Just like any respectable box of chocolates, Valentines Day should always have options.
With a week to go, the local Valentine options have bloomed with a schedule of romantic rendezvous that include a downtown ballet and sky-high dinner and dance.
Kicking off the holiday, the men of Summit City Chorus will offer a blend of music inspired by American Bandstand and Broadway for their third annual Valentines Dinner and Show on Sunday.
Al Schumm, chorus board member, says that the family-friendly Valentines Day event has brought out more than 200 patrons for each of the past two performances. This year, the chorus will perform favorites like Blue Skies, Under the Boardwalk and a sneak peek of Broadway tunes from its upcoming season.
In my mind, if we do it after Valentines Day, people are going to have their own plans. We have a better chance of drawing them out if we do it before, Schumm says.
Also, the chorus quartets spend their Valentines Day every year serenading sweethearts with singing valentines and long-stemmed roses. Schumm says it would be nice if the performance would garner more calls for their $50 service. The chorus was able to deliver 20 singing valentines last year.
Its the element of surprise. Everybody likes to embarrass their sweetie, Schumm says.
A local chapter of the National Barbershop Harmony Society since 1944, the Summit City Chorus performs throughout the year at regional and local events and competitions to help garner more audiences for barbershop-style music. Last season, the chorus programmed an American Bandstand-style concert that featured music of the 50s and 60s.
Schumm says this season, the chorus will continue its contemporary movement with Broadway songs formatted for barbershop choruses. The chorus will perform selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! and the song, Theres No Business like Show Business from Annie Get Your Gun.
The Valentines show will be a combination of what we did last year, but were also introducing the songs were going to perform this year, Schumm says. After we did the American Bandstand theme, it just seemed to be a natural progression. There has been a lot of Broadway material that has been written for barbershop quartets.
New to this years dinner show, the Concordia High School Mens Choir and quartets will perform as special guests. Schumm says forming a relationship with young vocalists helps introduce them to chorus legacy.
Their director had us over at their school doing a barbershop demonstration, and we found out they have this choral group and a couple of quartets, and we developed a relationship, he says. We have a good connection with them.
Schumm says that with every event, the chorus strives to offer an inexpensive entertainment that the entire family can share.
Its just a nice setting, he says. A lot of times people go out to eat after church anyway. With the show, they can be entertained at the same time.