The Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall is about to undergo a transformation into a Renaissance feasting hall, replete with court nobles, a jester, court musicians, heralding trumpets, elegant food and divine music. The Xavier music department is presenting the first of what it hopes will become an annual Madrigal dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m.
The dinner, prepared by Sodexho Chef Larry Adams, formerly of Cincinnati’s Omni Hotel, will be a traditional Elizabethan feast. After a cocktail hour, a several-course meal is being served, including a salad of Scottish eggs and mixed greens, hot wassail, prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, and an English custard cake with Devonshire cream anglaise.
The University’s vocal chamber ensemble is dressing in Renaissance finery and being seated at the high table. The ensemble is providing musical entertainment throughout the evening. After the dinner, they are concluding the evening by performing a brief concert of Christmas favorites.
Other entertainment for dinner guests includes a court jester, a harpist, a Celtic band and carolers. Proceeds from the dinner are helping to support future music department productions.
The cost of the dinner, which is open to the public, is $80 per person.