Valentonez spread the love with seasonal serenades

Quartet voiced by 2 Peabody-trained musicians offers signing valentines

Still not sure what to get that special someone for Valentine's Day? How about a sweet serenade, courtesy of the Valentonez.

The Valentonez are an acoustic quartet voiced by Britt Olsen-Ecker, a graduate of the Peabody Institute's voice program, and Melissa Wimbish, a Peabody graduate student, with local musicians Paul Diem and Aldo Pantoja on guitar. For four days a year, the group surprises unsuspecting sweethearts with flash mob-style signing telegrams. They offer a diverse 14-song playlist that ranges from the Beatles and Sonny and Cher to the Roots and Outkast.

On Wednesday, the red-clad Valentonez surprised Donald Sutherland, coordinator of organ studies at Peabody, in the school's cafeteria. The serenade was arrange by Sutherland's wife, fellow Peabody music professor Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

"People just weren't spreading the love the way we'd have liked," Olsen-Ecker told The Baltimore Sun. "What better time to spread the love than on Valentine's Day? We have as much fun doing that as we can."

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