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Language of Love concert provides an inexpensive Valentine's Day treat
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Language of Love concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive Northeast

Cost: $20, includes dessert buffet and coffee

More info: 770-532-0136 or

A candlelit room filled with the warm, soothing scent of coffee, an endless array of chocolate and desserts and the sound of beautiful music is a combination nothing short of perfect for an evening out on Valentine’s Day.

As the fourth installment of First Presbyterian Church’s Marvelous Music concert series, The Language of Love Concert will provide couples of all ages with an opportunity to indulge in a romantic, inexpensive evening together.

The concert will feature well-known vocalist and Gainesville resident Michelle Martin and renowned pianist Chad Watkins. The duo are often featured at Luna’s Restaurant and Piano Lounge, and have paired up once again to present a lineup of relaxing, amorous songs.

“Michelle Martin is our area’s truly great chanteuse, whether it is operatic, sacred, patriotic, Broadway, or cabaret song,” First Presbyterian Church music ministry director Mike Henry said in an email. “Over the years (she) has been featured as a soloist in … concert halls, universities, the Cathedral of St. John Divine in New York City, and last year in both St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.”

Martin frequently acts as a soloist for the Northwinds Symphony and is a dedicated member of the chancel choir of the First Presbyterian Church.

Watkins began regular performances at Luna’s in Gainesville several years ago, but recently discontinued his performances indefinitely because of an extremely busy schedule. Watkins teaches private music lessons to several students and instructs a handful of classes at RISPA, a private performing arts school.

The setlist for the Feb. 14 performance will include a fair share of classic and contemporary tunes, featuring songs such as “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra, “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King, and other serenades.

“For me, it would be an ideal (date),” Watkins said in an email. “I love great music. If you’re a music lover and you love songs about love and have someone to experience the evening with — family, friends — it’s a great way to spend the evening.”

Tickets are $20 and include a dessert buffet provided by a local catering company.

For more information, email Mike Henry at or call the church at 770-532-0136.