Xavier music department presents Advent Lessons and Carols service and annual Renaissance feast

Reservations for the Madrigal Dinner are due by Dec. 1 | November 30, 2010

Xavier University’s Department of Music is presenting its two annual Christmas events beginning Friday, Dec. 3, with the Advent Lessons and Carols Service in Bellarmine Chapel on campus at 7:30 p.m. The service is modeled after the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, England, and features scripture readings, congregational hymn singing, and the Xavier choral ensembles.

Featured choirs include Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Schola Cantorum and Harmonia Sacra Xavieriana. The choirs are under the direction of Tom Merrill, chair of the music department, and Scot Buzza, music coordinator for University events. The service is free and open to the public.

Also, on Dec. 11, the department presents the ninth annual Madrigal Dinner in the Conaton Board Room in Xavier’s Schmidt Hall. Resembling a Renaissance feasting hall, the dinner includes court nobles, musicians, heralding trumpets, elegant food and vocal music beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Funds raised by the dinner support the department’s year-round productions. Cost is $80 per person and includes an open bar. After a cocktail hour, guests enjoy a traditional Elizabethan feast, seated at festively adorned tables. The Christmas meal includes Wassail (hot apple cider), Yorkshire pudding and traditional favorites.

Xavier’s Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble performs during the event under the direction of Master of Ceremonies Tom Merrill, assistant professor of music. Singers and director all are dressed in Renaissance finery and provide musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 513-745-3801 by Dec. 1.