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ACTU to present Tallahassee Bach Parley on Friday

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present the Tallahassee Bach Parley, as part of the Friday at Noon series on March 11 at Thomasville First United Methodist Church.

The Tallahassee Bach Parley brings the music of the Baroque-era to life performing on period instruments as it was performed hundreds of years ago.  The word “parley” means discussion, and a key element of Bach Parley concerts is the commentary from group.

“I am very excited to have the Tallahassee Bach Parley coming to Thomasville,” said series coordinator and TU Humanities Division Chair Dr. Karl Barton. “The chapel is an ideal setting for this kind of chamber music.  They give a great deal of attention to the details of Baroque music.  And the Dvorak and the Mozart are a great addition to this program as well.”

ACTU welcomes Valerie Prebys Arsenault, president and music director of the Tallahassee Bach Parley, who is also a visiting assistant professor at the FSU College of Music.  Violist Miriam Barfield, a graduate of the FSU College of Music, plays with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Mobile Symphony and the Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Symphony among others.  Violinist Caroline Holden plays in orchestras around the country and is currently assistant concertmaster for the Tallahassee Symphony.  She performs chamber music in the Purple Martin String Quartet and is a founding member of the Argot Trio with her husband, Dr. Jonathan Holden.

For more information on the Tallahassee Bach Parley, visit  The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 229-227-6964 or email


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