This section was designed to answer the questions most often asked about the 2017 high school madrigal concert. The questions are just a representative sample of what we routinely answer. Should you have further inquiries, please call our hotline.
Q: Did you say “magical”?
A: No, “madrigal.” It’s a part-song for several voices, typically from the Renaissance, arranged in counterpoint and without instrumental accompaniment.
A: It’s a big sing-along, without a piano. The term “madrigal” has to do with a genre of 14th-century Italian songs, although the term now usually refers to English or Italian songs of the late 16th and early 17th century.
Q: What century is this?
A: Don’t be a smart ass.
Q: So we’re going to a show where high schoolers sing to us?
A: Yes. And serve us dinner. You’re signed up for chicken.
Q: We’re eating dinner on a Saturday night at a high school?
A: In the cafeteria. Hurry up. We’re gonna be late.
Q: We don’t have even have a player in the game here. Why are we going to this?
A: We’re supporting local arts, which are in steep decline across the country, and we’re supporting our nephew. It’s a small price to pay, and maybe it’ll be fun.
Q: Wait, we paid for this?
A: Please get in the car. We don’t have time to walk now.
Q: Is that kid’s mustache real?
A: He’s a senior and he’s very proud of it. Please be quiet; they’re about to sing the rules of court to us.
Whispered Q: What is this yellow liquid? It’s warm and I’m scared of it.
Whispered A: It’s cider. They can’t serve beer in a high school.
Whispered Q: Can just anyone join high school choir?
Hissed A: That is the musical director. Please be quiet.
Written Q: Is that kid dancing like Frankenstein on purpose?
Written A: He’s showing off for that girl over there.
Q: Do we have to go dance too? Please say no.
A: We’re going to hold hands with strangers and run in a circle in the middle of the cafeteria. We’re supposed to be in the king’s hall, eating dinner and dancing. Please just go with it.
Q: Why do you hate me?
A: They’re gonna sing again. Keep it down.
Whispered Q: What do those kids in the funny outfits carrying the hot yellow water keep saying?
Hissed A: They’re asking if you want any more wassail.
Loud Q: What’s wassail?
Hissed A: The cider.
Whispered Q: I like the cider.
A: That’s not a question.
Q: Why is that minstrel kid using so much vibrato?
A: If you could sing like that, you would, too.
Q: That was hilarious. Can we come again next year?
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