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Department of Music to present
ninth Madrigal Feaste
29, 2007 -- In the style of Merrie Olde England, with costumes,
decorations, comedy, and fanfare, the Arkansas State University Choirs
will present the ninth Madrigal Feaste Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec.
1, at 6:30 p.m., in the Grand Hall of ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic
Drive. The feaste returns as the largest fundraising event of the year
for the choral ensembles of the department of music, and the proceeds
will benefit both the Alfred Skoog Scholarship for graduate students
studying choral conducting and the ASU singers’ trip to Carnegie Hall in
The Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral
activities, will host the evening’s entertainment and serve as the court
of Henry the Eighth, King of all 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. 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 broasted
turkey, roasted parsley potatoes, petite carrots and sweet peas,
cranberry relish, apple-walnut salad, and hot rolls. A flaming pudding
will be served with the royal fanfare.
The lords and ladies of the Royal Court, played by members of the
Chamber Singers, are as follows: Angela Jackson of Naylor, Mo., Tiffany
Mitchell of Springdale, Elizabeth Schug of Paragould, Renee Porter of
Kingwood, Texas, and Patricia Register of Florence, Ala., sopranos;
Jessica Crociata of Tampa, Fla., Rebecca Craft of Jonesboro, Crystal
Stormes of Goobertown, and Tiffanie Holland of Bryant, altos; Rusty
Shields of Osceola, Justin Register of Huntsville, Ala., Jeremy Carter
of Paragould, and Josh Dennis of Springfield, Mo, tenors; and Patrick
Manes of Bryant, Derrick Palmer of Brinkley, Mark Parsley of Malvern,
and Nick Robbins of Manila, basses.
The role of the Court Jester will be played by Perry Harper of Paragould
and the Steward will be Willie Sullivan of
Jonesboro. The knaves and wenches will be played by the remaining
members of the ASU Concert Choir. Priscilla Noyes, harpsichordist, Jay
Shepherd, guitarist, and the student brass ensemble will provide
accompaniment for the evening’s singing, dancing, and feasting.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Nov. 1, and will be available for the
Thursday, Nov. 29 performance through Monday, Nov. 26. Tickets for
Saturday, Dec. 1 may be purchased through Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the ASU
Central Box Office or by calling (870) 972-2781 or (888) 278-3267. The
Friday, Nov. 30 performance will again be hosted by the ASU Faculty
Women’s Club, and tickets may be obtained by contacting
Carol Tinsley at (870) 972-3234.
All seats are reserved, and space is limited. 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 concert tour to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall on January 13,
2008, and the choral scholarship program, as well.
For more information, contact Dr. Dale Miller in the Department of Music
at (870) 972-3841.
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