Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment in beautiful Clare and Josef Meier Hall at the Black Hills State University Chamber Singers’ presentation of “A Madrigal Dinner” Nov. 29–Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fundraising event for the BHSU music program featuring a small ensemble of 18 singers that specializes in performing early music. The singers, 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 and 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 “Silent Night.”
In addition to great music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a winter squash and apple soup followed by a slice of pork pie with cranberry chutney, apricot and walnut stuffing, maple-ginger roasted veggies with pecans, and wild rice dressing. The dessert is roasted pears with almonds and white chocolate drizzle.
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 periods including Josquin des Prez, Clément Janequin, Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, and others.
Tickets cost $40. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Call 642-6133 or email Terri.Bjorum@BHSU.edu for reservations. Please specify any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.