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The Madraliers chamber ensemble portrays Tudor England during the annual Yuletide Feaste. Tickets are available for the 40th annual Yuletide Feaste, Dec. 6-7.

The Madraliers chamber ensemble portrays Tudor England during the annual Yuletide Feaste. Tickets are now available for the 40th annual Yuletide Feaste, which is set for Dec. 6-7. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Nov. 4, 2013

Tickets available for 40th annual Yuletide Feaste Dec. 6-7

By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant

The 40th annual Yuletide Feaste at Northwest Missouri State University will feature an elegant royal banquet and performances by the Northwest Madraliers, the Recorder Consort, the Royale Brass Quintet.

The Feaste is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

Tickets are $27.95 and may be purchased by check or cash in Room 101 of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Northwest students, faculty and staff may charge tickets to their university account. Credit card orders may be made online at

Attendance is limited to 320 guests each evening, and all tickets are reserved. No tickets will be sold at the door.

“The Yuletide Feaste is a wonderful event that embraces all the things people love about the holiday – family, friends, great music and great food,” said Dr. Brian Lanier, associate professor of music and conductor of The Madraliers chamber choir, which performs at the Feaste. “The Yuletide Feaste is a tradition like no other holiday celebration, bringing students, faculty and community members together to join in the commencement of the holiday season.”

At the Yuletide Feaste, guests celebrate and re-discover Christmas through the evening’s programs and festivities, highly stylized after old England. The menu, performances and decorations are reminiscent of 16th century Tudor England. The menu includes carved steamship of beef, cider-braised pork loin, green beans with toasted pecans and dried cherry vinaigrette, twice baked sweet potato casserole, assorted rustic roll with butter and cranberry butter, and citrus-glazed mini pound cake.

One of the Feaste’s appeals is the involvement of Northwest students, faculty and emeriti faculty. Together, they form a cast of more than 60 performers in character throughout the entire evening.

The Feaste features the Madraliers, Northwest’s award-winning chamber choir. The ensemble is a select choir of 38 undergraduate and graduate students who study and perform a variety of repertoire ranging from music of the Renaissance to contemporary composers. In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform for prestigious choral organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association.

“Students begin caroling in the outer parts of the Student Union, all three levels, at 6 p.m.,” Lanier said. “Then guests go into the Ballroom for the Yuletide Feaste and the performance never stops. So basically the students are in performance mode for two and a half hours, until we sing ‘Silent Night’ as each guest leaves.”

For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 660.562.1315.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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