More than 600 people in two states recently enjoyed performances by the Simpson College Madrigal Singers.
The 21 singers, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Roberts, performed at the MacNider Art Museum and Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, then traveled to Minneapolis, where they sang at the Cathedral of St. Paul, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Main Street School for the Performing Arts, and Maple River High School.
“We had a wonderful time performing for so many varied audiences,” Roberts said. “The students really enjoyed using this music, which is centuries old, to connect with modern audiences.”
Roberts and the singers also met with prospective students in question and answer sessions about the Simpson music experience.
Founded and directed by Dr. Robert L. Larsen, the ensemble has earned plaudits from critics throughout the United States and Europe. They tour annually and perform regularly in Europe during May term. Emphasis is placed on students’ individual vocal skills and the ability to utilize those skills in a small ensemble. The Madrigal Singers is open to all Simpson students by audition.