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The BHSU Chamber Singers will share an evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment when Black Hills State University once again hosts the annual Madrigal Dinner Dec. 5-8 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. 

Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment during the Black Hills State University Chamber Singers holiday favorite, A Madrigal Dinner, Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.

The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fundraising event for BHSU’s Music Department featuring a small ensemble of 19 singers that specializes in performing early music. 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 “Silent Night.”

In addition to great music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream followed by a Cornish Game Hen with Honey, Garlic, and fresh Herbs on a Bed of Roasted Root Vegetables and Wild Rice Stuffing. The dessert is Egg Nog Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream. 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 Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Morley, Jacques Arcadelt, Claudio Monteverdi, and others. 

Programs will be held: Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8

The dinner and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening; tickets are $40.

The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly according to Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music at BHSU.

Reservations are required. To make a reservations visit www.BHSU.edu/MadrigalDinner or call Jean Osborn at 605.642.6133, 8 am-5 pm Mon-Fri. Notify us of any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.