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Nationally acclaimed music faculty member to perform in Nashville

A nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano who also is an Austin Peay State University professor of music will perform two concerts in Nashville in October.

Dr. Sharon Mabry will be the featured guest artist and soloist for upcoming performances of the Alias Chamber Ensemble at two prominent Nashville concert halls.

The first concert is slated for 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Turner Recital Hall at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Ave.
A nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano who also is an Austin Peay State University professor of music will perform two concerts in Nashville in October.

Dr. Sharon Mabry will be the featured guest artist and soloist for upcoming performances of the Alias Chamber Ensemble at two prominent Nashville concert halls.

The first concert is slated for 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Turner Recital Hall at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Ave.

At 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Mabry will present the same concert in the Laura Turner Concert Hall of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as part of the annual Music Day sponsored by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Alias will launch its sixth anniversary season with the first piece in the Double Take Series, Roy Harris' “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” for mezzo-soprano and piano trio. Celebrating the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial birthday, Harris' work creates what is known today as a distinctively American musical sound, exemplifying his leanings toward patriotic subjects.

Ralph Vaughan Williams' Quintet in D major for clarinet, horn, viola and piano; Larry Lapin's Trio for violin, cello and piano; and Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9 also highlight the program. The Alias Double Take Series is in collaboration with the Nashville Symphony's American Encores program, presenting the music of prominent American composers.

For the second year, on each classical series concert of the 2007-08 season, the symphony program will be highlighted by a performance of a modern American composer. The Alias series mirrors these programs, giving audiences the unique opportunity to hear the more intimate chamber compositions of three of the acclaimed American composers featured by the symphonyRoy Harris, Michael Torke and Aaron Copland.

Tickets for the concert at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music are $12, $10 with a season pass and $5 for students with ID. Concert proceeds will benefit the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School.

Call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or visit www.aliasmusic.org. Links at that site provide information about the concert and Mabry as guest performer.

There is no charge for admission to the Oct. 6 concert in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

For more information, contact Mabry by telephone at (931) 221-7656 or by e-mail at mabrys@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke