West Virginia University faculty violist Maggie Snyder will present a free, public recital Tuesday (April 29).
Her performance will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) at the Creative Arts Center on WVU s Evansdale Campus.
She will be joined by her sister, harpsichordist Alexandra Snyder Dunbar of the Juilliard School. Together, the two recently formed a duo, Allemagnetti.
The program will featureSonata for Viola and Harpsichordby Wilhelm F. Bach;Gavotte and Six Variationsby Jean Phillipe Rameau;OblivionandGulinay(arranged by Snyder and Dunbar) by Astor Piazzolla;Suite No. 3 in C major for Solo Violaby Johann Sebastian Bach;Duet for Violin and Harpsichord, Op. 122(arranged by Snyder) by Alan Hovhaness; andHobgoblinry for Viola and Harpsichordby Kenji Bunch.
Snyder grew up giving concerts with her family both in the United States and abroad and continues to perform with her family. She earned the Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma from The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She joined the WVU music faculty in 2007 after teaching at Ohio University and the University of Alabama, where she was coordinator of the string area.
Snyder has performed as a soloist and principal violist under well-known conductors in orchestras throughout the United States. She has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall and the Seoul Arts Center, and she has toured internationally as a violist with the Metropolitan String Quartet and nationally with The Rafferty/Snyder Duo.
In her new music ensemble, Tricyle, she has performed all over the United States and in Russia, championing the music of living American composers. She has performed at the Brevard Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival, where she was a Time Warner Fellow.
Dunbar has a special affinity not only for harpsichord music of the Baroque period, but also modern and newly composed works. Most notably, she has played modern harpsichord pieces such as the epic harpsichord quartet of Elliot Carter in Juilliards Focus! Festival, as well as music of Darius Milhaud, Jacques Ibert and Jacob ter Veldhuis. She has also performed premieres of Alfred SchnittkesSymphony No. 9and Alexandr Raskatovs choral symphony under the baton of Denis Russel Davies, and she recently premiered Jacob CiupinskysImausin Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Dunbar has degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. A doctoral candidate at Juilliard in the harpsichord studio of Lionel Party, she is currently a full-scholarship student in the C.V. Starr Fellows Program.
In addition to teaching, she is also an outreach performer, playing with her Baroque Ensemble, Les Claires, in New York-area hospitals as a part of Juilliards Gluck Community Service Fellowship Program.