BHSU Music Department Presents...
A Madrigal Dinner
Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment in Clare and Josef Meier Hall and the Yesterday’s Ballroom of the Alex Johnson Hotel at BHSU’s presentation of “A Madrigal Dinner.” The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fund-raising event for BHSU’s music department featuring a small ensemble of 16 singers that specializes in performing early music each fall semester. The singers, in Renaissance garb, will portray a sixteenth-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 including “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “A Wassail Song,” “Lo, How a Rose,” and of course, “Silent Night.” In addition to beautiful music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands for the Spearfish performances and a meal catered by the Alex Johnson for the Rapid City performance. In Spearfish, the first course is a Pumpkin Soup followed by a Bone in Pork Chop Stuffed with Apples, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola. The dessert is Chai Crème Brulee.
At the Alex Johnson, the first course is a mixed Green Garden Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and carrots followed by an Oven Roasted Turkey Breast in Savory Sauce with Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce and Holiday Dessert Assortment.
After dessert, the court will 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, Orlando Gibbons, Johann Hermann Schein, and others. The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon!
The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon!
2014 Madrigal Dinner program dates:
Thursday - December 4 - Meier Hall, BHSU - 6:30 p.m. - Cost $40
Friday - December 5 - Meier Hall, BHSU - 6:30 p.m. - Cost $40
Saturday - December 6 - Meier Hall, BHSU - 6:30 p.m. - Cost $40
Sunday - December 7 - Yesterday's Ballroom at the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel in Rapid City - 6:30 p.m. - Cost $45
Please make your reservations by filling out the form below or call Jean Osborn at 605.642.6420, 8 am-5 pm Mon-Fri.
Please notify us of any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.