Lucky few to be serenaded in concert

By Kelly Wiley

Many people don’t have the guts to serenade their partner for Valentine’s Day, so two UK choral ensembles are offering the chance to do it for them.

At tonight’s Paws and Kats After Dark concert, two winners, one male and one female, will receive an on-stage serenade at the Student Center’s Worsham Theater. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and features the AcoUstiKats, UK’s all-men’s ensemble, and Paws and Listen, the women’s a cappella group.

“This is fun for them because they all work really hard on more serious choral music, and this is their chance to do their own thing,” said Lori Hetzel, director of the women’s choir. “It’s music from their day and time.”

Some of the songs in the show include “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Seasons of Love” and “Unwritten.”

Jeff Johnson, director of choral activities, said music is his life and he sees that passion within these students. He said the performers get nothing from it except the reward of performing at a public concert.

“This is one of the only chances to see these groups perform in a public concert,” Johnson said. “It’s rare that they get a chance to do this because they mostly perform at private engagements.”

Tegan Hanks, a music education junior and coach of Paws and Listen, said the concert is a great idea for a non-traditional Valentine’s Day date.

“I think it’s a unique kind of date on Valentine’s Day,” Hanks said. “A lot (of people) go out to dinner and do the typical thing, but if they want something different and unique, this is it.”

Tickets are $5 for singles and $8 for couples. There will be a dessert reception after the concert.