In the style of Merrie Olde England with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare, Arkansas State University Choirs will present their annual Madrigal Feaste. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will host the evening's entertainment. They will serve as the court of "King Henry the Eighth of England, Jonesboro and Craighead County."
Guests will enjoy the wassail bowl beginning 15 minutes prior to seating, which begins with the first fanfare at 7 p.m. each evening, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2. The festivities will be in the Grand Hall of Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr. Proceeds will benefit the A-State Choirs. Music for the feaste will include traditional carols by the servers and audience, brass fanfares and harpsichord solos, as well as madrigals and chansons by the royal court.
The entertainment will be led by Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities at A-State. "The 2017 A-State Department of Music Madrigal Feaste continues a 19-year tradition of presenting music, dance and short plays representing the Renaissance era in Great Britain," Miller said. "Studying the music and dance, costumes and dialect of the time near the reign of King Henry the Eighth is a valuable part of the choral musician's preparation - it's great fun for performers and audience members, and a delicious meal for our guests."
(UPDATE: EVENT IS SOLD OUT) Tickets for performances will be available through Monday, Nov. 27, at the A-State Central Box Office, by telephone at (870) 972-2781, or online at AState.edu/tickets. Seats for the performances are reserved and are limited by space available. Ticket prices are $40 for the general public, and $35 for A-State faculty, staff and students, senior citizens, or groups of eight or more.