'Crescendo' cover

Monday evening’s reception to celebrate the new Allen Cheney-Julie Cantrell book, “Crescendo,” has been moved to Glen Arven Country Club, due in large part to the overwhelming response and potential inclement weather in the area.

The event celebrates Tuesday’s release of “Crescendo,” which documents Fred Allen’s redemptive rise from a childhood marred by poverty and abuse to the country’s most prestigious music training programs through heights of New York’s entertainment and theatre industry and eventually to south Georgia, where he and his wife, Winnie, founded and led the impactful youth performing arts experience, the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe.

Monday’s book launch celebration has drawn a strong response from many early Troupe alumni and supporters and will feature performances from former Troupe standout performers Seva Day May, Stevenson Everett Clawson, Stephanie Bentley, Marlesa Ball Greiner, Audrey Grieme Johnson, Camille Bentley Lipton and Dana Hayes King.

The Glen Arven reception, set for 7 p.m. Monday, is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required by Friday afternoon at tiny.cc/crescendothomasville to allow for adequate planning.

“Crescendo” authors Cheney and Cantrell will also participate in a Shelf Talk & Book Signing at downtown Thomasville’s local independent bookstore, The Bookshelf, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.