amanda Blaylock, De Pere, will perform on harpsichord.
This special evening is presented in the spirit of Elizabethan times when the Lord of the Manor invited his friends into his home to celebrate a successful harvest and the beginning of the Holiday Season. People attending are invited to dress in period costume.
“The Madrigale Dinner is an important aspect of the bachelor of music program for our music students,” said Schwartzhoff, who began the Madrigale Dinner in 1992. “It’s also a nice opening to the holiday season at the university.”
Senior Kelly Heyer, a French major from Detroit Lakes, Minn., will return for his fifth and final year as the court jester. Heyer says he got involved with the event in his freshman year because he’d participated in a Madrigale dinner at his high school and loved it.
“We aim to entertain our guests as much as possible,” said Heyer, “and I get to be involved in all aspects of the event — telling jokes, being in the skit, and acting as a sort of master of ceremonies during the concert. What draws me back each year is the magical atmosphere created by the candles, decorations, period costumes, and music and humor that goes on as the guests eat,” he said.
Other members of the court are the king and queen presiding over the dinner, played by Stephen Howe, a junior music major from St. Paul, Minn., and Emelia Polodna, a senior music major from La Crosse; and hosts Lord and Lady Chamberlain, played by Michael Evano, a freshman theatre arts major from Minneapolis, and Christina Burgess, a junior music major from Wausau.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $25. All seats are reserved and must be purchased by Dec. 2. Tickets will not be available at the door. Large parties are welcome and are encouraged to make their reservations early.
For more information, contact Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff at (715) 836-4056.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: November 19, 2002