FSCC Renaissance Feasts Thursday, Friday

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

After a nearly seven year hiatus, the Renaissance Feasts at Fort Scott Community College are making a grand comeback.

The FSCC choral department plans to provide two evenings of food and musical entertainment celebrating the Renaissance period that will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Zimmerman Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Crawford St.

The college began conducting the Renaissance Feasts about 20 years ago, with the last event taking place in 2000. FSCC choir director Greg Turner said college officials decided to bring back the event this year as a way to celebrate the holiday season and the classic music of the Renaissance period, which took place mainly between the 15th and 17th centuries.

Both nights will feature performances by the 25-member FSCC concert choir, and a theatrical performance by the Royal Court and the Half Act Players; a majority of the choir members who are also involved in drama and acting at the college, Turner said.

The actors will be dressed in period costume for their performance of the comedy titled "To Play or to Replay", Turner said.

"We have a very fine vocal group," he said. "It's (the play) an outlet for our drama kids, most of whom are in the choir."

Dinner music will be provided both evenings by Iola musicians Julie Tidd, a flutist, and Kathleen McCollam, a harpist. Both women typically play a wide variety of Renaissance-style music, Turner said.

The FSCC concert choir will conclude the evening with their annual Christmas performance of holiday carols that are familiar and recognizable with most audiences, he said.

"I think very much that the average person will know most or all of the tunes," he said. "They may not know all of the words or lyrics, but they will recognize the tunes."

Renaissance music is classified as a variety of different styles of European music written and played during the Renaissance period of the Middle Ages. The main categories of instruments used during the time period include brass, strings, percussion, and woodwinds. Many variations of the instruments used several hundred years ago that are still recognized and used to this day include trumpets and cornets, violins, harps, lutes, tambourines, and flutes.

The cost to attend the event is $12.50 per person, which includes dinner provided by Great Western Dining, the college's food service provider. The menu includes carved honey glazed ham, carved roasted round beef, stuffed baked potatoes, fresh green beans, pineapple glazed acorn squash, salad, dinner rolls, and carrot cake for dessert, an FSCC statement said.

For tickets or more information, call FSCC at (620) 223-2700.