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An Evening of Music & Dance

or more than 40 years, young people in the area have had access to the highest level of performing arts training through the Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, which was founded in 1972 by Fred and Winnie Allen. Middle and high school students receive training in singing, music, dance and stage performance from artist/teachers with experience on the professional stage, including Thomasville native Raymond Hughes, longtime chorus master for New York’s renowned Metropolitan Opera, who now serves as Troupe’s artistic director. Serving more than 100 teenaged entertainers from all area schools, the Troupe has performed for audiences from 50 to 50,000, including two performances at the White House, the most recent in 2012.

Thomasville Music Academy

An exciting arts experience awaits you at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, which has served as a community arts center since the 1980s. Housed in the former East Side School that was constructed in 1915, the Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. TCS’s renaissance revival architectural style offers a unique venue for concerts, exhibitions, and elegant events and soirees.

Diverse exhibitions include masterworks from an extensive permanent collection, nationally toured shows and the work of talented regional artists. The annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival showcases the finest in paintings, sculpture, carvings and photography by noted wildlife artists. In collaboration with the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, a concert series includes internationally known artists and symphony orchestras. The South Georgia Ballet Conservatory performs ballets and musicals and Arts for the Community at Thomas University features local and regional artists in a variety of music genres.

The Thomasville Music Academy is dedicated to promoting a passion for music for students of all levels. To promote arts in the community, ArtReach provides live theater productions for K-12. The Student Gallery exhibits the art of the best young talent.

Today, the Center continues its original mission to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages in South Georgia and North Florida through cultural and educational experiences in the arts and humanities. For information visit the website at

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation

The Thomasville Entertainment Foundation (TEF) presents an annual concert series featuring internationally renowned artists and ensembles in performances of opera, classical music, jazz, theater, dance and other forms of entertainment. This outstanding series is presented in the intimate, acoustically excellent Thomasville Center for the Arts auditorium and attracts audiences from throughout Georgia and Florida.

Celebrating over 75 years, TEF is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit concert-presenter organizations. During TEF’s first half-century, the series featured such luminaries as pianists Artur Rubinstein and Van Cliburn; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; violinist Itzhak Perlman; The Boston Pops; Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; Beaux Arts Trio and Canadian Brass.

More recent seasons include performances by popular entertainers Audra McDonald, Marvin Hamlisch, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, violinist Hilary Hahn and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Other guest artists include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a contemporary combination of jazz, Dixieland and big band, and pianist Olga Kern.

TEF is an all volunteer organization that sponsors concerts, classes and workshops for area youth. Its scholarship program has assisted some of the region’s most promising young musicians.

For concert schedule and information, visit

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