Madrigals take audience back to 16th Century

Brenden Smyth, Staff Writer

Travel back in time to 16th century England at the Wayne State College 45th Annual Madrigal Dinners, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.

Mingle with the king and queen on Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The Dinner will take place in the Frey Conference Suite in the Kanter Student Center on campus.

Classical singers in 16th century attire will entertain with music, poetry and comedy for all to attend. The audience will be brought back to the days of old through Renaissance pieces and holiday favorites, accompanied by a course dinner along with a warm, sticky figgy pudding.

“The students have been working very hard to prepare for the production. Madrigals President Emily Popelka and her leadership team have done a superb job organizing the details which will make the 45th production memorable,” Matthew Armstrong, the artistic director, said. “The play is light-hearted and rehearsals are filled with laughter. I’m proud of the vocal work that the singers are doing as well.”

The Madrigal Singers are a select group of students at Wayne State College. The group is made up of singers from the Concert Choir that perform Renaissance music in the fall and chamber music in the spring. For the last 44 years, the Madrigal Singers have presented this annual event, performed at fairs and festivals across the upper Midwest and are included in European tours with the WSC Department of Music.

Renaissance enthusiasts will enjoy songs by such composers as Weelkes and Victoria, but the department has made arrangements of “Joy to the World,” “Oh Holy Night,” “A Merry Christmas” and even “Jingle Bells” by John Rutter and The King’s Singers, which will appeal to a wide audience. The meal will be a multi-course feast which is sure to delight anyone with an appetite.

Ticket prices for this event are $30 per ticket through Monday.After Monday, the ticket price increases to $35. Purchase tickets through the ticket office or via the website at

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. Please be sure to be seated 15 minutes prior to the show starting.

For more information contact Matthew Armstrong, artistic director, at 375-7358 or [email protected], or Sarah Farr, production supervisor, at 375-7406 or [email protected]