Encounters With World Music Presentation At Norfolk Public Library Is August 23

NORFOLK – A ‘World Music Program’ will be offered in late August by the Norfolk Public Library.

According to a release from Library Director, Jessica Chamberlain, Randall Snyder will be in town on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. to present ‘Encounters with World Music’.

Snyder is a composer, musician and professor as his program will feature music and instruments from around the globe. The hour-long presentation on August 23 will feature recordings, video clip and live demonstrations of about 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. He was born in Chicago and studied saxophone with his father, a professional jazz musician.

He attended Quincy College and the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Ph.D. degree in 1973. He has also received fellowships to study Korean music at the Traditional Performing Arts Institute in Seoul. Snyder has taught courses in jazz, ethnomusicology, and rock and roll at UNL. Some 100 of his of pieces have been published, with several commercially recorded. His orchestral and chamber music has won several composition contest prizes and in 1992 Snyder was the recipient of an NEA grant as composer-in-residence with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. His music has been played by various chamber ensembles, symphonies and jazz orchestras. The Nebraska Arts Council has given him several fellowships. He also has been active as a jazz performer, appearing as bassist in two documentary films with Kansas City pianist Jay McShann.

This program is free and open to the public.

It is the fourth of six programs in the library’s Summer Speaker Series sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Upcoming programs are “Patchwork of the Prairie” on September 6 and “Sandhills and Sandlots” on September 13.

Reach out to the Norfolk Public Library, located at 308 West Prospect Avenue by calling 402-844-2100 or emailing jchamberlain@norfolkne.gov.