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Kaneland Connection: Kaneland prepares for ‘Madrigal Feaste’

The Kaneland High School Madrigal singers perform Friday at the Town & Country Library.
The Kaneland High School Madrigal singers perform Friday at the Town & Country Library.

As they made their way through several stops at the Elburn Christmas Stroll, Kaneland High School’s madrigal singers caught the attention of the assembled crowd and put on a show.

Those at the festival paused, and voices hushed to better hear the singers.

The singers were busy at last weekend’s festival, and another packed schedule awaits. The annual “Kaneland High School Madrigal Feaste” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the high school’s cafeteria at 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park. Tickets cost $22, and there are four shows available: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kaneland choral director Bryan Kunstman said it is the 35th year for the madrigals at Kaneland, and it is his 12th. The festival will be, as usual, a Renaissance holiday theme. He said it is the kind of show that entertains those who are devoted fans, and also those who just want to enjoy such a show.

“The people who come on a whim do appreciate the students’ talents,” Kunstman said.

And with a little more than 160 in attendance at each show, the madrigals might perform for more than 600 during the weekend.

Those in madrigals tend to be “very, very involved” students, Kunstman said. And they do not shy away from a demanding schedule. The madrigals participated in Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove festival the week before the Elburn Christmas Stroll. Later this month, the singers will be at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“We do our best to get out as much as we can,” Kunstman said.

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Those in the performance include Matthew Alfrey, Mitch Bateman, John Briggs, Erika Carlson, Ashley Castellanos, Vanessa Cook, Tucker DeBolt, Sarah Grams, Katie Kenkel, Erin Kettelkamp, Michael Kinder, Ryan Koeppen, Alec Kovach, Brittany Larsen, Emily Laudont, Sydney Luse, Stephanie Maras, Carissa Miller, Cory Nordine, John Purnell, Christina Schrems, Michael Stanley, Carter Taylor, Andrew Tobin, James Tockstein, John Venneri, Maggie Wallace, Quin Walper and Kaitlyn Wendling.

Christmas Stroll

The Elburn Town & Country Library estimated that 1,500 people visited last week during the Elburn Christmas Stroll.

The big draw was Santa Claus, and the line was lengthy throughout the night. But there was plenty of entertainment to keep those in line occupied. In addition to the madrigals, there was a puppet show, balloon animals and live music.

Other activities around town included a holiday bazaar at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center and tree-burning safety demonstrations at the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District. Downtown businesses provided treats for participants who stopped in.

Filing for elections

Those who want to file for local elections may do so beginning Monday. The filing period originally was set to run through Dec. 24, but that has been extended to 5 p.m. Dec. 26.

Bell-ringing opportunities

Those who want to be bell-ringers for The Salvation Army may arrange to do so by calling 630-365-2880.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a bell-ringer twice next week in front of Ream’s Elburn Market at 128 N. Main St. in Elburn. I’m scheduled to be out from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 22.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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