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FAU Presents Several Holiday Concerts

‘Messiah,’ ‘Madrigal Dinner’ and ‘Tuba Christmas’ are on the Schedule

  BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 21, 2013) – The Department of Music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present several holiday concerts. Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. More than 270 years since it premiered, the “Messiah” remains one of the most popular holiday musical traditions ever. The concert will be presented by FAU student and alumni choral groups. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting, by calling 1-800-564-9539, or at the Box Office in the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Then on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Department of Music continues its holiday tradition in presenting its annual Madrigal Dinner. The dinners will take place at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. The event reflects a Renaissance evening full of pageantry and entertainment, including a court jester, wandering minstrels and other characters, as well as delicious succulent food and extraordinary music.

The dinner is modeled after the feasts of the Renaissance when Lords and Ladies of large manors would prepare huge holiday celebrations. Following a cocktail hour, guests will be invited into the dining room and seated at their tables. The king and queen will then enter the room leading a procession of their noble guests, which will include FAU’s madrigal singers, costumed true to the period. A full-course meal will be served with instrumental fanfares announcing meal courses and events. Following dinner, a concert of seasonal and madrigal music will entertain guests. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes.

Tickets for this event are $100 and include a $65 tax-deductible donation to the Department of Music. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 561-297-2337 or visiting The Madrigal Dinner is sponsored by Madelyn Savarick.

Finally, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m., Sean Murray will lead FAU’s tuba and euphonium players in a Tuba Christmas celebration. This will take place at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. This tradition was started by Indiana University professor Harvey G. Phillips, and this will be the third annual presentation for FAU. This is an outdoor free event and audience members should bring chairs or blankets. For more information, call 561-297-3853 or visit

All music concerts at FAU are sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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