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Tickets go on sale Nov. 20 for MSU's classic Madrigal Dinner

November 12, 2010

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Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, for Montana State University's popular Madrigal Dinner, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Strand Student Union Ballrooms on the MSU campus.

Tickets are $35, cash or check accepted, and will be sold until noon, in the lobby of Howard Hall on the MSU campus. Doors to the lobby will open at 6 a.m.

Tickets not sold Nov. 20 will be on sale from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Department of Music office in Howard Hall.

The MSU Department of Music production, now in its 45th year, transports contemporary guests to a Renaissance feast. For two nights, the MSU SUB ballroom is transformed into a great baronial hall. SUB catering creates a traditional Renaissance dinner with a gourmet twist, and knaves and wenches perform traditional carols sung for centuries during the twelve days of Christmas.

The dinner and performance is a cherished Bozeman tradition, said Kirk Aamot, professor of choral music and director of the MSU Chorale and the Montanans, who both perform accompanied by the MSU Brass Quintet.

Paul Birkeland, director of MSU catering, and his crew will prepare more than 200 dinners for each performance. This year's menu features a pork loin dinner or a vegetarian option. The dinner ends with traditional English fig pudding.

Proceeds from the event fund MSU student scholarships.

The MSU company will also produce the Madrigal Dinner Friday, Dec. 3, at the Gallatin Gateway Inn and on Monday, Dec. 6, at Buck's T-4 in Big Sky. Tickets for the Dec. 3 performance may be purchased by calling the Inn at (406) 994-3562. Tickets for the Big Sky performance are available from the Big Sky Association for the Arts, (406) 995-2742.

Kirk Aamot (406) 994-5755, kaamot@montana.edu