Community Invited to MadriGala 2015, a Festive, Renaissance-Themed Concert, Dec. 11

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will present the 38th annual MadriGala concert, “Something Olde, Something Yule” on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited to this festive event.

MadriGala 2015 will feature merry madrigals and carols, pageantry, dance, and humor, performed by the JJC Chamber Singers, JJC Brass Quintet, and jesters. Special musical guests will be the 5th and 6th grade choir from Richland Junior High School in Crest Hill. During intermission, a selection of savory hors d’oeuvres and delightful desserts will be served on the Bridge, prepared by the nationally acclaimed JJC Culinary Arts Department under the supervision of Chef Kyle Richardson.

Philip Spencer, Director of Choral and Vocal Music at JJC since 2001, serves as musical director of MadriGala. He is also conductor of the JJC Chamber Singers, the college’s auditioned choral ensemble, which will perform a number of traditional madrigals as well as seasonal carols from around the world in several languages. The JJC Brass Quintet, under the direction of Charles Morgan, Director of Bands and Brass, will provide Renaissance and seasonal instrumental music during the reception. The MadriGala staff also includes Fine Arts Stage Manager and Drama Director Nicki Blowers.

Tickets for this evening of musical and culinary delights are just $12 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office at (815) 280-2200. The deadline for purchasing advance tickets is Wednesday, Dec. 9. Seating in the Fine Arts Theatre is limited and assigned according to the date when payment is received. A few tickets may also be available at the door.

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