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Northwest's 38th annual Yuletide Feaste, a Renaissance-themed holiday celebration featuring more than 50 musicians, singers, actors, lords, ladies and royal personages in full regalia, will be Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

Northwest's 38th annual Yuletide Feaste, a Renaissance-themed holiday celebration featuring more than 50 musicians, singers, actors, lords, ladies and royal personages in full regalia, will be Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. (Photo by Taylor Allan/University Relations)

Nov. 9, 2011

Music department presents 38th annual Yuletide Feaste

By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Music invites the community to step back through time and witness the Christmas season in the royal halls of Tudor England more than 400 years ago.

Northwest's 38th annual Yuletide Feaste, a Renaissance-themed holiday celebration featuring more than 50 musicians, singers, actors, lords, ladies and royal personages in full regalia, begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

Sponsored by the Department of Music, the Yuletide Feaste includes a banquet of 16th century-style delicacies and performances by the Northwest Madraliers, Recorder Consort and the Royale Brass Quintet. The ballroom will be transformed into a royal banquet hall complete with banners, canopies, a grand entryway and candelabras.

Dr. Brian Lanier, Yuletide Feaste director and associate professor of music, says the evening is the perfect start to the holiday season.

“The Yuletide Feaste at Northwest Missouri State University is a wonderful opportunity for families along with members of the Maryville community to come together and witness the outstanding work that these multi-talented students demonstrate,” Lanier said. “Through the arts of singing, playing, and acting, combined with beautiful costumes and wonderful food, a festive atmosphere is guaranteed. The Yuletide Feaste is truly a fantastic way to start the holiday season.”

Mallory Brown, a graduate student from Hannibal, appreciates the unique education outlet the Yuletide Feaste offers students. She enjoys taking the opportunity to sing for the event not only for her education but for families and friends of Northwest who return each year.

“The Yuletide Feaste is a beautiful way to start the holiday season with delicious food, music, acting, and so much more,” Brown said. “No details are left out and we truly transform the Northwest ballroom into a magical place. I look forward to this event each year, and the Feaste always puts me in a holiday mood. It is such a warm, inviting evening, and people continue to come back year after year for this event.”

This year's Renaissance-style menu includes poached pear, fruit and cheese and candied walnut, carved steamship of beef with horseradish sauce and au jus, herb roasted turkey with fresh rosemary and thyme served with homemade cranberry relish, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, a festive vegetable medley, balsamic-glazed green beans with pearl onions, sweet potato and bacon hash, assorted rustic breads with cranberry butter, cinnamon vanilla bread budding, wassail, coffee, water and tea.

Yuletide Feaste tickets cost $27.95 per person and can be purchased at the music and art office on the first floor of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, room 101. Payment can be made using cash, check, credit card or a Bearcat Card, and students can charge one ticket on their Aladine account.

Tickets also may be ordered by calling 660.562.1315. Mail ticket requests and checks, made out to Northwest Missouri State University, to Yuletide Feaste Reservations, Department of Music, Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468.

Seating is limited to 320 guests, and early reservations are recommended. All tickets are reserved, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Large groups should arrange to purchase tickets at the same time.

The Madraliers choral ensemble is a select group of 38 undergraduate and graduate students representing a variety of disciplines and majors at Northwest. In the spring the same students become Celebration, the show choir for the University. This dual-structured curriculum was introduced in 2002 to expand the repertoire for the singers in the fall. 

Lanier believes the talent and versatility of the singers is further demonstrated each spring when the choir makes the transition to the show choir Celebration and performs more vocal jazz music.

“While we still study madrigal music and do present some selections of that style during the Yuletide Feaste, I knew that branching out in terms of repertoire to include music from many stylistic periods would broaden the experiences for the students while at the same time allow us to build a reputation as a fine chamber choir capable of a wide range of musical styles,” Lanier said. “By developing this concept, the choir has become skilled in demonstrating performance practices of music from many compositional periods.”

As a result of this effort, The Madraliers have been invited to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association in January 2012. They have also been invited to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Division Convention in March 2012 in Dallas, Texas.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468