Modern American Art Song
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Mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry gives ravishing performances of new American art songs.

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry has championed the music of contemporary composers throughout her distinguished career. She has premiered works by more than 30 composers and has made eight recordings showcasing music by women and contemporary composers. In addition to her extensive concert career, Mabry is professor of music at Austin Peay State University, where she received the Distinguished Professor Award. She was a featured writer for the NATS Journal of Singing from 1985 through 2009. For this recording, she and collaborative artist, pianist Patsy Wade, perform song cycles by George Mabry (b. 1945) whose Songs of Reflection use texts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Edna St. Vincent Millay as well as Dorothy Parker's poetry in Three Cabaret Songs; Kenton Coe (b. 1930) is represented with his work, A Family Gathering, setting poetry by Georgianna Orsini; Brian H. Peterson (b. 1953) whose Moon Songs are set to poetry by E.E. Cummings; and Persis Vehar (b. 1937) who used texts by May Swenson, Anne Waldman, and Barbara Greenberg for her cycle titled Women, Women.
George Mabry, composer
Songs of Reflection
Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano

Kenton Coe, composer
A Family Gathering
Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano

Brian H. Peterson, composer
Moon Songs
Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano

Persis Vehar, composer
Women, Woman
Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano

George Mabry, composer
Three Cabaret Songs
Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano; Patsy Wade, piano

"…As long-tme champions of twentieth and twenty-first-century music, critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry and pianist Patsy Wade deliver inspired and theatrical performances that serve as exemplary modesl for aspiring performers. The recording serves as an ipportant addition for both professionals and students of contemporary art music." (IAWM Journal Vol. 22, No. 1)
“After more than 35 years of singing before the public, Sharon Mabry’s voice is as beau-tiful as ever. Its timbre is rich and warm, with a luminous sheen that greatly enhances its loveliness. … What Mabry possesses…is a rock-solid vocal technique that allows her to deploy her uncommonly lovely voice with unassailable solidity and pinpoint accuracy. … Mabry is the kind of consummate artist who is always saying something in her sing-ing, and the pristine condition of her voice and technique allow her to shape every detail of these performances as she sees fit, with compelling musicality and expressivity. … This is singing of the highest caliber, beautiful in every way.” (National Association of Teachers of Singing – Journal)

“I enjoyed this program. …The performances are very good. A nice addition to your li-brary of American song.” (American Record Guide)