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UC presents 46th annual Madrigal Dinner


Williamsburg, KY., - University of the Cumberlands (UC) has always impressed with its holiday spirit, lights, and elegance during the Christmas season and its magical musical performances are no exception. UC held its 46th annual Madrigal Dinner beginning December 5th in the T.J. Roberts Dining Hall on UC’s campus and continued production through December 7th. The Madrigal Singers, UC’s Chamber Choir, were led under the direction of Dr. Smoak and accompanied on piano by Kay Dawn McFarland.

The Madrigal singers were costumed in fancy Elizabethan style attire as they gave UC’s version of ancient festivities and mocked the era of 16th Century Europe. They remained in character as the choir portrayed members of a royal court as they continuously entertained their attending guests with music and comedic dialogue.

Guests were provided excellent service from current UC students as they were served a warm, sumptuous feast which was similar to what would have been served at a traditional madrigal feast, with a more modern taste. Various types of Christmas music was performed throughout the evening providing a relaxing, holiday spirit for all who attended.

“We were very happy with the performance,” said Dr. Smoak, UC’s Music Department Chairman. “Opening night is the night in which the singers are on edge because it is the first night. Everything went well though! The food was wonderful, the singers were well-prepared, and the performance ran very smoothly.”

The Madrigal Singers included Philip Brewer (London, KY.), Chris Brown (Corbin, KY.), Brodie Craig (Lexington, KY.), Jeff Daugherty (McKee, KY.), Jessica Eldridge (London, KY.), Wesley Hale (Amelia, OH.), Marissa Hedrick (London, KY.), Dalton Hutton (London, KY.), Kristen Keller (Greenville, IN.), Adrienne Liford (London, KY.), Nick Monroe (Frankfort, KY.), Logan Reynolds (Corbin, KY.), Keisha Taylor (Pine Knot, KY.), Tyler Vaughn (Mt. Vernon, KY.), Tyler Ward (Brodhead, KY.), and Eric Wright (London, KY.). The brass ensemble performed as well as the flute choir.

Speaker and narrator of the night’s event was Chuck Dupier Sr. He is a Cumberlands’ alumni, a retired UC professor, and has served the community for many years. This was his 33rd year performing with the UC Madrigal Singers and he had the audience laughing all night long.

Dr. Taylor, President of UC, ended the Madrigal Dinner with a touch of comedy and a warm wish, “Merry Christmas to all!”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit