Choral Valentine Concert Sets Poetry to Music

If music be the food of love, Asbury University’s Music Department has prepared a feast in the fourth annual Choral Valentine Concert, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Akers Auditorium.

An annual montage of music, poetry and romance, this free event will showcase the Women’s Choir, directed by Prof. Jill Campbell, the Men’s Glee Club, directed by Dr. Mark Schell, and the Asbury Chorale, directed by Dr. Vicki Bell. Another highlight of the evening will be a poetry reading, featuring the winning submission from a campus-wide student poetry contest. Submissions for the poetry contest will be judged by a panel of specialists, and the winning poet will receive a monetary prize. In addition to enjoying music and poetry, audience members will have a chance to enter a drawing for a flower bouquet from The Rose Garden in Wilmore.

Dr. Vicki Bell says that the close relationship between music and poetry allows composers to draw meaning out of texts that readers might otherwise miss. It was her love of poetry that inspired her to organize the first Choral Valentine Concert four years ago.

“It was the idea of music enhancing the poem,” she said. “I think the composer can find the high points of the text or the most meaningful points of the text and set them in such a way that they are highlighted or displayed for everyone as the focal point. You find, as a composer, what’s most meaningful to you, and you use your musical wiles to make that apparent to the listener.”

The Choral Valentine Concert is well-attended every year, and Dr. Mark Schell encourages students and community members to come celebrate along with Asbury’s choral ensembles.

“After last year’s Choral Valentine Concert, several students told me they were so sorry they missed it,” he said. “Well, here’s your chance not to miss out on the romance and fun planned for this year! Join us as we celebrate love in a variety of musical ways.”

--by Joel Sams '15

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