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Renaissance feast deemed to be dazzling
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A Renaissance feast with all the trimmings will be coming soon.

The Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir and Windfall choirs will present its second annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner Dec. 2-3 at the Legacy Clubhouse Pavilion at Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

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A Madrigal Dinner is a 21st Century re-creation of the Renaissance feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the 12 days of Christmas. Choir director Brian Stubbs said those living in England during the 16th century, who’re lucky enough to be one of the favored guests, were dazzled with stunning pageantry, bawdy humor, endless amounts of succulent food and extraordinary music. The line between sacred and secular was thinly drawn.

The BHS choir’s 21st Century recreation of the England feasts, Stubbs said would be entertaining, “though not as risqué (as the 16th Century), but nevertheless every bit as dazzling. The royal court, with the king and queen, and a possible profusion of cast members including a court jester, wandering minstrels, itinerant actors, recorders, brass ensembles and all sorts of characters, combine in their early English dialogue, laughter and songs to bring to the audience a wonderful immersion into Renaissance England. The ambiance of the evening will be one of warmth, laughter, love and joy.”

Most Madrigal Dinners use a Renaissance “masque,” or play during the evening as the focus of the entertainment. The masque generally ties together the main theme of the event, beginning with a welcome by the jester and continuing through short entertainment during the meal, culminating in the presentation of the masque itself. A short concert by the full choir follows the play.

Tickets are $30 on Thursday and $35 on Friday and price includes entertainment and song along with a four course dinner.

Tickets must be pre-purchased and seating is limited. Reserved tickets are available the BHS office at 702 S. Fifth St., Brainerd, by calling 454-6200 or emailing shirley.freeman@isd181.org. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis. A maximum of eight people are seated at each table. No refunds will be available.

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