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Madrigale Dinner set for Dec. 4 and 5

RELEASED: Nov. 16, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present the 18th annual "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal style music performed by the Court Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. 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. Sophomore Eric Frei, La Crosse, will be the king, with junior Ruth Hurd, Fall Creek, as his queen. Sophomore Kyle Sonnemann, Waukesha, is new this year as the jester. Freshman Tim Mattson, Brooklyn Park, Minn., will play Lord Chamberlain, with sophomore Lauren Schell, Stoughton, as his lady.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The Court Chamber Choir will perform a number of selections, including "Carol of the Drum," a 20th-century carol by Katherine Davis; "What is This Lovely Fragrance," a 17th-century French carol arranged by Cary Franklin; "Your Beauty is Allureth," a 17th-century Italian madrigal by Luca Marenzio; and "Lulee, Lullai, Lullo, Lullabe," a 21st-century American carol by Mack Wilberg. The Court Consort, Court Harpist, Court Brass Choir and Court Thespians 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. 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 starting at 6:30 p.m.

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