A local barbershop chorus is offering “Singing Valentines” for the upcoming romantic holiday.

The Texas Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus represents the Centroplex Chapter of the five-state Southwestern District and the International Barbershop Harmony Society.

“Singing Valentines” will be performed on Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14.

“The “Singing Valentine” is the most unique and musical way to tell someone how much they mean to you,” said Dick Belanger, president of the Centroplex Chapter.

The Valentune Package, as it’s sometimes referred to, includes two love songs performed “live” by a barbershop quartet dressed in tuxedos, a long-stem red rose and a personalized Valentine card.

“Singing Valentines” can be reserved by calling 855-770-0497. Deliveries will be made in Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Temple and Waco.

For $50, a Valentune will be delivered any time of the day. If a person prefers to have one delivered in a specified hour or several miles outside the coverage area, the cost is $65.

Belanger said, “The specified hour means if a person asks for a 2 p.m. delivery, the quartet will arrive at the requested destination between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. We’ll try to get there as close to 2 p.m. as possible but it depends on the quartet’s schedule and travel time needed.”

“Singing Valentines” express feelings and emotions for another person in an old fashioned personal way,” according to Mike Reid, music director for the chorus.

Several quartets will be singing across Central Texas on the 13th and 14th and welcome sharing Valentine joy at offices, schools, government buildings, small and large businesses, restaurants and residences.

The classic barbershop songs performed during “Singing Valentines” are “Heart of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Some quartets might throw in an extra song for free such as “Love Me Tender.”

Jim Maxwell, tenor of the quartet HMMM, said, “Singing Valentines have for many years been delivered on Valentine’s Day, nationwide, by local area barbershop quartets.”

“It’s not just a local thing but are done all over the country,” Maxwell said and added that the Barbershop Harmony Society started in 1938 and has about 30,000 members nationwide.

Valentunes are a way for quartets to raise money to support a program called Youth in Harmony that is devoted to promoting music education in schools.

For more information about the Texas Country Gentlemen and “Singing Valentines,” check out www.tcgharmony.org.

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