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Department of Music to present annual Madrigal
Feaste, Dec. 4-5
Nov. 3, 2008 --
The Arkansas State
University Choirs will present the seventh Madrigal Feaste on
Thursday-Friday, Dec. 4-5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of ASU’s
Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The Madrigal Feaste will be in the traditional style of
Merrie Olde England, with costumes, decorations, comedy, and fanfare.
The Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral
activities, will host the evening’s entertainment and serve as the court
of King Henry the Eighth of England, Jonesboro, and Craighead County.
Guests will enjoy the Wassail Bowl beginning at 6:15 p.m., and seating
will begin with the first fanfare at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 4 performance will be available through Monday, Dec. 1,
and tickets for the Friday, Dec. 5 performance will be available through
Tuesday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the Madrigal Feaste may be purchased at
the ASU Central Box Office by calling (870) 972-ASU1, or by calling the
toll-free number, 888-ASU-FANS. All seats are reserved and are limited
by space available. Ticket prices are $35 for the general public, and
$30 for ASU faculty, staff, and students, as well as senior citizens.
Proceeds will benefit the ASU Choir’s scholarship program and an
upcoming concert tour to Italy in March 2010.
The music of the feaste will include traditional carols by the servers
and audience, and brass fanfares and harpsichord solos, as well as
madrigals and chansons by the royal court. The menu for the royal feaste
will include one-half Cornish hen and apricot-glazed pork medallion,
corn pudding, carrot nests with green peas, citrus salad, rolls, and
wassail. A flaming pudding will be served with the royal fanfare.
The lords and ladies of the Royal Court are played by the members of the
Chamber Singers. The ladies of the Royal Court are Jeanie Clements of
Batesville, Rebecca Craft of Jonesboro, Katie Fischer of Jacksonville,
Susan Hulett of Mountain Home, Angela Jackson of Naylor, Mo., Renee
Porter Smith of Houston, Texas, Kari Rickman of Bono, Janet Tullos of
Cabot, and Roberta Tupper of Bartlesville, Okla. The lords of the Royal
Court are Kyle Berry of Austin, Jeremy Carter of Paragould, Josh Dennis
of Springfield, Mo., Greg Eberhard of Harrisburg, Nick Robbins of
Manila, John Sherwood of Searcy, Brandon Stroud and Matt Vardell of
Jonesboro, men. Mr. Luca Strazzullo will play harpsichord, Jay Shepherd
will play guitar, and the student brass ensemble will also help
accompany the choirs.
For more information, contact Dr. Dale Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at (870) 972-3841.