WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester Chordsmen can help people deliver a Valentine’s Day surprise.
Quartets from the barbershop chorus will make the rounds to homes, offices, hospitals and businesses throughout Westchester and Putnam counties on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 to surprise recipients with singing valentines.
A spouse or significant other can be serenaded with two love songs, a rose and a valentine’s card that can be redeemed for two tickets to the Westchester Chordsmen’s May concert in White Plains. Reservations can be made by phone or online but must be completed before this Sunday, Feb. 9. Packages start at $60.
Howard Sponseller, who has been a member of the Chordsmen and has been part of the singing valentines for more than a decade, said the satisfaction of seeing someone completely surprised or overcome with emotion has been a fun and rewarding part of the annual tradition. And those who will receive the singing valentines are truly surprised, especially when the singers show up in tuxedos. The recipients are not given a clue beforehand, Sponseller said.
“It’s incredible to watch the expression on people’s faces when we sing to them,” he said.
The Westchester Chordsmen, which formed in 1953, has been offering singing valentines for more than 20 years. For this year, about a dozen quartets have formed from the membership of the roughly 60-member chorus.
Reservations for the $60 basic package is for one of three four-hour windows on either day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. The two $90 packages include one rose but arrival within a one-hour window or a dozen roses within a four-hour timeframe. For $120, sweethearts can get the dozen roses and the guaranteed one-hour window. All options include the concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 17.
For reservations or more information, call 914-713-4311 or visit the Chordsmen website.
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