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UW-Eau Claire's Annual Madrigale Dinner
Set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Davies Center

RELEASED: Nov. 20, 2007

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

The Madrigale Dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigale style music performed by the Court 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. Junior Johnathan Turba, Platteville, will be the king, with senior Katie Schultz, Coon Rapids, Minn., as his queen. Junior Evan Lloyd, Muskego, is new this year as the jester. Sophomore Jacob Truby, Appleton, will play Lord Chamberlain, with junior Abigail Bordak, South Milwaukee, as his lady.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The Court Chamber Choir will perform a number of selections, including "While by My Sheep," a carol by Hugo Jngst; "Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming" by Hugo Distler; "How Far Is It to Bethlehem?" by James McCullough: and "A Boy was Born" by Benjamin Britten. The Royal Court Brass Ensemble, the Royal Court Harpist, the Royal Court Recorder Ensemble and the Court Thespians also will perform.

The Royal Court Recorder Consort features volunteer community performers Christine Clement, soprano and alto; Lois Scorgie, alto and tenor; and Howard White, tenor and bass.

The Royal Feast includes wassail, beef vegetable soup, stuffed pork chops, oven-browned potatoes, glazed carrots, dinner rolls, apple dessert, coffee, milk and water. A vegetarian entrée is available upon request. Patrons 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 Nov. 30. There will be no ticket sales at the door. The doors open at 6 p.m. each night, with festivities to start at 6:30 p.m.

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