In partnership with Austin Peay State University, the Clarksville Community Concert Association (CCCA) had the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus perform the first concert at the university’s soon-to-be re-dedicated concert hall.
The Austin Peay State University Music/Mass Communication building concert hall is to be renamed after Dr. George and Sharon Mabry, two of the university faculty’s most notable members since the 1970’s. Together, the couple’s active participation in the community and school has made substantial impacts on both sectors throughout the years.
The George and Sharon Mabry Hall has gained popularity over the last decades, and was listed as one of the top ten concert halls across the country in the Robb Report back in 2006.
Attendees felt that the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus couldn’t have kicked-off the event any better with their performance of George’s latest composition “If Music Be the Food of Love.”
Beginning the ceremony was Dr. Kenneth Lee, an associate professor of music at Elon University of North Carolina, who was also a former student of the honored couple. Preliminary phases of the special event was then followed Mr. Evan Harvill, the main man behind this re-dedication campaign.
“I think it’s a wonderful tribute to George and Sharon Mabry, and all that they’ve done here at Austin Peay State University, in their profession, and for our community,” says Tim Hall, Austin Peay State University’s President.
“I’ve heard a lot of fine performances in this hall, but I been waiting for the occasion where we had an orchestra and chorus to really fill it up with sound. Today we got to hear the capacity of the hall today, especially with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It was just absolutely remarkable and a wonderful experience,” says Tim Hall, Austin Peay State University President.
Participating at the ceremony’s end was the couple of honor themselves, who expressed how the re-dedication has flattered them. “This Is the most overwhelming thing I can imagine you know, it’s just a true honor! Sharon and I have been blessed over these years to be a part of this community and this University,” said George Mabry.
“We’re both thrilled to accept this honor on behalf of the music faculty, because without them and their collaboration with us and outstanding talent ours would not have been focused as greatly as it was. We’re absolutely thrilled about it.”
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