It’s Time Again For Madrigal Feast

Claremont McKenna College will host its 22nd annual Madrigal Dinner event for six nights in December, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Madrigal, an annual holiday feast and celebration derived from Renaissance England, combines traditional medieval holiday food with music and entertainment. Programs begin each evening as guests are escorted to linen-draped tables topped with lighted candles, poinsettias, cheese, bread, and wine, and follow with a sumptuous, multi-course meal.

With the arrival of interim music director Stephen Gothold, music and caroling for this year’s feast, provided by The Claremont Colleges Chamber Choir (whose members include students from CMC, Scripps, CGU and Harvey Mudd) is expected to differ slightly from previous events, says Athenaeum manager Dave Edwards.

Madrigal was brought to CMC by the Athenaeum’s original manager, Harold Bauer, who started the tradition at CMC after celebrating it for many years at the University of Maryland.

Performances on Dec. 2, 7, and 8 are reserved for CMC students at the price of one meal plus $10. The public may purchase tickets to attend performances on Dec. 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8 for $35. The Dec. 4 performance is by invitation.

For more information about the Madrigal celebration, contact David Edwards or Bonnie Snortum at: 909-621-8244, or visit the Athenaeum online at: athenaeum@claremontmckenna.edu