For 25 years, the music students of Evergreen High School have presented the annual Madrigal event. The celebration began many years ago as a Madrigal dinner, and over the years has evolved into a Madrigal Marketplace and Faire. On Saturday, Dec. 3, visitors can enjoy strolling minstrels, jugglers and a taste of Jolly Olde England to kick off the holiday season.
“The wonderful thing about this event is that it’s always fresh — even 25 years later,” says Laurie Romberg. “Each year the high school has new talent. This year, EHS has quite a few music students in the state band and choir. The Madrigal event is a great showcase of the caliber of student ability at the high school.”
Each year, the students dress up in Renaissance garb and perform on three stages throughout the Madrigal Marketplace. Visitors may encounter a flute duet, a quartet of singing wenches or a Madrigal performance by members of the EHS jazz band. While enjoying the sounds of King Henry’s court, visitors can give back to the EHS music program by shopping at the Marketplace. Each year community members donate silent-auction items and holiday gifts for purchase, and all proceeds benefit the EHS music program. The music department will also have Christmas trees and poinsettias for purchase. Young visitors can enjoy making swords or regal princess hats in the Kids Corner.
Ticket buyers can take advantage of two start times for the Madrigal Faire, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Children under 5 are admitted free, and tickets for all other attendees are $10. The price of admission includes admittance to the Madrigal Faire and Marketplace, a hot or cold beverage, a ticket for one carnival game, a holiday treat and a seat at the holiday Madrigal concert. Seating times for the concert will depend upon visitors’ admission time to the Faire. The concerts are the annual end-of-semester holiday concerts. The performances feature students from the EHS choirs, chorale groups, band and orchestra.
“The concerts are such a great opportunity for the talented students at Evergreen High School to give the community the holiday gift of music,” Romberg says.
To order tickets visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event
/211643. For more information, call Tobia Zehnder at 303-679-3529.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.