Valentine Concert Puts Romance in the Air

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s Chorale, Women’s Choir and Men’s Glee Club will present “A Choral Valentine Concert” on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Akers Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Love is the theme for the evening’s selections, which include “If I Loved You” from the musical “Carousel” and Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.”

“We look forward to singing a difficult but stunning anthem that was sung at last year's royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William,” said Dr. Vicki Bell, professor of music theory and Chorale director at Asbury. “The text is a celebration of love, and proclaims that where charity and love are, God is there.”

The concert concludes a week of traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day at Asbury: a relationship-oriented Chapel service on Monday; the “Ring by Spring” contest hosted by Asbury’s radio station, WACW; and sending valentines through the campus post office.

“Shakespeare said, ‘If music be the food of love, play on, give me an excess of it,’” Bell said. “Perhaps he understood that music and love come to us with strong emotions, and that these emotions can easily spread from one sensory system to another. A study was done a couple of years ago that suggested that women were significantly more likely to agree to a date after they had heard romantic music. Guys, here's your chance!”

For more information about the concert or Asbury’s music department, call (859) 858-3511, ext. 2250, or visit www.asbury.edu/academics/departments/music.

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