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BHSU Chamber Singers present holiday favorite, "A Madrigal Dinner"

Black Hills State University will once again host the annual Madrigal Dinner Dec. 1-4 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment during the annual fund-raising event for the BHSU music department.

Black Hills State University Chamber Singers will present a holiday favorite, “A Madrigal Dinner,” Dec. 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.

Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment during the annual fund-raiser for the BHSU music department.

“A Madrigal Dinner” features a small ensemble of 16-18 singers that specialize in performing Renaissance and Baroque music each fall semester. The singers, dressed in Renaissance garb, will portray a 16th century king, queen, and court who have invited the audience to a Christmas feast in the castle’s great hall.

During the dinner portion of the evening, the court, led by the court jester, will present a program including performances of several a cappella traditional carols such as “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “A Gloucestershire Wassail,” and of course, “Silent Night.”

In addition to great music, the audience will enjoy a meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a roasted parsnip and pear soup followed by a bone-in pork chop with butternut squash puree and roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic and bacon. The dessert course is a maple cheesecake with poached pears.

After dessert, the court will move to the recital hall stage to perform a brief concert of Renaissance madrigals which will feature solos, small ensembles, and the full group performing a cappella and harpsichord-accompanied madrigals by master composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque including Josquin des Prez, Hans Leo Hassler, Ludwig Senfl, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, and others.

Last year the event sold out quickly so early reservations are recommended. The dinner and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening; tickets are $35. For reservations or more information, call 642-6133 or email Jonathan.Nero@BHSU.edu. The event is sponsored by the BHSU music program at BHSU and directed by Dr. Jonathan Nero.

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