Several Christmas-themed arts events will take place at SDSU in December, including a Madrigal Dinner, the annual Christmas Choral Concert, and a performance of “Christmas Celebration” through State University theater and dance.
The Madrigal Dinners are a recreation of an Elizabethan-era Christmas feast and will feature performances by 20 head table singers, the Westminster Singers and King’s Carolers and the SDSU Concert Choir.
Dinners will take place on Thursday, December 2; Friday December 3; Saturday December 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday December 5 at 5 p.m.
This year marks the 18th Biennial Dinner Show at Madrigal. The music will be on the theme of Christmas and winter, with some songs from the 15th century.
The dinner-theater show is expected to last an hour and a half and will include a four-course meal.
For the first time, the dinner will be held in the Volstroff Ballroom of the University’s Students Union, as opposed to the Larson Memorial Concert Hall where it has been held in the past.
Participants have historically included community members, students, alumni and families, some of whom have made a tradition of attending the show.
“Alumni from years ago come, and they stand up and sing,” said Laura Diddle, director of choral activities at SDSU. “People come a four to six hour drive away and stay in hotels so they can come to this production because they’ve been coming for 10 to 12 years.”
Ethan Dingman, a young music education student from Sioux Falls, plays the role of the king.
“We’ve had people before who really liked a specific piece. They’ll say “we couldn’t go to see our family for Christmas, seeing your performance really made our day, made our Christmas time,” Dingman said.
Tickets cost $ 50 and can be purchased on the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center website.
Holiday choral Christmas concert
The annual Holiday Choral Yuletide concert features performances by the concert choir, choir and statesmen.
The performance will take place on Sunday, December 12, with two screenings at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Larson Concert Memorial Hall. Tickets cost $ 10 and admission is free for students with a student card.
Each choir will perform 4-5 pieces individually and together as a mass ensemble with over 250 musicians.
“For our big pieces, we have a lot of instruments that are going to play with us, like a violin, clarinet, and double bass just to add more color to the songs,” said Dingman, who will also be performing in the Yuletide. Concert.
The songs will include secular, sacred and winter themes.
“It’s just a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit before you get home,” Diddle said.
“A Christmas party: a new beginning”
State University Theater and Dance will present a Christmas-themed performance titled “A Celebration of Christmas: A New Beginning” on December 11-12.
The show will take place at the Oscar Larson Theater at 7:30 pm Tickets are $ 10, but admission is free with a student ID.
The performance, which combines elements of theater and dance, will explore how the story of Christmas can help audiences reflect on humanity and purpose.
“I think the Christmas story can help us think about how we might give to others and practice kindness unconditionally,” said Melissa Hauschild-Mork, associate professor of dance at SDSU.
Different from past performances, the show has been reworked, now including new narration and scripted parts.
The changes to the show are mostly due to the disbandment of a community choir that was traditionally part of the performance, according to Mork.
“We weren’t sure if we were going to continue the performance, as the connection between the community choir and the performance has always been a strong presence,” Mork said.
The decision to continue the show came from past support from community members.
“We really felt like we couldn’t let go of the performance,” Mork said.
Current students and community members. Traditionally, there has also been a strong involvement of alumni.
“It’s really fun to see some of the former Melissa dancers who graduated from the program come back because they love the show so much and they love the story so much that it has a special place in her heart,” said Kelsey Werpy, Brookings Performer and Major Junior in Theater.