'Not Just Desserts' on the menu for gala benefit

A gala event to benefit Tennessee Technological University's Department of Music and Art humbly promises to be "Not Just Desserts." In fact, "Not Just Desserts: a Kaleidoscope of Music and Desserts," will offer guests a wide array of musical entertainment, gourmet coffees and -- of course -- dessert.

The event, set for 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Bryan Fine Arts Building, features a concert, sweet treats from the Spring Creek Pie Company and exotic coffees from Poet's on the Square. Those companies, along with Bookworks, are sponsoring the evening, which will raise funds to support the Department of Music and Art.

"We're planning a truly elegant event that we think everyone will enjoy," says Greg Danner, chairperson of the Department of Music and Art.

According to Danner, the elegance of the evening will be evident not only in the entertainment and refreshments, but also by the candle-lit tables in the spacious lobby of the Bryan Fine Arts Building artfully decorated by members of Tennessee Tech's Visual Arts Society and by the artwork created by students especially for the event.

The highlight of the evening will be the Kaleidoscope Concert, a fast-paced review with something for everyone. Twelve different ensembles present classical favorites and popular hits. Catherine and Herman Godes will perform Rachmaninov's "Tarantella" in their dynamic two-piano style. The Cumberland Quintet will offer Ibert's "Allegro," while the Brass Quintet performs highlights from "West Side Story." The Kaleidoscope Concert begins at 8 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

"We have so much talent in Department of Music and Art, and we're putting all our resources together for this evening," says Art Professor Sally Crain-Jager, co-chair with Music Professor Linda Ferreira of the committee that is organizing the event. "No matter what your tastes are, there will be something there for you."

Tickets for the event are $20 if purchased by April 1 and are available at the Department of Music and Art (on the first floor of the Bryan Fine Arts Building), The Joy of Music and Poet's on the Square. Tickets purchased after April 1 or at the door on the evening of the event will be $25. For more information, call 372-3161.