Challey School of Music presents December holiday events

November 24, 2015
The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music will present its popular series of Madrigal Dinners with performances of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Dec. 10-12, and a special holiday concert of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 13.

The Madrigal Dinners provide a rollicking atmosphere of Renaissance dining and entertainment, with holiday music by the Madrigal Singers and NDSU Brass Quintet ensembles. Hosted in the Challey Atrium of the NDSU Reineke Fine Arts Center, the dinner consists of several courses with a main entrée of beef, chicken or vegetarian fare. Following the meal, the well-loved one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors will begin in Festival Concert Hall.

The dinners are offered Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 10-12, beginning at 6 p.m. and the Amahl performance is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for both dinner and opera, and opera only is $20. Contact the NDSU Box Office at (701) 231-7969 for reservations.

Conducted by Dr. Jo Ann Miller, more than 200 students in five choirs and the Baroque Festival Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah, on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in Festival Concert Hall. A holiday tradition throughout the world, Messiah combines Old and New Testament texts in one of the most memorable works of Western music, including the iconic Hallelujah Chorus.

Tickets for the Messiah concert are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for students and are available through the NDSU Box Office at (701) 231-7969 or online at

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