Each year, the Hobart and William Smith Chorale hosts a Madrigal Dinner concert to benefit a worthy local cause. This year, the dinner will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, and the beneficiary will be the Geneva Reads Program.
“The Geneva Reads Initiative is a wonderful program aimed at building literacy skills for people of all ages in the Geneva community,” explains Director of the Colleges’ Chorale and Professor of Music Bob Cowles. “The collaborative efforts between the Geneva Public Library, the schools, the city, and other community organizations deserves our support, and the Madrigal Dinner benefit is but one way that we can help them.”
The Madrigal Dinner Concert will include a lavish five-course meal and performances by the Colleges’ Chorale and Cantori. The Chorale is an ensemble of students whose auditions are reviewed based on each individual’s vocal technique. It will perform a vast a cappella repertoire with selections ranging from the Middle Ages to present day.
In previous years, the 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, 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.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Tickets $30 for general admission, $15 for students.