Student Choir Revives the Renaissance for Yuletide Madrigal Feast

The Department of Music at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will presents its annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast, featuring student choralYuletide Madrigal Feast singers, December 4 – 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Randolph Hall’s Alumni Memorial Hall (66 George St.). This ticketed event is open to the public, and costs $70 for preferred seating, $60 for general admission and $40 for College faculty and staff. Tickets are sold up to two days in advance of each performance and can be purchased at 828.432.7271.

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The award-winning Madrigal Singers, conducted by Professor and Director of Choral Activities Robert Taylor, will perform sacred and secular holiday season carols, such as “Coventry Carol,” “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Carol of the Bells.” Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a traditional yuletide feast including Cornish hen, haricot vert (green beans), wild rice, apple caramel tart, coffee, wine and Wassail, an ancient English mulled cider.

The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers is an auditioned ensemble made up of students from the College’s Concert Choir that specializes in chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. They are well known for the annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast and for their regular performances in the Early Music Seires and Young Artists Series in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

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The Madrigal Singers also function as the community-outreach arm of the choral program, performing for various civic functions and charitable organizations.

In addition to his choral duties at the College, Taylor also directs the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston (the Taylor Festival Choir).