ART BEAT: Treat your sweetheart to a 'Musical Valentine'

Holley Calmes

Holley Calmes

Chocolates are a lovely gift to bestow upon your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but if you want to be original, how about choosing a “Musical Valentine” instead? Whether your taste is in classical music, barbershop or rock and roll, you’ll have fun surprising your honey with something more than candy this year.

Three Gwinnett musical organizations are offering audiences a bountiful choice of styles and events within the next 10 days. The “Singing Valentines” from the Stone Mountain Chorus are available for home or office delivery on Valentine’s Day from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra has a concert titled “A Valentine’s Date Night” on Monday at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. On Feb. 20, the Gwinnett School of Rock will present 10 bands made up mostly of young student rockers in a family friendly (no alcohol) event at Wild Bill’s from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Stone Mountain Chorus offers to “say I love you with a singing Valentine.” A quartet from this award-winning chorus will travel to a home, office, or anywhere you choose in metro Atlanta for as little as $50. The recipient receives a “serenade,” a red rose and a personalized card. To order this very unique gift, visit the website at www.stonemountainchorus.org. Online ordering is available.

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra’s concert promises to be a romantic event. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra will perform Humperdink’s Hansel und Gretel, Overture; Saint-Saens’ Tarentelle for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra; Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G, Op.88; and Dragan’s America the Beautiful. Tickets are $25 for a box seat, $15 or $13 for reserved seating, and tickets are available through Ticketmaster or through the Gwinnett Center Box Office. For more information about the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, visit the website at www.gwinnettsymphony.org.

The Gwinnett School of Rock’s event at Wild Bill’s is an opportunity for these young musicians to put into practice the materials they have learned in their lessons at the Gwinnett School of Music.

Spokesman Kelly Bowlin said, “The school provides everything needed for a unique rock and roll experience: rehearsal space, band gear, a P.A. system, and most importantly, experienced pros coaching every band. The School of Rocks runs seasonally with four sessions per year. At the end of each ten week session, the bands put on a concert that is both audio and video recorded.”

Wild Bill’s, which touts itself as America’s largest dance club and concert hall, has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Now, the Gwinnett School of Rock’s 10 bands will grace the stage that has seen Styx, Kansas, Mother’s Finest, Gretchen Wilson and Sugarland, to name just a few.

“The concert will showcase several preteen and teen bands, a jazz/rock band featuring a horn section, and an adult band,” Bowlin said.

Tickets are $5. Wild Bill’s is located at 2075 Market St. in Duluth. The Feb. 20, School of Rock concert is an alcohol-free event.

For more information about the Gwinnett School of Music and the Gwinnett School of Rock, visit their website at www.gwinnettmusic.com. This organization has three locations, in Sugar Hill, Lilburn and Suwanee.

E-mail Holley Calmes at hcalmes@mindspring.com.