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Department of Music presents annual
Madrigal Feaste Dec. 2-4
November 12, 2010
In the style of Merrie Olde England with costumes, decorations, comedy,
and fanfare, the Arkansas State University Choirs will present the
eleventh Madrigal Feaste in the Grand Hall of ASU’s Fowler Center, 201
Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, on Thursday, Dec. 2; Friday, Dec. 3; and
Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
The Concert Choir and
Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities,
and choral music education professor, Kyle Chandler, will host the
evening’s entertainment. They will 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 Thursday’s and
Saturday’s performances will be available through Monday, Nov. 29, at
the ASU Central Box Office, 972-ASU1, or 888-ASU-FANS.
The Friday evening performance will be hosted by the ASU Faculty Women’s Club,
and tickets may be obtained by contacting any FWC member or Madrigal
Feaste chair Libby James (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seats for the Thursday and Saturday performances 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 concert tour fund to
Carnegie Hall in March 2012.
The music for the feaste will include traditional carols by the servers
brass fanfares and harpsichord solos, as well as madrigals
and chansons by the
royal court. The menu
for the royal feaste will include Cornish
game hen, vegetable medley, sugar-kissed yams, greene salat, and
rolls. A flaming pudding will be served with the royal fanfare.
King Henry the Eighth and Queen Anne Boleynn will be played by
Christopher Orr and Becky Morrison, both of Jonesboro. The lords and
ladies of the Royal Court, played by the members of the Chamber Singers,
are: Jessica Baldwin of Paragould, Katie Fischer of Jacksonville, Hannah McQuay of Bono, and Becky Morrison and Kari Rickman of Jonesboro,
sopranos; Kate Smith of Wynne, Katherine Richards of Osceola, and
Crystal Haralson of Paragould, mezzo-sopranos; Jeremy Carter and Jacob Bushong of Paragould, Nick Robbins of Dell, Nathan Shelby
of Bryant, and
Christopher Orr of
Jonesboro, tenors, and Cameron Hepler of Dexter, Mo., Kale McDaniel and
Jarvis Brodie of Jonesboro, basses.
Reid Shelton will be the Steward and John Yerger will be the Jester,
both of Jonesboro. The knaves and wenches will be played by other
members of the ASU Concert Choir. Mr. Brian Henkelmann, music department
staff accompanist, will play harpsichord; Jay Shepherd of Paragould will
play guitar, and the student brass ensemble will also play.
For more information, call the Choral Office at 870-972-3841.
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