Tickets on Sale for Christmas Madrigal Dinner
Posted November 7, 2001
HOLLAND -- Food, entertainment, even a King and
Queen in a Renaissance setting. It is time again for the
award-winning Christmas Madrigal Dinner at Hope College,
being held on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8.
As in the time of Shakespeare, guests gather at
the royal court for an evening of singing, dancing, feasting
and general merry-making. The feast features fine food, a
wassail toast, figgy pudding and a boar's head procession.
The select, 21-member vocal ensemble Collegium
Musicum provides much of the musical entertainment; they
will be joined by an ensemble of early instruments. Period
dancers under the direction of Linda Graham of the Hope
dance faculty will be performing as well.
The dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of
the Maas Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early, beginning
at 6:30 p.m., so they may be announced and escorted into the
Tickets for the evening are $16 for adults, $13
for children under 12 and $5 for Hope students on the
college's meal plan. Tickets, which have sold out in the
past, may be purchased in advance by calling the college's
department of music at (616) 395-7650 during weekday
business hours. The office will be closed on Thursday and
Friday, Nov. 22-23, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The dining service program at Hope received a
first-place award this summer in the 28th annual Loyal E.
Horton Dining Awards contest of the National Association of
College & University Food Services (NACUFS) for last year's
Madrigal Dinner. The catering staff decorated the dinner's
Maas Center venue to re-create a castle's grand feasting
hall, complete with tapestries and suits of armor.
Candlelight and buffets constructed of cut stone helped lend
atmosphere, and the wait staff worked costumed in monks'
robes and serf garb.