The Annual Madrigal Dinners at OTHS are a yuletide Renaissance themed dinner & a show, featuring the Honors Chamber Choir. It includes music, a play, accents, costumes, food, our beloved hot apple cider beverage - Wassail, and LOTS of holiday cheer, all in a Renaissance court-like setting (King, Queen, Dukes & Duchesses, Lords and ladies, barmen & barmaids, etc). If you have never been to an OTHS Madrigal Dinner (& even if you have), you are in for a real treat and kickoff to the holiday season. One of the most attended events at OTHS, the Madrigal Royal Feasts and Beggars nights are a really special tradition in our community. All are welcome to join in the merriment!
Every year, the dinners take place on the first weekend of December. This year, the dates are as follows:
The Royal Dinners (complete with salad, a full entree, and dessert) are December 2nd & 3rd at 7pm
The Beggar's Feasts (light snacks & dessert) are on
December 3rd & 4th at 1pm.
Traditionally, a madrigal (pronounced mad- rih - gull) is a type of secular vocal music common in the 14th-17th centuries. It is not to be confused with magical- though the performances often do feel that way! Though all the songs performed at the Madrigal Dinners are not madrigals themsevles, many are, and the costuming and spirit of the evening mimics that of a 14th-17th century yuletide celebration.