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John HartPerformers in the Madrigal Dinner fundraiser are Kurt Hardin (front), a junior, and Cassie Scott a senior, in back are Danny Douros a senior, and Myfanwy Rowlands a junior.
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Thirty-two Nevada Union Chamber Choir members invite you into their world; a world not only consisting of singing and the arts, but a world from the past.

When the 18th annual Madrigal Dinner is presented, Dec. 5 through Dec. 8, those willing to travel back in time will be offered a glimpse into this Renaissance world with a package including humorous skits and an accompanying medieval feast.

The event, which is a principal fund-raiser for the NU Choral department, has seen only one major change this time around. Regularly held in St. Joseph’s Hall at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, the performances will now be seen at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City.



“We’re just trying a different facility to see how it works. The Miners Foundry approached us, and we thought we’d give it a try for one year,” said NU Chamber Choir director Rod Baggett.

For the 2002 dinner, the skits and songs revolve around the main plot of King Henry 8th’s sister marrying behind his back.




The King is, of course, “royally” upset and thus the plot unfolds. Regardless of any plot or story line, the Madrigal Dinner continues to draw enthusiasm from both sides of the curtain.

“I definitely think it’s something that everyone looks forward to,” said NU senior Caitlin Blackhum.

Although it will be Blackhum’s fourth appearance at the dinner, this year marks the first time she will actually sing. “Everything is new this year. I think it’s going to be fun – I’m really not that nervous,” said Blackhum.

Blackhum will not be the only of her peers to seem nerve-free, since the intense rehearsal times have only increased since earlier this month. Practices have been held morning, noon and night. If you would like to immerse yourself in the music and the costumes, call in your reservation as the shows will fill up.

something that everyone looks forward to,” said NU senior Caitlin Blackhum.

Although it will be Blackhum’s fourth appearance at the dinner, this year marks the first time she will actually sing. “Everything is new this year. I think it’s going to be fun – I’m really not that nervous,” said Blackhum.

Blackhum will not be the only one of her peers to seem nerve-free, since the intense rehearsal times have only increased since earlier this month.

Practices have been held morning, noon and night. If you would like to immerse yourself in the music and the costumes, call in your reservation as the shows will fill up.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Nevada Union Choir’s 18th annual Madrigal Dinner

WHEN: Dec. 5, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $22.50 per person, doors open 1 hour before the show. Reservations required.

INFORMATION:

272-5910


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