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ACTU to present art song concert on Friday

Arts for the Community at Thomas University will present Florida State University College of Music professors Evan Jones, baritone, and Read Gainsford, piano, as part of the Fridays at Noon series on Sept. 23.

The program will include works by Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf. An active performer of new works, Jones will also perform “Last Letter Home” by Lee Hoiby and “Blue Mountain Ballads” by Paul Bowles.

Jones enjoys a diverse performing career in concert, opera and musical theatre. He has performed with Opera Memphis, Opera Naples, Berkshire Opera Company and others. In 2014 Jones won an Emerging Leader award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing as one of the nation’s most promising young voice teachers.

Born in New Zealand, Gainsford began full-time music study before receiving the top prize in the Television New Zealand Young Musician of the Year competition. Gainsford then relocated to London, where he won a place in the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma.

“This will be a wonderful program of art song,” said Karl Barton, series coordinator. “It will be nice to have the variety of the more Romantic selections along with some contemporary songs. I hope that the community will join us for this exciting concert!”

This performance will be held at noon on Friday, Sept. 23, in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St. The concert is free and open to the public. The church will provide a complimentary luncheon following the performance. For additional information call 229-227-6964 or email

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