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Friday, November 20, 2009

Award-Winning Renaissance Madrigal Dinner Returns to SU December 11-12

Renaissance Madrigal DinnerSALISBURY, MD---Lord Merrick of Salisbury invites the community to join him during Salisbury University’s award-winning Renaissance Madrigal Dinner 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, December 11-12, in the Bistro of the Commons.

Jesters, musicians, dancers and more entertain guests during the six-course dinner, recreating a traditional Renaissance holiday feast. The inaugural event in 2008 earned the National Association of College and University Food Service’s prestigious Horton Award for Catering.

Renowned commedia dell’Arte performer Ben Sota of Pittsburgh’s Zany Umbrella Circus showcases his talents during the meal, while Sir Barchan, a knight from the Maryland Renaissance Festival, adds to the period feel.

Other featured entertainers include SU Chamber Choir conducted by Dr. William Folger, director of choral studies at SU; the Herald Brass, conducted by Lee Knier; a string ensemble and some 40 SU dance and theatre students portraying Lord and Lady Merrick and their court. Traditional Renaissance decorations are also a part of the feast, such as a real boar’s head.

Menu items include roasted butternut squash soup with candied pecans; flounder stuffed with spinach; a “hunter’s platter” of pork, beef and turkey medallions in peppercorn sauce; black forest cherry torte; gingerbread slices and assorted breads with cheese spread; and wassail (a non-alcoholic spiced beverage). Vegetarian options are also available.

Courses are announced with fanfare and presented by royal servants with fanciful serving vessels. Linganore Medieval Mead (Renaissance wine made from honey) and red and white wines are sold by the glass or bottle from 6:30-7 p.m.

Three levels of seating are available. Tickets are $30, $45 and $50, sold in advance at the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center. Seating is limited to 124 each evening.

The Cultural Affairs Office, departments of Music and Theatre and Dance, and University Dining Services sponsor the event. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at

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