Those looking to make a memorable impression on their valentine this holiday can hire members of the Golden Valley Chorus to sing their sweetie a romantic tune, or Valengram.
For over 10 years the chorus has made locals’ Valentine’s Day memorable by presenting unexpecting recipients with a love song, a rose and a card at the behest of a spouse or significant other. The songs sung are always classics from the barbershop genre, such as "Let Me Love You Sweetheart" or "My Wild Irish Rose," and sung by a quartet of gentlemen in suits.
“Those are very traditional Valengram songs in the barbershop genre,” said Roe Darnell, president of the Golden Valley Chorus. “Everything is acapella and sung in a very close, tight harmony of men’s voices.”
The Golden Valley Chorus is a nonprofit organization that has been together since the late 1990s and has been singing valengrams for more than 10 years as a fundraiser. As part of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, the members of the chorus enjoy promoting what Darnell calls a sense of “Americana” through singing.
“It’s a very United States American tradition,” said Darnell.
The chorus sings valengrams in communities from Ripon to Merced and with three to four quartets that sing one song every 30 minutes, the chorus members are busy all day Feb. 13 and 14 making Valentine’s Day memorable for a range of community members.
“We fill our bookings every year,” said Darnell.
Valengrams cost $40 and include a song, a rose, a Valentine’s Day card, and a digital photo that will be emailed to the recipient. Those interested in hiring the Golden Valley Chorus to sing to their loved one can call 551-2314 or go to www.cvg.org.