Loveland Classical Schools Madrigal Choir sings to spread joy

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What: Loveland Classical Schools Madrigal Feast, a Renaissance banquet featuring the Madrigal choir at the heart of a dinner theater performance.

When: 4 p.m. March 1, Kids' Night, with cookies and wassail (a traditional beverage of hot mulled cider); 7 p.m. March 2-3, full banquet with five-course meal and wassail.

Where: Loveland Classical Schools Academy, 3015 W. 29th St., Loveland.

Cost: Cost: $5 per ticket or $15 per family for Kids' Night; $10 for ages 6 to 12, $20 for those 13 and older and free for those 5 and younger for the full banquet.

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LCS singers to host Madrigal Feast

By Pamela Johnson

The small choir sings without accompaniment. They sing in Italian, German, Latin and French as well as English, and the oldest of their songs dates back to the ninth century.

The singers, who perform in Renaissance-style costumes, are all eighth- through 12th-graders at Loveland Classical Schools.

This week, the Madrigal Choir performed — in the style of a 16th century Renaissance court complete with jester and juggler — at Immanuel Lutheran School, Medical Center of the Rockies, North Shore Health & Rehab Facility in Loveland and the UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins.

"The pairing of the beauty of the classics with giving back to the community and service is beautiful," said Ian Stout, executive director of Loveland Classical Schools.

The student-led a cappella choir perform dressed in the traditional Tudor style and perform songs that tie back to the Italian courts. Rebecca Faust-Frodl, choir director and teacher, described the songs as "little musical puzzles" and small ensembles created originally to share happiness among friends.

"Its initial purpose was for friends to be joyful together," she said. "It's a beautiful genre."

The students spread that joy into the community Wednesday with their mini-tour during which their audiences took that special and unique performance of the Madrigal singers to heart, Stout and Faust-Frodl described.

"The kids just love to share the music," Faust-Frodl said. "It brings them a lot of joy."