RED BANK: SINGING VALENTINES, NO WAITING

coa_valentine_ranneyThe Quartet from the Red Bank Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society poses with the recipient of a surprise Singing Valentine — and YOU can be “NEXT!,” if your personal Cupid is a thoughtful one.

“There is nothing wrong with chocolate,” insists the Chorus of the Atlantic. “Flowers are definitely okay. A reservation at a quiet restaurant is a nice touch. But if you want to make a lifelong impression, consider the gift of song.”

With the institution known as Valentines Day lurking just around the corner, the singing component of the Red Bank Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society wants to remind one and all that “now is the time to order a singing valentine from a male barbershop quartet.”

Each year, the Chorus sends a corps of uniformed quartets throughout the region to surprise-serenade sweethearts in four-part, Sweet Adeline harmony. The quartets have appeared in a panorama of settings — homes, offices, restaurants, warehouses, schools, even a police academy — and as the nonprofit Chorus points out, “They will go anywhere to bring your message of love.”

Creative Cupids can schedule a quartet visit on any of four upcoming days between Wednesday, February 11 and Saturday, February 14. Your loved one will receive two love songs, a long-stem rose, a photo memento mounted on a card with your personal message and a digital image sent later via email — with “the price of love” quoted at $60. Reserve in advance by calling Jon Greene at (732)583-1684.

While the Chorus of the Atlantic keeps itself especially busy on and around V-day, the organization meets, rehearses and performs throughout the calendar year — initiating, promoting and participating in charitable projects; while fostering public appreciation of classic barbershop harmony — and welcomes visitors to their weekly rehearsal sessions, Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 10 pm at the Red Bank Middle School.