Centenary College Camerata Madrigal Dinner
The madrigal dinner was a 16th century pre-Christmas celebration and feast given by the wealthy for their court and friends. Castle dining halls were transformed with the reds and greens of Christmas. Feasts were prepared and entertainment planned throughout the meal. Guests dined, enjoyed music, danced and "made merry" until the hosts declared it an evening. This historical court feast was hosted by a lord and lady who presented a lavish evening for friends to begin the Christmas season celebration.
There were strolling entertainers, jugglers, fencing, a court jester, singers and of course, the royal court. Throughout the event, audience members feasted on a delicious meal while listening to a variety of Christmas carols and secular music presented by the singers of Camerata as well as the Chorale from Centenary College. There were also solo singers, instrumentalists and other entertainment that provided distractions in the tradition of Renaissance court life.
Nov 19, 2010