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ACTU to present ‘Songs of Love’ on Friday

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present “Chant d’Amour: Songs of Love” featuring tenor Chris Hendley and pianist Cam Bishop on Friday, Nov. 14, as part of the Friday at Noon series in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St., Thomasville.

Chris Hendley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Albany State University, where he serves as Coordinator of the Music Education program. Hendley earned a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Georgia. He is a professional singer/actor with numerous stage credits, and he was recently involved with a production of “The Fantasticks,” which he directed and held the lead role of El Gallo.

“Chris Hendley was one of the soloists for Handel’s Messiah last spring, and I when I heard him sing, I knew we had to get him for our Friday series,” Karl Barton, series coordinator, stated. “We are very fortunate to have these two artists performing in Thomasville.”

Cam Bishop is the Director of Music and Organist at Mulberry United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia. She is a frequent accompanist on organ and piano and has served as Music Director for several productions with Theatre Macon.

Friday’s program will include arts songs by Caccini, Liszt, selections from Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” as well as more popular selections by Richard Rogers and Cole Porter.

“These concerts are my very favorite because of the intimate space the chapel provides,” Barton continued. “The variety of music on this program will offer something for everyone.”

The concert is free and open to the public. A complimentary luncheon provided by the church will follow the performance. For additional information, visit or call (229) 227-6964.

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