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'Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner' Set for Dec. 2 and 3

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2005

Madrigale Dinner court
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present its annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Council Fire Room of W.R. Davies University Center.

The Madrigale Dinner features a 15th century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal style music performed by the Chamber Choir, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The choir, composed of 20 UW-Eau Claire musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and the excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle where they will share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester. Freshman Timothy Morris, Minneapolis, Minn., will be the king, with junior Sarah Leitermann, Appleton, as his queen. Sophomore Alexander Krukowski, Waconia, Minn., will play the jester. Freshman William Fuerstenau, Germantown, will play Lord Chamberlain, with sophomore Caitlin Nelson, Green Bay, as his lady.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The choir will perform several selections, including "All on a Christmas Morning" by Alfred Burt and "Sweet was the Song" by Robert Young. "Lullay my Liking" by Gustav Holst and "Child of Peace" by Jeffery Van also will be presented. Solo performances will be given by junior Timothy Baumann, River Falls, on oboe; sophomore Lauren Tompkins, Chippewa Falls, on harpsichord; and freshman Michelle Rugland, Menomonie, on harp. There also will be musical performances by the Royal Court Recorders and the Royal Court Brass Ensemble. Andrew Gutshall, production and technical operations coordinator, University Centers and Programs, designed the new castle set that will debut this year.

Patrons may choose to purchase tickets that include the program and full meal or the program and dessert only. The Royal Feast includes wassail, beef vegetable soup, stuffed pork chop, oven-browned potatoes, glazed carrots, dinner rolls, apple dessert, coffee, milk and water. Patrons also are invited to dress in period costumes if they choose.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $26 for the program/full meal and $10 for the program/dessert only. Tickets must be reserved at the Service Center by Dec. 2. The door opens at 6 p.m. each night with festivities to start at 6:30 p.m.

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