Led by Professor of Music Robert Cowles, the Colleges Chorale and Cantori will perform at the annual Madrigal Dinner concert on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. Proceeds from the event will benefit Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, an organization that assists individuals, children and families who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse and interpersonal violence in Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties.
“The first Madrigal Dinner concert took place in 2001, and since then it has grown into something of a beloved tradition, both on campus as well as throughout the broader Geneva community,” says Cowles. “There are a remarkable 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 great things.“
The Colleges Chorale is a 30-member mixed group ensemble that performs a wide range of a cappella choral literature, including a repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Colleges Cantori is a smaller 15-voice group made up of members from the Colleges Chorale.
In previous years, the dinner has raised as much as $2,500 for organizations such as Geneva Head Start, the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, Geneva Reads, 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 the artistic director of Syracuse Camerata, 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 must be purchased before Monday, Nov. 30, and are available for purchase here.