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Experience the Madrigal Dinner at Chestnut Mountain Resort December 10
11/17/2015

Take a step back in time to the 16th century, where English costumes and harmonious music herald in the Christmas season complete with a traditional concert of a capella carols. Experience the recreation of a Yuletide feast, complete with Jester and Wench, Royal Court, Ladies in Waiting, Knights and a magnificent meal.

Join the King and Queen as they sit on stage at a table before an audience that feasts on all the trimmings: Wassail (hot apple cider), chicken breast with sage-maple cream sauce and butternut squash stuffing, and Figgie Pudding (bread pudding).

Watch the King's Jester and the Wench entertain audience members serving as the "Masters of Ceremonies" for the evening. There will be plenty of toasts, jokes and comic performances.

Allen Redford, director of music at HCC, said this is an event steeped in tradition. The scenes presented are woven among the courses of the meal and set up the sweet messages of the Christmas carols. It is an experience that has the audience coming away from having an evening filled with a holiday feast, lots of laughter, and a chance to marvel at the vocal talent of the ensemble.

"The Highland Community College Fine Arts Department is looking forward to welcoming guests to the 3rd annual Madrigal Dinner at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, as we celebrate the season with music, food, friends and laughter," Redford said.

The Madrigal Dinner will be performed Thursday, December 10, with gala festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner and performance begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $75 per person for the complete dinner and theatre experience with net proceeds benefitting the HCC Vocal Music Tour to Europe in 2016.

Tables will accommodate groups of eight. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at Chestnut Mountain Resort (1-800-397-1320) or at the HCC Foundation 815.599.3413.

The Madrigal Dinner has been an annual tradition for Highland Community College for several years. 



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