A yuletide feast: Princeton High School’s Madrigal Dinner

Madrigal dinner castmembers at the head table. During the dinner, guests were treated to several courses of food, including Cornish game hen and bread pudding. A skit titled “The Byrds and the Bees,” written by retired Princeton High School English teacher James Tomsky, was performed. Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times Costumed members of the Princeton High  School choirs sing for madrigal attendees at their tables. Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times The Madrigal dinner features music from several different sources: members of Princeton High School’s choirs, a small Madrigal brass ensemble, and a choir of recorder players, pictured here visiting a table during the dinner. Photo by Austin, Union-Times Members of a small singing group at the madrigal dinner. Selections performed at madrigal dinners vary, but some pieces and types of music tend to be traditional, like “The Wassail Song” (also known as “Here We Come A-wassailing”) and the “Boar’s Head Carol,” which is sung as a (fake) boar’s head is brought out and served to the head table.  Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times Tessa Anderson as the court jester. Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times
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Members of a small singing group at the madrigal dinner. Selections performed at madrigal dinners vary, but some pieces and types of music tend to be traditional, like “The Wassail Song” (also known as “Here We Come A-wassailing”) and the “Boar’s Head Carol,” which is sung as a (fake) boar’s head is brought out and served to the head table. Photo by Austin Gerth, Union-Times