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Madrigal Singers Celebrate Holidays, Medieval-Style

December 21, 2015 12:50 PM
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It was a night of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Holiday Show on December 12 and 13 at Proviso West High School. 
 
The show featured students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School reenacting a 15th–century royal court. Performing in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the Proviso West cafeteria transformed into a castle, the students served dinner and performed Madrigal-style harmonies and traditional Christmas carols.
 
Watson said that the Madrigal Singers in medieval times were singers hired by royals such as the queen to entertain at court. At Proviso West and its neighboring district schools, it is a select group of student singers, picked through auditions and recommendations and often singing a cappella style.
 
The student singers were accompanied by a student brass ensemble, which helped to inject a "21st–century sense of humor" into the show. A court jester performed as student volunteers, dressed in costume, served as waiters during dinner.
 
Several Madrigal Alumni who had attended Proviso East and Proviso West since 1984 were in attendance at this year’s performances. Dr. Nettie-Collins-Hart, superintendent, said that District 209 has a long and rich tradition of outstanding Madrigal performances.
 
"Our Madrigal Concert has been a highlight on this school district’s calendar for years," she said. "The students were outstanding again this year and I congratulate them on another magnificent performance." 
 
For more photos of the performance, please click here. For highlights of the Madrigal Concert, please look below.
 
 
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