Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste
Music students from Iowa Lakes Community College will host their Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste in December. While dining in high Renaissance style, attendees will marvel and enjoy the audience-oriented performances of the Royal Iowa Lakes Chamber Singers, Her Majesty’s Recorder Consort, The King’s Brass Ensemble, Ye Olde Percussion Ensemble and My Lady of the Lakers Hand Bell Ringers.
Individuals attending will be treated like Royalty by indulging in a delicious five course meal fit for a King (or Queen!). Along with many English customs such as the procession of the Boar’s Head, a Jester, flaming pudding, and the strolling carolers, the evening also includes wassail, and a special Royal Dessert.
The college’s madrigal feast is a true to form re-enactment of a Renaissance English dinner, with one small exception: guests will have access to silverware! This dinner is based on what a person might have encountered in the 16th Century. During that time, a Lord and Lady would host a party for area Royalty. The guests, in this case, are the audience.