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Still Time to Purchase Tickets for 'Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner'

RELEASED: Dec. 2, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present its annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The 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 music and laughter over the antics of the court jester. Senior Kevin Newell, Edgar, will be the king, with senior Andrea Fuss, Waupaca, as his queen. Senior Evan Lloyd, Muskego, will be the court jester for the second year in a row. Freshman Joe Kastner, Reedsburg, will play Lord Chamberlain, with sophomore Alicia Fitchett, Green Bay, as his lady.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The Court Chamber Choir will perform a number of selections, including "Flower of Beauty," a traditional song by John Clements; "The Sleep of the Jesus Child," a French carol by Edwin Fissinger; "One Day a Child is Born," from "Four Carols" by Jetse Bremer; and the German carol "Silent Night" by Franz Gruber. 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 Court Brass Ensemble features sophomore Thomas Dominguez, Mukwonago, and senior Forrest Herr, Brodhead, on trumpets; senior Michael Rennecke, Eagan, Minn., on horn; junior Adam Lowe, Merrimac, on trombone; senior Rick Slembarski, Mosinee, on tuba; and senior Patrick Bedard, Spring Green, on timpani.

Freshman Alison Wheeler, Viroqua, is the harpsichordist.

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 entre 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 purchased or reserved at the Service Center by Dec. 5. 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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