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APSU music professor to perform live on WPLN-FM

An Austin Peay professor of music who first received national recognition as a featured recitalist in the 1980 National Public Radio (NPR) Art of Song series returns again to Nashvilles NPR station.

Dr. Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano, will be featured in a guest performance on Live in Studio C, a program of live music by international artists, which is aired on WPLN-FM radio, 90.3, twice each month at 11 a.m., Tuesdays.
An Austin Peay professor of music who first received national recognition as a featured recitalist in the 1980 National Public Radio (NPR) Art of Song series returns again to Nashville's NPR station.

Dr. Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano, will be featured in a guest performance on “Live in Studio C,” a program of live music by international artists, which is aired on WPLN-FM radio, 90.3, twice each month at 11 a.m., Tuesdays.

To begin the second half of the program at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 30, Mabry will sing a 30-minute segment of songs by Duparc, Barber, Mary Howe and Katherine K. Davis. Her accompanist will be Patsy Wade.

Mabry is well known to both Nashville and Clarksville audiences. She recently made her fourth appearance with the Nashville Symphony with the performance of “Before Dawn” by Rhian Samuel. She has performed several previous solo engagements with the orchestra.

She also has appeared with the Nashville Opera in several productions, including
“Madam Butterfly,” “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “The Barber of Seville.” Other Nashville appearances include solo engagements with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and guest recitals at the Blair School of Music and Belmont University.

Mabry has been a frequent guest artist at music festivals, including the International Music Analysis Conference, London, England, and the International Congress of Women in Music, both in Atlanta and Fairbanks, Alaska. She has premiered works by more than 30 composers and continues to have new works written for her.

Since 1985, she has been a featured writer for the NATS Journal of Singing with her column, “New Directions.” Her book, “Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2002.

In Spring 2005, Mabry will appear in the leading role in “George Sand and Chopin,” a new chamber opera by composer Persis Vehar, with performances in several venues, including Tennessee and New York.
—Dennie Burke