Holiday traditions, events fill university calendar

4:56:23 PM CDT - Thursday, November 18, 2004

Music, food, drink and even shopping are on tap as the WSU community once again welcomes the holidays with a number of traditional events. For one tradition, the Renaissance Madrigal Feast, this year will mark the last of its celebration.

The Thanksgiving weekend isn't only synonymous with Thanksgiving leftovers that's also when Opera Kansas and WSU's opera theater program get together to stage a holiday production. This year's production is "Hansel and Gretel," rather than "Amahl and the Night Visitors," as previously announced. The opera was written by Engelbert Humperdinck and is based on the popular Grimm brothers fairy tale. "Hansel and Gretel" performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in Miller Concert Hall. Tickets are $8 with discounts available. For more information, call the College of Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233. To read more about "Hansel and Gretel," click here.

On Dec. 1, you can see the WSU holiday tree get lit and sample some non-alcoholic beverages and vote on which one delights your palette during two events. The10th annual holiday tree lighting event starts at 2 p.m. with a reception in the Rhatigan Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The lights on the tree, located on the north side of the RSC, are turned on at 2:30. The NAB sampling party, the Heskett Center's annual event, will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Heskett Center lobby.

If you're looking for some handmade gifts, the Decorative Arts Guild, an organization within the School of Art and Design, will hold its annual holiday sale, Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 1-Dec. 3, in the Clayton Staples Gallery in the McKnight Art Center. Hours for the gallery sale are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The sale typically includes a wide variety of quality, handmade, fine and functional items suitable for gift-giving. This year, the guild will raise funds for events and scholarships with a special offering of holiday cards and tree ornaments.

The 27th annual Renaissance Madrigal Feast, put on by the Rhatigan Student Center and the School of Music, will be held Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, starting at 6 p.m. with the serving of wassail. This year's theme, "A Farewell to Shocker Hall," reflects that this will be the last year the event will be staged. The six-course feast and program that is reminiscent of Elizabethan England begin at 7 p.m. in the RSC ballroom, which will be transformed into a 16th-century English castle. The entertainers of the court include artisans, musicians and wine wenches. Tickets cost $27 per person, with group discounts, and can be purchased by calling 978-3475.

One of WSU's longest running traditions is the School of Music's Candlelight Christmas Concert. Now in its 42nd year, the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert is on the first Sunday and Monday of December. Featuring the WSU A Cappella Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Singers and Madrigal Singers, the concert will also showcase the Marcussen organ with associate professor Robert Town playing seasonal music. The concert features a variety of secular and sacred music, along with raucous arrangements of popular songs. The performances will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Wiedemann Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 with discounts available. For more information, call the College of Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233. To read more about the concert, click here.

Food, caroling, and a visit from Santa are part of the university's annual holiday brunch, hosted by Shirley and WSU President Don Beggs and the president's administrative staff, held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the RSC ballroom.

Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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