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Queensbury Madrigal Singers perform in Glens Falls — before their concert tour in Italy

The Queensbury High School Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Penny Schiek, tackle a challenging arrangement of a Christmas carol during a concert performance Dec. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls.

The Queensbury High School Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Penny Schiek, tackle a challenging arrangement of a Christmas carol during a concert performance Dec. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The Queensbury High School Madrigal Singers ushered in Christmas with a concert Dec. 16 that exhibited their exceptional vocal talents.

The group sang 14 selections, primarily Christmas carols, a cappella and from memory — in a concert at First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls. The large audience showed their appreciation for their singing, featuring four- and five-part harmony.

Through recent years, the group has performed in venues throughout Europe.

In 2005, the Madrigal Singers toured Italy, giving performances at Saint Frances of Assisi and The Vatican. In 2007, their European tour included performances in Austria, Bohemia and Prague, and in 2009 they gave concert in venues from Venice to Rome.

The Madrigal Singers returned to Italy Dec. 26, and are scheduled to give a concert tour that includes performances in Florence, Siena and Rome.

The Madrigal Singers are in high demand, giving about 30 performances each year, featuring challenging selections, to various school and community organizations.

This past winter, they were featured performers at the famed Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The group was formed by Ned Crislip in 1979 with a purpose of providing musical opportunities for accomplished singers that were standouts in the Queensbury High School Concert Choir.

Since 1998, the group has been directed by Penny Schiek — and has received considerable acclaim. The select group of singers — high school sophomores, juniors and seniors — practice at 7 a.m. weekdays and one evening each week.

Contributions to the organization to assist with their expenses are appreciated. Contact the group’s director at pshiek@queensburyschool.org of at 824-4616 for details on either contributions, or their availability for a future performance.

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