KEARNEY – You don’t have to wait until the actual holiday to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is hosting its Victorian Valentine event a couple days early. Guests of all ages are invited to attend the afternoon of romantic songs and poetry, scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2304 Second Ave., in Kearney.
Accompanied by collaborative pianist Mirim Kim, UNK music students will perform parlor and art songs from the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Britain and the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in America. Theater students will perform dramatic readings of American and British poetry from the same periods.
Following the roughly 75-minute program, attendees are invited to the social hall for a high tea with cakes, scones with clotted cream and homemade jams, finger sandwiches and a variety of teas.
The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted in support of the St. Luke’s elevator fund, which will make the church’s downstairs area accessible to those with mobility challenges.
The following UNK students (listed by hometown) are performing:
Atwood, Kansas – Daisy Hawkins
Bayard – TruLee Jo White
Columbus – Tyler Clay
Grand Island – Avalon Wedige
Henderson – Maddie Miller
Holbrook – Abigail Huntley
Holdrege – Hannah Hofaker
Kearney – Theresa Ascherl, Kelsey Borowski and Stephen Johnson
Lexington – Dan Con
McCook – Malcolm Hinze
Minden – Brooks Glanzer
North Platte – Nat Morris
Omaha – Victoria Nimneh
Rockville – Lilly Skaggs
Sutherland – Bonita Naughtin
Tokyo, Japan – Tetsuhito Tsutsumi
York – Sam Heitz