The Department of Music in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present A Yuletide Madrigal Feast, on Thursday, Dec. 6, Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Alumni Memorial Hall of Randolph Hall.
The award-winning College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, will perform sacred and secular traditional holiday season carols, such as Coventry Carol, Once in Royal David’s City, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each of the three evenings will be filled with Renaissance entertainment and a feast fit for royalty. The Renaissance menu will consist of Cornish hen, haricot vert, wild rice, apple caramel tart, coffee and wine. Wassail will also be served. Tickets are $60 general admission and $40 for College of Charleston faculty and staff, sold in advance until two days prior to each performance. Seating is limited, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Reservations, (843) 953-8231.
The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers is an auditioned ensemble made up of students from the College’s Concert Choir that specializes in chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The Madrigal Singers are perhaps best known for their annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast and are also annually featured on the Early Music Series and the Young Artists Series in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. They also frequently have performed and toured with Steve Rosenberg and Charleston Pro Musica, and they function as the community outreach arm of the choral program, performing for various civic functions and charitable organizations.
Robert Taylor, Director of Choral Activities at the College, is also director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, and the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston – the Taylor Festival Choir. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University and is an experienced soloist, having sung leading tenor roles in a variety of operas, oratorios and musicals.