If every table had had a microphone, there would have been no end to the kudos for the madrigal dinner and performance by Iowa Lakes Community College students Saturday and Sunday night at the Estherville VFW. For three full hours, students sang and played and jested in a nonstop merry round of entertainment.
Saturday night's "Lorde" and "Ladye" were Max and Bonnie Pelzer while Scott and Sarah Stokes had the honors Sunday night.
What was so wonderful was the authenticity with which everyone played his or her part. Call it fitting into the role or whatever, it was convincing - and highly entertaining.
A constant question heard at the tables was, "How can they afford to do this for the price they charge?"
And that's a good question.
Choral director Brett Fuelberth and instrumental director Carol Ayres deserve a huge round of applause for bringing together such a great gathering of talent. And of course none of it would have been possible without the contribution of the students who made it all happen.
If you missed out, don't worry. There's a college music recital at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 60 on the Estherville campus.
Also look for a valentine's coffeehouse 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the student enter.
Demoney Elementary first and second grades also turned in a heartwarming performance Monday night at Roosevelt Auditorium. It's always wonderful to see parents come to attend their children's events. It means everything to the kids.
One thing ELC has done the past couple years is schedule the first-grade concert first followed by the second-graders. That's a great idea. It keeps Roosevelt Auditorium from being packed to the eaves - which it certainly was in years past.
What these two concert venues - Iowa Lakes and Demoney Elementary - have in common is that one is the beginning and the other is the flowering. Without the great encouragement and attention students get at the elementary level, there would be no great performance at the college level.
So if you're looking for something to do as winter sets in, consider attending a concert at one of our fine schools. It's a rewarding experience you'll be glad you didn't miss.