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Madrigal Dinner

February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 — Come spend a Friday or Saturday evening with nobles of the royal court, back when a weekend meant jesters, jugglers, chansons and the raising of the Wassail glass. Since 1991, the Drexel Chamber Singers have presented a new storyline each year at their Madrigal Dinner. This year audiences will be transported to the Elizabethan sounds, tastes, and courtly shenanigans of 1586, on February 26 and 27 (2016) at 7:30pm (Great Court, Main Building, 31st & Chestnut Streets). The festive evening features madrigals, flute songs, lieds, sword-fighting and, of course, dinner.

Conducted by Dr. Steven Powell for the last 25 years, the Madrigal Dinner is directed this year by Daniel Spratlan, acting director of Drexel choral activities, while Dr. Powell is on sabbatical.

This year the tradition is being shaken up with a light fare occasion on Friday night, replete with festive hors d’oeuvres and dessert. The full Renaissance dinner on Saturday night will be served family-style at wide banquet tables, featuring the traditional Boar’s Head carol. Both nights feature the Drexel Chamber Singers performing music from England’s Elizabethan period in full Renaissance costume, with storytelling, comedy and brass fanfares.

Click to purchase tickets, which are $15 for Friday night (including light fare) and $21.95 for Saturday night (including the Renaissance-style meal). Balcony seating will also be available on both nights at a discount rate of $3. This special discount ticket is for the concert only.

For more information, please contact the Performing Arts office at 215-895-2451 or