SHS Madrigals make memories


  Bethel Reformed Church welcomed Sterling High School Madrigals and Chambers to perform for the annual Madrigals dinners from Dec. 6 – Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Sterling High School Madrigals and Chambers are acapella ensembles that specialize in holiday music. 

  The occasion included dinner and a concert. At dinner, the audience got a salad, an entree, and dessert. Dec. 7 was the first night to sell out, because it was the only dessert night and the cheapest night. There had to be an extra table added on this night, because of such a high demand for tickets. Along with the meal came wassail, which is a spiced ale that is consumed during celebrations of Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.

  In addition to the usual dinner songs that go with the Madrigal script, this year the Madrigals performed a variety of songs. The performance also included multiple soloists. During the dinner portion of Boar’s Head Carol, the soloists were Anna Hutchison, Kaidence Stroup, and Olivia Marruffo. 

  The concert portion, however, featured many brand-new songs. As part of the concert portion, the Madrigals sang these songs in the sanctuary, including a solo by Senior Anna Hutchison called “When the Stars Fall.”

  For the event, chamber members played a crucial role. As part of the program, they served dinner all three nights, and they also performed six songs. They joined the Madrigals for “What Child is This?” and “God Rest Ye Merry.”

  Junior Abbie Miller says, “I loved chambers because I learned new music and met new people who share the same interests.”

  Going toward the end of night, three madrigals and chambers said their goodbyes to the season and gave gifts to directors Weston Henry and Timothy Schlegal. 

  Madrigals member Caitlyn Davidson states, “This group was so fun to be in and is definitely something I will never forget.”

   This was definitely an unforgettable performance, the scenery was beautiful and so were the voices of the cast.