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Proviso West Madrigal Singers To Host Holiday Party, 15th-Century Style, on December 14

December 6, 2013 02:50 PM
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Proviso West High School will host a day of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 39th annual Madrigal Singers Dinner at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 14 at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso West choral music department that reenact a 15th–century royal court. Guests will be served a four-course candlelight meal of baked turkey or roast beef with sides by students from Proviso West’s foods classes in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle. During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedy and dramatic sketches, traditional Christmas carols, and instrumental music.

Ms. Salina Watson, the Madrigal Singers sponsor, said that the Madrigal Singers in medieval times were singers hired by royals such as the queen to entertain at court.

"We want to emulate that period," Ms. Watson said. "It’s an event where different people bring their family members. You see the students in a different light. It will show the flexibility of our students."

District 209 has a long and rich tradition of outstanding Madrigal performances. Madrigal Alumni who had attended Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy between 1974 and 2011 will participate in this year’s performance. Among them will be Mr. Daniel Salotti, a former Madrigal sponsor and choral director at Proviso East High School.

Tickets for the Madrigal Singers Dinner are $25 each for adults and $23 for students 18 years old and younger, senior citizens, and Madrigal Alumni. Attendance is by paid reservation only, with no tickets sold at the door. Final reservations and payments are due at the Proviso West choral music office by 3 p.m. on Monday, December 9.

For more information, contact Ms. Watson at 202-6342 or at swatson@pths209.org.
 
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