Madrigal Dinner Saturday – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Madrigal Dinner Saturday

The Colleges’ finest singers will entertain while a delicious five-course meal is served on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the annual Madrigal Dinner Concert.  Presented by the HWS music department, this year’s performance features the Colleges’ Chorale and Cantori, as well as guitar instructor Kenneth Meyer on classical guitar.

The Chorale is a mixed ensemble of students whose auditions are reviewed based on each individual’s vocal technique. The Chorale will perform a vast a cappella repertoire with selections ranging from the Middle Ages to present day.  The group annually tours in the spring and has released a compact disc of recordings.  The concert will include performances of both general and holiday repertoire.

Meyer has been described by the Washington Post as “A thinking man’s guitarist – he focuses on the inner structure of a piece…and plays with impressive gravity and power.”

Robert Cowles, professor and chair of the music department, is directing the event.  Cowles joined the HWS faculty in 1992 and has been directing the choral ensembles and conducting in the Department of Music since. He is also the artistic director of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and has conducted many world premiere performances. He’s taught choral at the Estonian Academy of Music and has conducted master classes in Finland at the Sibelius Academy of Music.

The Madrigal Dinner Concert takes place at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The meal this year is chicken piccata with the choice of nicoise olives or portobello napoleon. Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner Concert are $30, or $15 for students. 

This year the concert benefits the Geneva Theatre Guild.  In previous years, the Chorale’s Madrigal Dinner Concert has raised funds for a wide range of local organizations including the Upstate New York Chapter of the ALS Association, Rape and Abuse Crisis Services of the Finger Lakes, Geneva Community Lunch Program Energy Fund, and Success for Geneva’s Children and the Geneva City Schools Music Program.  Each year the dinner concert raises about $2,000 for the chosen organization.