NORMAL -- Succeeding a 55-year tradition, Illinois State University's "Madrigal Eve" is a debut presentation that continues to feature the acclaimed ISU Madrigal Singers.
The updated version of ISU Madrigal Dinners spotlights the singers and great music. The Dec. 9-10 event, presented by the ISU College of Fine Arts, the School of Music and University Galleries, embarks in the artfully and elegantly decorated Great Hall of the Illinois State University Alumni Center.
Patrons will delight in traditional madrigals and carols, accompanied by tasty appetizers, steamy wassail and a cash bar.
The evening progresses into the main hall with the Boar's Head Carol, where there will be desserts (including a fabulous Boar's Head cake!) and an extraordinary Winter Scene art exhibit by artists Herb Eaton, Mark Forth and selections from the Normal Editions Workshop.
The Madrigal Singers will present a concert featuring John Rutter's "When Icicles Hang." It is a suite of pieces describing the tales, woes, wonders and joys of winter.
Another extraordinary component of the concert is the world premiere of Matthew Halper's "Byron Songs," beautiful settings of poetry accompanied by ISU guitar professor Angelo Favis.
This refreshing concept of the ISU Madrigals will prove to be a splendid way to start the holiday season.
Groups and families can come together and enjoy this celebration crafted by the blending of new musical and visual art with long-standing traditions. Wassail!
Carlson is director of ISU's choral programs.
ISU's Madrigal Eve
When: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9-10
Where: ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal
Tickets: $15, available at Ticketmaster, the ISU Center for Performing Arts ticket office and by calling 309-438-2535
More information: 309-438-2012