Reservations are being taken now for the Seventh Annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner, presented by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Music and at a new location this year-the Crystal Room of GC Cuisine and Cherub Gardens, 1230 University Drive, Edwardsville-on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Reservation deadline is Nov. 26.
The SIUE Madrigal Singers will provide the musical and "variety" entertainment during the evening that includes a "royal Renaissance feast at which are kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses, and lords of lower estate, and nobles also a great number," says the "royal conductor" Joel Knapp, director of choral activities for the department.
"Everyone has great fun at the Madrigal Dinner every year," Knapp said. "We have a lighthearted selection of activities planned as well as several madrigal pieces for the holiday season-some serious and others not so serious. We must keep the lord of the manor and his guests in good humor so that all may enjoy this incredible feast."
Admission is $40 per person and includes a four-course meal and an evening of entertainment. Proceeds benefit the department's scholarship fund. Also available are special "scholarship seats," preferred seating priced at $80 each, which includes a $40 tax deductible donation to the department. For information or to make reservations, call "the fair lady Martee," (618) 650-3900.