UGA faculty performance highlights viola with solo, ensemble performances

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The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s associate professor of viola will demonstrate the range of her instrument in a faculty recital in Ramsey Concert Hall on Tuesday, November 15, at 6 p.m.

Maggie Snyder, with and without an ensemble, is set to perform a program that highlights the versatility of the viola.

“The first half of this concert will be a preview for some of the repertoire for solo viola that I will include on my upcoming CD, ‘Viola Alone: Old, New, and Borrowed,’” said Snyder.

Snyder’s solo performance will include a Bach suite, an unaccompanied sonata by Paul Hindemith and works by Kenji Bunch and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich that all fit into the theme of her CD.

“The Bach and Taaffe Zwilich are 'borrowed,' the Bach and Hindemith are 'old,' and the Bunch and Taaffe Zwilich are new,” said Snyder.

The second half of the program features Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, in which Snyder will be joined by frequent collaborators Michael Heald, associate professor of violin; David Starkweather, professor of cello; Kenn Wagner, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist; and Mark Cedel, who is most often seen holding a baton in front of the UGA Symphony Orchestra, but will perform viola here.

“It's going to be a fun program to hear the viola in all of these different approaches,” said Snyder.

This performance is presented admission-free, and those unable to attend can watch the concert live on the Hodgson School’s website:

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