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Mardi Gras Madrigals—Eat with your hands and hear great music

madrigalsIf you like watching jugglers, wearing silly hats, eating with your hands, and listening to music from the Middle Ages, then you really need to attend Augsburg’s annual Mardi Grad Madrigals dinner.

This event features jugglers and musicians, storytellers and poets, and a feast—eaten without utensils, of course. Local high school choirs are invited to perform, and this year’s dinner features a special performance by the Schola Goliardi, Augsburg’s new Medieval music ensemble directed by guest artist Jordan Sramek, artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Rose Ensemble. Continue reading “Mardi Gras Madrigals—Eat with your hands and hear great music”

Mardi Gras Madrigals return on Feb. 5

mardi2See the lowly raised up! See the mighty play the fool! See children command grown-ups to dance! At Mardi Gras Madrigals, the least shall be the greatest and the greatest shall be the least!

Mardi Gras Madrigals are a full medieval feast prepared according to medieval recipes (eaten without utensils, of course) to celebrate the midwinter carnival before Lent begins. At Augsburg, it features jugglers, storytellers, and period music performed by madrigal choirs from Mahtomedi and Saint Paul Central High Schools, and Augsburg’s own Cedar Sixteen men’s choir and Riverside Singers women’s choir. Continue reading “Mardi Gras Madrigals return on Feb. 5”