Surprise your sweetheart this month with a serenade by the WildRose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, four gentlemen will sing two love songs, present a rose and special picture memento all in four-part a cappella harmony for just $40 or $45 for out of town visits in the Red Deer area.
“We have been doing this for at least the last 20 years,” said David Crozier-Smith, who is a member of the Harmonizers.
Several quartets will out and about, popping up across Red Deer and area on Feb. 12th and Feb. 13th.
No place is off limits — the guys are game to show up at homes, hospitals, seniors’ homes, job sites, restaurants and banks – you name it. It’s always a load of fun, with reactions ranging from tears to just a touch of embarrassment.
“One of the things we enjoy about the singing Valentines is the reactions that we get from the recipients,” explained Crozier-Smith. “We get so many different reactions – everything from tears of joy and excitement to sometimes some people are annoyed that someone sent a Valentine. But in the end there is always a smile on the face and a thank you.
“It’s such a unique way of saying ‘I love you’ and of bringing that message to a special person.” It’s not just for the ladies – women are encouraged to arrange a Harmonizer visit for their husbands and boyfriends as well. And it’s also not just for couples. Crozier-Smith said the Harmonizers can be sent to friends and family members such as grandparents from their grandchildren, too.
“We’ll sing to anybody, and we will sing anywhere.”
Anyone interested in booking a serenade for their sweetheart should book as soon as possible and Crozier-Smith encourages bookings.
“I think this is a very unique way to express the fact ‘I love you’ to anybody. It’s a different way as opposed to just a card and people really seem to appreciate it and enjoy it.”
The WildRose Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus regularly visits nursing homes, seniors’ lodges and care centres and also perform at a variety of community functions.
Crozier-Smith said it’s all about the joy of singing and of sharing it with the community.
“We have a good time together – it’s almost like a little family,” he said.
“And singing is such a great way of expressing emotion, and bringing emotion out of other people whether it’s enjoyment or whatever it might be. That’s what I really find is the best thing about it – the enjoyment we bring to other people.”
For bookings on Feb. 12th or Feb. 13th call Fran at 403-347-0436 or Ralph at 403-347-9852. There are limited spaces available for singing Valentine’s.
The WildRose Harmonizers are also inviting new members to join. They practice every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Davenport Church of Christ in Red Deer and encourage those interested to drop by. Also check out www.harmonizers.ca or call David at 403-342-1318 for more information.