Led by Professor of Music Robert Cowles, the Colleges Chorale and Cantori will perform at the annual Madrigal Dinner concert on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.
“The first Madrigal Dinner concert took place in 2000, and since then it has grown into something of a beloved tradition, both on campus as well as throughout the broader Geneva community,” Cowles says. “There are quite a number of really great nonprofit enterprises in and around Geneva, whose express purpose in some way is to make our world a better place. The Madrigal Dinner has been a nice way over the years 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.”
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. The Colleges Cantori is a 15-voice group made up of members from the Colleges Chorale.
In past years, the dinner has raised $2,000-$3,000 for organizations such as Geneva Head Start, Geneva Reads, Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes and the Upstate New York Chapter of the ALS Association.
Cowles serves as chair of the Music Department and has been a member of the faculty since 1992, directing choral ensembles and teaching music theory and conducting. He is also artistic director of Seneca Camerata, a semi-professional chamber choir. In May 2017 members of both the Chorale and Seneca Camerata will take an historic tour to Havana, Cuba, to participate in an international choral festival.
Tickets for the Madrigal Concert can be purchased on the HWS website until Monday, Nov. 28.