The madrigal as a musical form has lost favor since it swept Elizabethan England. It's a pity, really. Madrigals in their full bloom were meant to be word pictures, the singers' voices (usually no fewer than three voices, often more) intertwining with and mimicking the concrete imagery of the lyrics. And if you think that sounds old-fashioned and stuffy, sample the works of Thomas Weelkes. His Airs for Three Voices
burst with the conviviality of life's simplest pleasures drinking and smoking with your reprobate friends, plus the pursuit of willing women. Some things never change, despite the passage of centuries.
The Eliot Chapel Madrigal Dinner (216 East Argonne Drive, Kirkwood; 314-822-7210 or www.greenleafsingers.com) celebrates both the joys of life and the madrigal, the latter courtesy of the renowned Greenleaf Singers and the St. Louis Recorder Society. Enjoy either a traditional four-course, sit-down dinner ($35 to $50) or appetizers and beverages in the balcony ($18 to $20), while voices are raised in honor of the season, love and life itself. Dinner and delight are served at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (November 30 and December 1).
Thu., Nov. 30; Fri., Dec. 1