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February 1, 1999

Mezzo-Soprano Mary Phillips to Perform at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Feb. 12

Mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips will perform in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Accompanied by pianist Ted Taylor, Phillips' recital will include works by Schubert, Debussy, Roem, Villa-Lobos, Brahms, de Falla, Copland, and Britten. This concert is presented by the Middlebury College Concert Series in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

While in Vermont, Phillips, who lives in New York City, will conduct outreach programs with Middlebury College students and local schools on Feb. 8 and 10. She will also be interviewed by Kate Remington on Vermont Public Radio at 1 p.m. on Feb. 9.

Equally comfortable in a variety of formats-concert, recital, opera, and musical theater-Phillips has sung with the San Francisco Opera; in a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" conducted by Robert Shaw during her Carnegie Hall debut; in the Barge Music Series in New York; in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and in the Marlboro Music Festival.

Previous soloist engagements include performances of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with the Fairfield Orchestra; Bach's "B minor Mass" and Brahms' "Alto Rhapsody" with the Canterbury Choral Society; and Verdi's "Requiem" and Ravel's "Shéhérazade" with the Yale Philharmonic.

A recipient of the Kennedy Center National Acting Award, Phillips was the first prize winner in the 1997 Rehfus Singing Actors Tournament (sponsored by the Orlando Opera); the Eastern regional winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera Auditions; the 1992 Woolsey Concerto Competition winner at Yale University; and the 1989 Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago Competition winner.

Phillips earned a master's degree in music from Yale, where her attendance was supported by both the Bass Scholarship and the Yale University Music Scholarship.

Tickets for this concert series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.