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Madrigal Dinner Supports Performing Arts

Led by Professor of Music Robert Cowles, the annual Madrigal Dinner Concert featuring the HWS Colleges Chorale and the smaller ensemble Cantori will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

The Colleges Chorale is a mixed 35-voice ensemble of students whose auditions are evaluated on vocal technique and musicianship. The Chorale traditionally performs a wide a cappella repertoire — selections from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Cowles chairs 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 the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, a semi-professional chamber choir. He is known as a champion of new music, having conducted numerous world-premiere performances during his tenure at HWS.

Tickets for the event cost $30 for general admission, $15 for HWS students. They can be ordered online, Madrigal Dinner tickets, or by writing to Reservations must be placed by Monday, Dec. 2.

Proceeds from the five-course dinner event will benefit the HWS Performing Arts Initiative. In previous years, these benefits have raised more than $1,000 for area organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Geneva and the Geneva Head Start program.