The Black Hills State University Music Department will perform ‘A Madrigal Dinner’ Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department.

Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 as Black Hills State University presents “A Madrigal Dinner.” The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fund-raising event for the BHSU Music Department featuring a small ensemble of 16 singers that specialize in performing early music each fall semester.

Madrigals were popular vocal pieces on secular texts in the 16th and 17th centuries. “It was the pop music of the Renaissance,” explained Dr. Jonathan Nero, professor of music. “This formal event is different every year and I think it’s always a great kick-off to the holiday season.”

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 including “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “A Wassail Song,” “Deck the Hall,” and of course, “Silent Night.”

In addition to beautiful music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a Maple Brie and Cheddar Apple Soup followed by Whole Roasted Turkey with Citrus Rosemary Salt and Wild Rice Stuffing and Figgy Pudding for dessert. 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 John Dowland, Hans Leo Hassler, Thomas Tomkins, and others.

The 2017 Madrigal Dinner performances will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department.

The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon at www.BHSU.edu/Madrigal or call Raena Martinez at 605.642.6420, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please notify us of any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.

The BHSU Music Department offers students diverse courses and opportunities as they pursue degrees in Music and Music Education. BHSU is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

2017 Madrigal Dinner performers:

Alicia Absher, chemistry major from Belle Fourche

Cheyenne Black, music major from Rapid City

Hayes Chohon, music education major from Ainsworth, Neb.

Carissa Deming, music education major from Newcastle, Wyo.

Hailey Hanzlik, psychology major from Spearfish 

Mallary Hoffmann, psychology major from Brookings

Gwen Hoops, English education major from Sturgis

Harmony Logue, music education major from Rapid City 

Rylann Olson, music education major from Dickinson, N.D.

Eric Quaschnick, music education major from Spearfish

Micah Pennel, music education major from Hill City

Hannah Rehmeier, music education major from St. Onge

Gregory Roling, music education major from Piedmont

Dillon Smith, outdoor education major from Watford City, N.D.

Grace Wetrich, outdoor education major from Sioux Falls

Katie Zerbst, music education major from Sturgis

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