Suzanne Snizek, associate professor of music at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, will present a lecture-recital from 10:10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.
Titled “Suppressed Music,” the presentation will cover a sampling of composers who have been threatened, imprisoned, killed and/or had their work denied performance by governments for political or religious reasons. Because of this, the composers have remained largely unknown. The program will primarily draw from the periods of World War I and World War II.
Snizek’s innovative research on the topic has been published by Routledge in New York, New York; Böhlau Verlag in Vienna, Austria; Armand Colin in Paris, France; and World ORT, the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organization.
Snizek has presented at international venues including at the Festival Internacional de Música in Loja, Ecuador; the Banff Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada; the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada; the University of Cambridge in England, the Forum Voix Étoufées in Strasbourg, France, and Berlin, Germany; and École Militaire in Paris, France.
She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University-Bloomington; a Master of Music degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she worked with flutist Julius Baker; and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia-Vancouver, where she studied with Lorna McGhee, who is now principal flute for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Snizek has been on University of Victoria faculty since 2011.
In December 2018, Snizek will be a guest faculty member at Suzhou University in China. She will be the featured guest artist of the 2019 Edmonton Flute Festival in Alberta, Canada. She is an Altus Flutes artist.
The lecture-recital is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.