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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Madrigal Dinner, a New Holiday Tradition

BOCA RATON, FL (November 16, 2011) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a new holiday tradition as they launch their first annual Madrigal Dinner at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Boca Raton on Saturday, December 10, at 6 p.m.  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.

"We hope this will become a wonderful holiday tradition and annual fundraising event for FAU's choral and vocal studies program," said Patti Fleitas, director of FAU's vocal studies program.

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.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 561-297-2337 or visiting fauf.fau.edu/madrigal.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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