Barbershop Chorus could serenade your loved one

The Wildrose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is at it again planning to surprise loved ones with two tunes and a rose on Valentine’s Day.

David Crozier-Smith, vice president in charge of bookings and music, said it is a great way to say I love you on the special day.

“This has become an annual project of the harmonizers and is done by most chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society.”

This year Crozier-Smith said there are two quartets that will be going out into the community.

“No place is off limits unless they don’t let us in the door,” said Crozier-Smith.

The quartet will sing the loved one two traditional love songs, present them with a rose and take a photo to “mark the occasion,” said Crozier-Smith.

Having someone show up at your home or workplace on Valentine’s Day could result in a number of different emotions. Crozier-Smith said they have seen it all.

“Reactions range from total embarrassment to tears of joy. The reactions we get from people is really what puts the icing on the cake for the singing Valentine’s.”

Crozier-Smith said the Valentine’s treat is a great way to show somebody how much they are loved.

“If people want to say I love you in a unique manner then give us a call and we can arrange to come on out. It’s something they will always remember.”

The cost of having the Wildrose Harmonizers sing to your loved one is $40 but Crozier-Smith said spots are limited throughout the day so booking early would be the best bet.

Crozier-Smith said he has been doing the singing Valentine’s for four years and finds that no two people react the same.

“Sometimes what we sing can evoke a really tender thought or moment and it strikes a chord — that is the thing we find most thrilling,” said Crozier-Smith.

The range of songs that the Harmonizers can sing includes a medley of a few different songs and Heart of my Heart. Most of the tunes are from the ‘40’s through ‘60’s.

The Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus doesn’t stop at Valentine’s Day and practices year round once a week.

Crozier-Smith said there are currently 25 men in the chorus from different parts of Central Alberta including Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Pine Lake and here in Red Deer.

“We invite any man that’s interested to come out and enjoy it for an evening and see if they’d like to join.”

The group also puts on a live spring show on April 20th and tickets are only $15 at the door or in advance through one of the members.

“One thing a lot of people don’t know is that the proceeds from singing Valentines and our shows go to support a number of local organizations including Red Deer Hospice and Loaves and Fishes,” said Crozier-Smith.

Crozier-Smith said it’s fun to sing for people and make their day while knowing that they get to give back to the community in a monetary form.

“We sing because we enjoy it and love bringing enjoyment to others so we pay it back to the community which makes us feel very good about why we do it.”

For Valentine’s bookings call Ron at 403-350-9277 or 403-347-2145 and for general bookings call David at 403-342-1318.

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