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Oct. 31, 2001
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OSWEGO -- A holiday tradition will return as the SUNY Oswego music and theatre departments present the Renaissance Madrigal Banquet in The Forum in Hewitt Union on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a 16th-century style feast while being entertained by vocal and instrumental music of the Renaissance and a rollicking Commedia-inspired farce performed by entertainers in period costume.
The scene is an evening hosted by members of the Partridge family at their home, the manor house at Canon Peon in the South of England in the year 1599. The festivities will include a comic play, "The Woman Who Was Believed Dead," about wily servants trying to outwit their masters and young lovers attempting to outsmart their parents, and an unusual three-legged talking dog.
"The cast of characters wearing high Elizabethan costumes, designed by Kitty Macey, the vocal and instrumental music led by Julie Pretzat and Marilynn Smiley, and the creative menu developed by Ruth Scullin and her staff all combine for an evening of merriment that delights the senses," said Mark Cole, chair of the college's theatre department and one of the co-directors of the event.
This year's menu includes hot mulled cider or spiced wine, mushroom pastries, ribollita, chicken in a spiced cheese overcoat, trout with lemon stuffing, roast pig with Corriander-Carraway sauce, baked courgette mould, cabbage with bacon, buttered parsnips, roasted carrots, spinach pasties, sweet and sour red cabbage, salad with Old World breads, apple and lemon bake, pear tart, summer pudding, spiced chocolate cake, almond cookies, rice pudding, coffee and tea. The food is developed and prepared by the college's Auxiliary Services.
The Renaissance Madrigal Banquet will feature the Chamber Singers, a select group of 11 vocalists under the direction of music Professor Pretzat. "They perform madrigals of the medieval and Renaissance periods in several languages, as well as period Christmas music," Pretzat said.
Under the direction of Smiley, Oswego's distinguished teaching professor of music, the Recorder Consort will perform dance and other instrumental music of the Renaissance.
The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Dinner reservations are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and students and $28 for SUNY Oswego students. For information or reservations, which must be made by Nov. 28, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail
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