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DeKalb High plans Madrigal Dinners

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:02 p.m. CDT

The DeKalb High School Music Department is preparing for its 26th annual Madrigal Dinners.

This holiday event showcases the DeKalb High School Chamber Choir, an audition-only vocal ensemble of 26 singers directed by Travis Erikson. Outfitted in attire inspired by Italian 15th century Renaissance garments constructed by Donna Xidis-Schultz and the DeKalb Theater Costumers, the choir will perform a variety of a cappella music ranging from traditional Christmas carols and chansons from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Vocal and instrumental groups also performing include troubadours, pages, a brass ensemble, a string quartet and jesters to entertain.

Three Madrigal Dinners will be offered this year: Dec. 14 at DeKalb High School and Dec. 20 and 21 at Northern Illinois University’s Altgeld Hall. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. and the processional begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Dec. 14 performance cost $20 for adults and students and $10 for a children’s meal for ages 10 and younger. This meal will be catered by Nat’s on Maple. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.

Tickets for the performances at Altgeld Hall cost $30 for adults and students and $12 for a children’s meal for ages 10 and younger. A vegetarian meal is available upon request.

Call Angel Smith at the DeKalb High School Music department at 815-754-2120 to inquire about the menu and to order tickets before Dec. 11.

There will be gallery and balcony seating for both events on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $5.

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