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Choir Director, Susan Ainley, leads the ensemble group, Bellezza, in If You Wish Upon a Star.

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.

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.”  

The next festival the choir and ensemble are 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.

For more on the Valentines Day Concert, click here

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