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Revel with the Santa Clarita Master Chorale

Annual 'eat, drink and be merry' feasting and fundraising event moves to the Hyatt Valencia

Posted: January 31, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Costumes are encouraged at the annual Midwinter Madrigal Feast, to be held March 1 at the Hyatt Valencia. The event is a fundraiser for the Master Chorale.

Join the Santa Clarita Master Chorale in a brand new hall - the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Valencia - for this year's Midwinter Madrigal Feast. Set for 5 p.m. March 1, the Chorale's madrigal dinner offers an evening of feasting and fun - with prizes to spark your fantasies. This annual drama and benefit will include drawings for vacations to Hawaii and Costa del Sol. With food and wine, songs and silliness, organizers said they promise a fun evening.

Chorale members will be giving up their tuxedoes and concert dress - to present the drama "These Foolish Kings Remind Me of ... "

It seems the Chorale's poor, luckless hero, Mertonsire - aka tenor Larry Wood - has been fired by the King and is looking for some way to make things right again. A sorceress named Morgan Wherechild just happens to be passing through and agrees to help him. But of course, nothing ever goes according to plan and the ensuing misadventures - well, let's just reveal here that they involve three unhappy people, two back-firing spells and no partridge in a pear tree, but a really large chicken. As if things aren't bad enough, there's a dastardly plot in the third act that involves not only the actors but the audience.

Sherry Klahs, Master Chorale board chairwoman, said the talented culinary wizards at the Hyatt have promised their most magically delicious dishes, and the libations will be flowing, too.

"You receive so much for your donation," she said. "Tickets are $100, but an entire evening's entertainment and dining is in store. Why not gather your friends and colleagues for a special milestone at your company or an anniversary in your family? You can choose to direct your dollars toward a cause you can believe in, and not just an entertainment tab. Plus, let the Chorale do all the work so you can have all the fun."

Sponsorships include:
Courtier - $2,000: Table of eight, full-page ad in program. Web site recognition. Post-event ad recognition. Two pairs of complimentary tickets to "How the West Was Sung," the Santa Clarita Master Chorale's 10th anniversary concert June 6-7.

Knight - $1,000: Table of eight, half-page ad in program. Post-event ad recognition and two complimentary tickets to "How the West Was Sung."

Troubadour - $500: Four tickets. Post-event ad recognition. Quarter-page ad in program or two complimentary tickets to "How the West Was Sung."

Klahs said while some arts organizations rely solely on government grants and higher ticket prices, the Master Chorale's support comes in largest measure directly from individuals - Santa Clarita Valley residents who want to share great choral music performed with expertise and elegance.

"It is that personal support that will be most crucial in these difficult times," Artistic Director Allan Petker said.

The evening will also include two vacation drawings - a "thank you" - from the Chorale for your continuing support, said Klahs.

For tickets, call the Chorale at (661) 284-1866 or e-mail All you need to bring is your appetite and sense of humor.


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