SUU Choirs Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Love Bites Concert

Published: January 31, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU Choir StudentsSUU’s Choirs will combine for their 7th annual pop concert, Love Bites, featuring all choral ensembles accompanied by a live rock band. Their theme "Love Bites" hopes to support all those on Valentine's Day who might not feel like celebrating. With their biggest message for this concert being an inclusive celebration of the journey through the hard phases of love while offering support and the hope that we all eventually find "Somebody to Love" (their closer by Queen)! This concert will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty/staff (and one guest) and students can attend for free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at

Lawrence Mbaki, a sophomore double major in Theatre Arts and Music Education from Cape Town, South Africa, shares, “It's been so fun working on the music. It is all about love and is very rhythmic with different tempos than what we have been classically trained to sing. It is so fun to dance and move while we sing; it's going to be a party on stage. Although the music sings about love, it tells also of how love hurts and for those who don't have love on Valentine’s Day so it's definitely a bittersweet experience. I am so excited about this concert because I am a hopeless romantic and I'm so looking forward to entertaining our audience.”

Opus is the premier mixed choral ensemble of Southern Utah University. The group is flexible enough to perform music that is suited for chamber ensembles as well as music that demands substantially more sound and depth of character. The Concert Choir is an excellent choral group that has performed a wide variety of literature and genres as part of its musical heritage. Luminosa is an auditioned choir specifically designed to provide a choral experience for treble voices, focusing on the exploration of quality literature from various stylistic and historical periods, and the development of vocal, choral, and musical skills.

Michael D’Orazio, recent SUU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Lancaster, California, says, “Working with the choirs, as well as the band, has been super fun and is getting me more and more excited for the show. We enlisted the help of Kit Chatham, one of our alumni from the Master of Music in Music Technology program directed by Dan Anderegg, on a couple of songs. He has been extremely helpful making the process such a blast and easier all around. This concert should have a lot of songs that the audience will know, so if you’re there with us that night please sing along (from a safe distance, of course)!”

Take a tour of the various stages of love with SUU’s Choirs for their 7th annual pop concert, Love Bites, Monday, February 14, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

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The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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