Each year the Hobart and William Smith Chorale exercises the healing power of music by hosting a Madrigal Dinner concert to benefit a worthy local cause. This year’s dinner will benefit research and education for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” by way of the ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter.
“Over the past decade, the Madrigal Dinner has become an increasingly popular holiday tradition for many in the HWS community,” says director of the Colleges’ Chorale and Professor of Music Bob Cowles. “We are resolved always to pass along any proceeds from the event to a deserving charitable cause.”
The event is a five-course meal, catered by Sodexho campus services, and is interspersed with music provided by the Chorale and Cantori, featuring secular works from the Renaissance, seasonal 20th-century English anthems, and a medley of African American Christmas spirituals. In addition, classical guitarist and Applied Music Instructor Kenneth Meyer will perform.
The Madrigal Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets are $25 (general) and $15 (HWS students) and must be purchased by Dec. 1. To order tickets, you can print the following ticket order form: http://people.hws.edu/musicman/Madrigal_Dinner/.
“People tend to feel good when they are able to donate some money and, as a musical ensemble, our ongoing principal interest is in performing for appreciative audiences,” reflects Cowles. “So, in the case of the Madrigal Dinner, if we can manage to give well-received performances while at the same time enable an important cause to be benefitted, then everybody wins.”
Past Madrigal Dinners have benefitted The Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, Head Start Geneva, Geneva City Music Schools Program, Rape & Abuse Crisis Services of the Finger Lakes, Success for Geneva’s Children, Geneva Community Lunch Program Energy Fund and Rape and Abuse Crisis Service of the Finger Lakes.