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Choirs prepare for annual Madrigal Dinner

November 14, 2011 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University Choirs are preparing for their annual Madrigal Dinner, a long tradition on campus that will also help make an international tour possible for the choirs. Dr. Susan Marchant, who directs the choirs, said tickets for the dinner, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom, are now on sale and she expects them to go quickly.

"We can seat only about 200, so it is important for people to get their tickets as early as possible," Marchant said. "That's especially true if they wish to reserve a large table or a location."

This year, the dinner's theme is "Midwinter Holidays." The program will include some traditional early Christian music, secular and solstice songs and music from some lesser known ancient feasts.

"The Ballroom is a lovely place to sing," Marchant said, adding that the room will be decorated to match the theme and multiple pianos will be used so everyone in the room will feel they are in a prime location.

In the early years, music for the Madrigal Dinner, was always drawn from Renaissance and Baroque literature and the performers were in costume from the period. In more recent times, Marchant said, the choirs have added more variety.

"In the past, we've worked into the rotation an evening devoted to American musical theater and a program featuring music with international folk roots," Marchant said. "These programs frequently include some dance, and that will be the case again this year."

Marchant said the choirs, which number about 120 students, will host a second performance dinner with an Italian theme on Valentine's Day.

For the choirs, the Madrigal Dinner, and now the Valentine's Day Dinner, are important fundraisers that help finance a spring break performance tour. Next March, the choir will tour and perform in Italy. The PSU choirs have toured and performed both in the U.S. and Europe, but this will be their first visit to Italy, Marchant said.

Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner are $28.  The price drops to $25 for those who purchase tickets to both the winter and spring events. Persons purchasing six or more tickets may reserve an entire table. To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call Marchant at 620-235-4476.

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