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FHS ‘Madrigal Singers’ are back

Farragut High School’s Madrigal Singers, a town of Farragut Christmas favorite, is back with its 31st annual dinners.

The Singers will perform at Town Hall for the 16th annual Celebrate the Season event tonight, Dec. 3.

Kenton Deitch is the choral director who treasures the choral ensemble and its talent.

He said, “If we’d broadcast stories about students like mine, who volunteer so much of their time to make others happy, our world would be a better place because the people that watch the news would strive to be good people.”

Carey Crowe started the madrigals. They were continued when Ginny Herrick took his place after he retired, and now Deitch is “honored to continue the long-standing tradition,” he said.

His students enjoy being members of the Madrigal Singers. Most of the members are All-State winners who will perform with other singers from the United States in spring 2010.

The Madrigal Singers represent a feast that may have taken place in the Middle Ages or Renaissance time period.

Often madrigal scripts revolve around the marriage of a prince or princess. This year’s theme is lighthearted and based around the birthday celebration of the king’s 5-year-old daughter.

Of course it will have the standard Wassail, Boar’s Head, and dessert song to go along with the evening. Included is a 40-minute post-dinner concert.

His students practice in class for about six weeks prior to the first performance (in time for the winter holidays). Class time is an hour-and-a-half per class period.

Deitch hopes all of his students will have an increased appreciation for vocal music and will continue to use their gift long after they graduate FHS, he said.

“Whether they join a college choir, church choir, barbershop group or any other group doesn’t matter; I simply hope they keep singing and supporting the arts,” he added.

Emily Eaton, an FHS Madrigal Singer, said, “I love getting the chance to do Madrigal performances and getting to spend so much time with friends that love to sing as much as I do. It’s a really close group and performing together is always fun, especially around Christmas time,” she added.

Eaton has been in chorus at FHS for three years. This is her first year in choral ensemble.

The Singers will be performing at the Bridgemore subdivision clubhouse off McFee Road, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec 12. Appetizers and desserts will be served, followed by the Madrigal performance lasting about 45 minutes. Cost is $10 for the lunch event.

At 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec 13, a full dinner will be served with dessert. The singers will be acting out a script, demonstrating traditional uses of holiday favorites. They will follow with their 45 minute performance. Cost is $20.

At the Bridgmore event, the Madrigals will be dressed in medieval costumes and celebrate their 31st year of Madrigal dinners.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Madrigal Singers join with the men’s and women’s choruses in FHS’ auditorium for a Christmas concert.


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