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UW-Eau Claire's Annual Madrigal Dinner
Set for Dec. 1 and 2 in Davies Center

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2006

Madrigale Dinner artworkEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present its annual "Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Council Fire Room of W.R. Davies University Center.

The Madrigal 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 24 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 Mike Levenich, La Crosse, will be the king, with sophomore Stephanie Benson, Mankato, Minn., as his queen. Junior Alexander Krukowski, Waconia, Minn., will play the jester. Freshman Adam Lowe, Merrimac, will play Lord Chamberlain, with Claire Tiller, Fridley, Minn., as his lady.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The choir will perform several selections, including "All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded" by John Bennet, "How Far Is It to Bethlehem?" by James McCullough and Paul Brandvik's "To Keep the Cold Wind Away." Franz Gruber's "Silent Night" and "Shepherds Carol" by William Billings also will be presented. The Royal Court Recorders, the Royal Court Brass Ensemble and the Royal Court Harpist also will perform.

The Royal Feast includes wassail, beef vegetable soup, stuffed pork chops, 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 $25. Tickets must be reserved at the Service Center by Dec. 1. The doors open at 6 p.m. each night with festivities to start at 6:30 p.m.

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