KHS’ Madrigal Feaste: a 36-year tradition

By on December 13, 2013
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Photo: KHS senior Kayla Hedgren performs a solo during the KHS Madrigal performance at the Sugar Grove Library Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk

MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland High School Madrigal Feaste performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Kaneland High School cafeteria, 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park, where a meal will be served.

The Madrigal production involves nearly 100 Kaneland students who combine their talents in music and drama to celebrate the holiday season. Ticket orders for this reenactment of a 10th century English madrigal feaste are currently being accepted. To order tickets online, visit the Kaneland District 302 website, www.kaneland.org.

Madrigal singing came to England from Italy in the late 16th century, and was used as private entertainment at the castles and country homes of English nobility. The Kaneland Madrigals replicate this tradition by dressing in authentic looking costumes and singing Old English and traditional Christmas carols. In addition to the four dinner performances, the Kaneland Madrigals make numerous appearances in the Fox Valley area throughout the holiday season.

The Kaneland Madrigal Singers is under the direction of Bryan Kunstman. The group is composed of students who were selected from the award-winning Kaneland High School Chorus, and many were also chosen to sing with the IMEA District IX Chorus.

For more information, contact Kaneland High School at (630) 365-5100, or visit www.kaneland.org.