Show of Affections concert marks Husky Howl’s first performance


photo by Jacob Arthur

photo by Jake Arthur

Chorus might be better known for performing classic show tunes from “The Sound of Music” or “Les Miserables,” but on last Saturday, Feb. 14 the chorus department started channeling their talent into contemporary hits. Pop music club Husky howl made its debut performance through its Valentine’s Day Show of Affections concert.

The club, in its first year, aims to provide an outlet for students who wish to perform modern hits.

“I just decided that they needed an avenue for pop music,” chorus teacher Victoria Rathbun said. “They picked their own music, they rehearsed and they did it all themselves.”

The members of Husky Howl auditioned in December, though they had been compiling contemporary hits for solos, duets and ensembles since August. Each performer’s interpretation of pop music varied, however. Songs were pulled by artists ranging from Pink to Simon and Garfunkel to Maroon 5.

Rathbun and husband Rob also made a surprise duet of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat before the closing number performed by all club members, the Beatles hit “All You Need is Love.”

The concert was more of an informal performance, since Husky Howl is still in its infancy. The organization was similar to a Glee performance and provided a casual setting.

“This was a great way to start and hopefully it’ll evolve even more next year,” Rathbun said. “I don’t know where it’s going to head, but I’m interested to see where they take it.”

The club currently has no major plans for the rest of the school year. Their last meeting of the year is next Monday, Feb. 23.

“It’s definitely happening next year and I’ve already been asked to start suggesting songs,” club president Cole Monica said. “Expect some fun stuff next year.”