The area’s best musical revue and a Clarke tradition returns to campus this spring. Musical Menus will be presented on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, in the R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium.
The fundraising event features a gourmet five-course meal and musical performances by Clarke University students and faculty. The evening includes solo and small ensemble performances, as well as performances by the Clarke Collegiate Singers, the Clarke Cantabile Singers, and Clarke Instrumental Ensembles.
Assistant Professor of Music CJ Greer said, “Musical Menus is such a great event for Clarke’s students because they get to select music they may not normally have the opportunity to work on – ranging from broadway to pop/rock, folk music, and even their own compositions. It is a generous environment for new performers to get their proverbial ‘feet wet’ on the stage.”
The impressive menu prepared by Clarke Dining Services includes: First Course, Crab Stuffed Potatoes, Guava and Brie in Phyllo, and Grilled Asparagus with Prosciutto and Balsamic; Second Course, Mixed Greens, Apricots, Pistachios, Haloumi Cheese, and Orange Ginger Vinaigrette; Third Course, White Peach Sorbet, Blueberries, and Mascarpone; Fourth Course is a choice between Grilled Pork Ribeye, Leek Stuffed Potatoes, and Asparagus or Coriander Crusted Salmon, Saffron Cous Cous, and Spring Vegetables or Cheese Filled Pasta, Asparagus, and Portabella Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze. The Finale is a White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry, Almond, and Lime.
Seating begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. Ticket prices for the meal and performance are $70 for premier seating and $60 for gold seating. Reservations are required and may be made until Friday, February 23, by calling (563)588-6575.
Greer added, “This year we are particularly excited about donations that will support a campaign for Clarke’s Music Department to travel to Ireland in the summer of 2019 to perform and connect with our founding BVM roots, as a wrap-up to Clarke’s 175th anniversary festivities.”
Proceeds from Musical Menus are also applied to a variety of Clarke Music Department initiatives including private lessons, music scholarships, new equipment, and travel expenses for the university’s ensemble tours.