Northwestern's Heritage Singers to present madrigal dinners

The Northwestern College Heritage Singers will present madrigal dinners Jan. 17–19 at 7 p.m. in Vermeer Dining Hall.

The dinners, representing a 16th-century medieval feast, will feature a traditional English masque, “The Truth Fairy.” The plot centers on the expected retirement of the jester and the need to find her replacement. Suitors are willing to say anything to get the job, so the Truth Fairy is enlisted to ferret out the truth and find the most honest candidate.

“It’s a very funny drama, and the cast is outstanding,” says Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music. “It will be a delightful evening filled with entertainment, artistry and a fabulous prime-rib meal. The event makes nice gifts for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.”

The storyline will be interwoven throughout the evening. During the meal, a variety of wandering entertainment will include the Black V improv team, Renaissance dance with audience participation, a saxophone quintet, horn solo and women’s quintet.

Lois Estell, a 2006 Northwestern alumna, is serving as drama director, and the Heritage Singers are directed by Holm.

Reservations are required; tickets are $30 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Northwestern’s music department office in DeWitt Music Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They may also be ordered by mail, accompanied by payment for the required numberof tickets plus a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Make checks payable to Northwestern College and indicate your first and second choices of dates. Mail to The Truth Fairy, c/o Nora Verburg, Northwestern College, 101 7th St. SW, Orange City, IA 51041. Confirmation and tickets will be mailed in the self-addressed, stamped envelope.

For more information, visit or call the music department at 712-707-7062.