Western Md. Madrigal Singers to perform tonight

April 27, 1993

The Western Maryland College Madrigal Singers will present an evening of Renaissance vocal music, lute songs and a recent piece at 7 p.m. today in Baker Chapel. The one-hour performance is free.

The 12 students who make up the madrigal group will perform several selections from the Renaissance, when composers set nonreligious poetry to choral music called madrigals. These works were among the most popular of their day, and along with opera are considered to be among the most important cultural developments of the period.

Western Maryland's madrigal group, which often performs in Renaissance costume, is directed by Dr. Margaret Boudreaux, assistant professor of music and chair of the Music Department.

The program also will include "Pavane for a True Musical Prince," a work from the 1980s by the Bulgarian jazz composer Milcho Leviev. The singers will imitate the sounds of several instruments in this lively piece.

"The text of this music will have particular meaning to anyone who is an artist," Dr. Boudreaux said of "Pavane."

Garth Baxter, a local composer and music teacher at Gettysburg, Wilson and Carroll Community colleges, will provide lute accompaniment for the Madrigal Singers on two songs he edited.

Information: 857-2599 or 876-2055, Ext. 599.

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