Experience the Madrigal Dinner at Highland

FREEPORT -- Take a step back in time to 16th century England, where harmonious music heralds in the Christmas season complete with a concert of traditional carols and songs of the season. Experience the recreation of a Yuletide feast, complete with Jester and Wench, Royal Court 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 spiced apple cider), the "boars head" (roast pork) 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.

With brilliant costumes provided by Linda Foat, Allen Redford, director of Choral Music, 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 7th annual Madrigal dinner, as we celebrate the season with music, food, friends and laughter," Redford said.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on December 2 and 3 in the Student/Conference Center, second floor.

Tickets are $40 per person for the complete dinner and theatre experience, and tables will accommodate groups of eight. Seating is limited for these evening performances. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, November 23 and are available at, or by calling the HCC box office at 815.599.3718.

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Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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