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MACC Music and Drama Departments present Madrigal Dinners


November 19, 20, and 21 at 6 PM each night

Adults $20, Children (up to age 10) $10
Includes the meal and entertainment.

Tickets available
at the MACC Cashiers Office, by calling 660-263-4110 ext. 21003

Tickets must be reserved by Monday, November 16, 2015.
No tickets will be sold at the door.

The regal pageantry and ceremonial pomp of England in 1494 returns to Moberly Area Community College during the upcoming Madrigal dinner theater experience November 19, 20, and 21. The Madrigal Dinners are a joint presentation of the College's Drama and Music Departments. Festivities will begin at 6PM each night with guests invited to gather in the Jorgenson Fine Art Gallery for sparkling cider and assorted cheeses on the Moberly campus.

While enjoying appetizers and the 2015 MACC Student Art Show on display in the Gallery, dinner guests will be greeted and entertained by members of the MACC Singers, and other musicians. Guests will then be led to the Grand Hall (the MACC Auditorium), where they will be introduced to the King and Queen of Deep Manor (played by Eric Johnston and Leslie Donald) and served a candle-lit feast.

As the evening progresses, guests are introduced to the Jester (Cara Brokes) and many more characters in the play presented with dinner entitled Mertonsire and the Pirate's Tale, written by Richard Logan and Paul Brandvik and directed by Joyce Pauley. The King's court will be a busy place as strolling minstrels in Renaissance costumes charm and delight the guests. Beggars, street peddlers, and fortunetellers will try to sneak into the royal festivities and magicians will amaze the guests with feats of magic.

The feast, prepared to the Queen's taste by Chef Jeff of Madison, Missouri, will feature a raspberry vinaigrette salad, Chicken Florentine with spinach and artichoke sauce, potatoes, green beans, and cheesecake.

The MACC Singers, directed by Karen Werner, will perform madrigal music from the Renaissance period throughout the evening, and as well as a concert to the royal court and their guests.

Madrigal singing began in Italy in the Renaissance period. It spread throughout Europe reaching its peak in popularity in England. Madrigal music became a tradition in upper nobility and wealthy merchants, and the term itself became synonymous with being part of a refined social status. Much of the music was written in the queen's honor. The style of music soon spread to the lower classes, and they kept the tradition alive in their homes by singing madrigals after their meal. Just as many today retire to a TV show after dinner, the Renaissance family would sing the evening away, even conducting singing contests as to who could sing the most modern or most popular madrigal tune.

"In the 1960's Madrigal dinners were re-created and gained popularity on many university and college campuses," explains Werner. "This will be our fourth madrigal dinner on the MACC campus and we invite college supporters, the curious, the music lovers, and the just-want-to-have fun people to join us in the land of Renaissance England!"

Tickets for the MACC Madrigal Dinners are $20 for adults, or $10 for children up to age 10, and includes the meal and entertainment. Tickets are available at the MACC Cashiers Office, by calling 660-263-4110 ext. 21003, or by mailing a check, made payable to MACC, to: Music Department, 101 College Ave., Moberly Missouri 65270. Tickets must be reserved by Monday, November 16, 2015. No tickets will be sold at the door.



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