A composer will bring a presentation to the library | New

The Norfolk Public Library will host composer, musician and teacher Randall Snyder on Tuesday, August 23.

At 6:30 p.m., Snyder will present “Encounters with World Music,” which features music and instruments from around the world. The hour-long presentation will include recordings, video clips and live demonstrations of a dozen instruments to introduce the audience to the sounds and styles of music from different continents.

Snyder lives in Lincoln and teaches at Peru State College. Born in Chicago, he studied the saxophone with his father, a professional jazz musician. He attended Quincy College and the University of Wisconsin, earning a doctorate in 1973. He also received scholarships to study Korean music at the Traditional Performing Arts Institute in Seoul.

Snyder taught jazz, ethnomusicology, and rock ‘n’ roll classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. About 100 of his pieces have been published, including several commercially recorded. His orchestral and chamber music has won several composition competition awards, and in 1992 Snyder received a National Education Association Fellowship as composer-in-residence with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra.

His music has been performed by various chamber ensembles, symphonies and jazz orchestras. The Nebraska Arts Council granted him several scholarships. He was also active as a jazz performer, appearing as a bassist in two documentary films with Kansas City pianist Jay McShann.

This program is free and open to the public. This is the fourth of six programs in the library’s summer lecture series sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

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