NHS singers to perform tonight

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2002

NATCHEZ &045; Bellbottoms, bouffant hairdos, bowties, buzz cuts Š they say everything comes back in style eventually.

And tonight at the Madrigal Dinner at King’s Tavern, frilly Renaissance garb will be all the rage.

The Madrigal Singers, 30 or so former and current Natchez High Chamber Choir members, will entertain diners with melodies from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.

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And to make the illusion complete, the singers will appear in intricate and authentic period attire.

There will be a few concessions to modernity, though.

&uot;Everything they sing will be from the Renaissance period,&uot; Choir Director Joyce Arceneaux said, &uot;except for at the end.&uot;

Arceneaux said the group’s period pieces are always a hit, but people do like to sing along to more contemporary Christmas tunes.

&uot;We do regular carols at the end,&uot; she said.

Arceneaux said the Madrigal Singers’ concerts this holiday season will be augmented by the presence of a number of Natchez High graduates.

&uot;We have a few college students coming back to sing with us,&uot; she said. ‘They know all the songs, so they just jump right in.&uot;

The Madrigal Dinner begins at 7 p.m. at King’s Tavern on Jefferson Street. Tickets are $25 and include a dinner of succulent prime rib.

The money raised by the dinner goes to upkeep of the group’s elaborate costumes and transportation to events throughout the state.

The singers will also perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the NAPAC Museum on Main Street. Donation is $20.