The Colleges will host the Madrigal Dinner, an annual celebration derived from traditions dating to the English Renaissance, on Saturday, Dec. 2. Featuring a five-course meal and live entertainment, and with proceeds benefitting the Geneva Education Foundation, the 2017 Madrigal Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
The Office of the President has donated a number of discounted student tickets that can be obtained from members of the Chorale. Tickets can also be purchased online until Monday, Nov. 27.
Led by Professor of Music Robert Cowles, the HWS Chorale and Cantori will perform their general and holiday repertoires during the event, which will also include an excerpted performance by the cast of the Colleges’ fall 2017 production of “Macbeth.”
After more than 15 years, the Madrigal Dinner “has grown into something of a beloved tradition, both on campus as well as throughout the broader Geneva community,” Cowles says. “The Madrigal Dinner has been a nice way to acknowledge the critically important work of many of these groups and, through the proceeds we raise, hopefully enable them to accomplish even more than they already have.”
Incorporated in 2014, the Geneva Education Foundation is the result of the Geneva 2020 initiative and serves to supplement and enhance educational opportunities in the Geneva City School District.
In past years, the dinner has raised $2,000 to $3,000 for organizations such as Geneva Head Start, Geneva Reads, Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.
The Colleges Chorale is a 30-member mixed ensemble that performs a wide range of choral literature, including repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day. Cantori is a 15-voice group made up of members from the Colleges Chorale.