Valentine’s Day might have already come and gone, but love is still in the air and will serve as the theme for the latest Espresso series concert being presented by the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

The one-hour chamber music performance, billed as “Café D’amour,” starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Chapman Cultural Center with doors opening at 5:30 for a happy hour reception.

“It’s very much a Valentine’s concert,” said SPO general manager and composer in residence Peter Kay. “There’s going to be a lot of really pretty, beautiful music as well as some fun stuff that lets the players show off a little bit.”

In addition to short classical pieces, the concert will include unique interpretations of pop songs such as “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles, “Somebody to Love” by Queen and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

“We’re definitely tying the love theme throughout,” Kay said.

The “Café D’amour” concert will feature some of the Spartanburg Philharmonic’s top string players along with principal pianist Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin, who will solo on Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

In a news release, SPO executive director Kathryn Boucher said, “We want music lovers of all genres and generations to feel connected and inspired. It’s not every day that you get to hear Queen performed by a string quintet and piano.”

Kelly Vaneman, SPO’s associate principal oboist and a music professor at Converse College, will be a featured soloist, playing a rare baroque instrument that’s sure to add to the romantic spirit of the concert. The instrument: the oboe d’amore, which is Italian for “oboe of love.”

“The oboe d’amore is exactly halfway between an oboe and an English horn, and it actually looks like a baby English horn,” said Vaneman, who added that it has a "slightly lower pitch than the regular oboe."

Vaneman said the instrument is fairly unusual in the modern age and that there are probably only a handful of them in South Carolina. She will be soloing on a late baroque piece by Italian composer Antonio Lotti.

“We’re doing the first movement of the concerto,” Vaneman said. “It’s only about four minutes long but it has about a zillion notes. … Being the oboe of love, the oboe d’amore is given to really lyrical, beautiful slow stuff, but, in this, it gets super flashy and that’s a lot of fun.”

The concert will also feature the premiere of a solo piano composition by Kay that was commissioned by local philanthropist and arts supporter Susu Johnson.

“It’s somewhat in the vein of Mendelssohn but also Gershwin and some newer composers,” Kay said. “It was something we auctioned off last year at our fundraiser — a commissioned piece — and there will be a special dedication, which will be a surprise at the show.”

And if that weren’t enough, the Espresso concert will also feature an onstage collaboration with Ballet Spartanburg. Professional dancers Will Scott and Nichola Montt will perform alongside the musicians as they perform Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel.”

“Choreographer Lona Gomez has created a (dance) piece that is passionate and very reflective of the Arvo Pärt piece,” Ballet Spartanburg artistic director Carlos Agudelo said. “The audience will see how her choreography visually expresses the music. As the late (choreographer) George Balanchine used to say, ‘see the music, hear the dance.’”