BREAKING: Valentine’s Day concert returns for third year, Feb. 11.

BREAKING: Valentine’s Day concert returns for third year, Feb. 11.

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Students prepare for annual musical event

Julia Fikse | The Feather Online

Women’s Bellezza ensemble will also be performing a song at the Valentine’s Concert, Feb. 11.

The third annual Valentine’s Day concert will be held in the Student Ministries Center (SMC) at 7 p.m., Feb. 11. Both high school choral groups Cantiamo and Bellezza will sing a variety of love, breakup and friendship songs celebrating the importance of romance and love.

Soloists, duets and groups are performing alongside a band filled with string bass, piano and other instruments to back up. Tables shine and glimmer with decorations for guests to sit at and a light dessert will be served. There is no charge for admission, but donations for the choir program are greatly appreciated.

Director Susan Ainley explains some of the main highlights for this year’s program.

“This year, songs from movies, Broadway, classic rock and jazz will be performed,” Ainley said. “The audience will enjoy rock ballads such as ‘Open Arms’ by Journey, jazz standards ‘Fever’ and ‘Unforgettable’, country classics like ‘Crazy’ and top 40 hits such as ‘Perfect. The Valentine’s concert is a great time to enjoy the individual efforts of the singers and give them a chance to shine.”

The ensemble and choir previously performed at the Lindsay Weimer benefit concert. The concert supported ensemble member and student Lindsay Weimer, ’20. 

The Valentine’s Day concert began in 2016 with just the ensemble as the group prepared for their first Carnegie Hall trip. As the concert gained popularity, both choir and ensemble began to sing solos, duets and group numbers. Some of last year’s highlights include “Somebody to Love” by Queen, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

This is definitely my favorite choir concert because it allows people to truly express themselves in a song of their choice. It gives them a chance to sing a song they feel passionate about themselves. — Tyler Villines

Freshman Brynlee Schmidt shares her excitement and fear for the concert.

“It feels good to be apart of the concert as a freshman.” Schmidt said. “I’m super excited to sing in it this year. I also feel nervous since this is my first time doing the concert. I’m looking forward to being able to sing with everyone and dress up and I’m excited to hear Macie Thompson sing ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman.”  

Julia Fikse | The Feather Online

Valentines Day gives students a chance to sing non-choral music and to honor choral director Susan Ainley.

Family and friends alike are welcome to join in the festivities and enjoy evening production. Any donations received help fund choir’s New York trip to Carnegie Hall.

Senior Tyler Villines is eager to participate in the concert for the second time. Villines expects this year’s concert to blow out the previous concerts. 

“I am so excited for the Valentine’s concert,” Villines said. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s own personal rendition of each song, while also learning new songs along the way. I am doing two songs, I am one of the Jackson 5 in the song ‘ABC’ and I am also performing the song ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran. I specifically am excited to sing “Perfect” because it’s my first time performing a song that has such a deep and innocent vision of love.

“It is so pure and beautiful that is why I think it’s the perfect love song,” Villines continued. “Last year I sang two songs that were relatively upbeat and happy whereas Perfect is so much more. I get to show a side ofme that most people have never seen, a side that is a little more serious and genuine. I am also very excited to hear the amazing women ensemble group, Bellezza, do their rendition of ‘When you Wish Upon a Star’ because I absolutely love that song. I know that it is going to be an amazing night full of beautiful music, love and community.”

The next festival the choir and ensemble is attending is the Cal Poly festival, March 22. Groups beginning with the elementary choir all the way to high school spend the morning at Cal Poly, listening to other groups and singing, then spend the afternoon exploring San Luis Obispo.

The video from the Somebody to Love concert in 2016 can be viewed here. For another choir article, read Campus Choirs Participate in Candlelit Service.

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Juliana Lozano
Juliana Lozano, ‘18, developed a love for medical science at a young age. From reading her mother’s medical textbooks to reading literature, her passion for the written word only grew from there. With support from her parents, Lozano plans on studying neurology with a specific interest in mental health and the chemistry behind it. Challenging herself through rigorous AP courses and college textbooks, Lozano’s goal is already in reach as she hopes to apply at the University of Southern California this fall. While attending USC, Lozano wishes to continue with her love of cheer that began six years ago through competition and sideline cheer. Over the summer, Lozano won All-American honors at a United Spirit Association cheer camp in Anaheim with her team. Finally, Lozano’s love of music prospered through the women’s ensemble, Bellezza, a group that earned two invitations to Carnegie Hall while she participated. Her love of music has continued from the fifth grade onward. Although this is only her second year on The Feather, Lozano enjoys writing and working on the paper. She is happy to be in all the things she loves in her last year at Fresno Christian.

3 Comments

  1. Susan Ainley February 5, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Yay, Valentine’s Concert is almost here!!!

  2. Bryce Foshee February 6, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

    That was a really cool night for sure!

  3. Robert February 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Great article Julz! I’m sure it’s going to be a fun night!!

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