an online recital by composers and performers of
the Eastman School of Music classes of 1976 and 1978:
Susan May Schneider
David Jason Snow
Among the many hopes, dreams, and schemes scuttled by the Covid-19 pandemic was our plan to meet during the summer of 2020 for an informal reunion. Since graduating from Eastman four and a half decades ago, we have made it our habit to reconvene periodically, sometimes for artistic collaboration, but always for the pleasure of each other's company.
Our first post-undergraduate collaboration was the production of the compact disc Noises, Sounds & Strange Airs in 1993, featuring recent compositions by Ewazen, Heinick, Marshall, and Snow.
Our next cooperative venture was The Virtual Basement Assembly Cybernetic Improv Session (1995), a re-imagining of the free improvisation sessions we would occasionally stage in an Eastman rehearsal space when nobody was looking. Geographically distanced as we were in '95, we each contributed cassette tapes of whatever audio content we felt inspired to submit, and mixed them into Fluxus-flavored, anti-musical sausage that was burned to CD-R for posterity.
In 2014, celebrating the 60th birthdays of the composers in the class of 1976, we organized '76@60, a composition recital at St. Luke in the Fields Church in Greenwich Village, generously hosted by music director David Shuler, one of our classmates. (In addition to the works programmed on that concert, we performed a free improv during intermission, which thoroughly confused the audience.)
Finally, prior to the pandemic-inspired extravaganza you are about to witness, our most recent collaborative effort was a composers' recital in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman during our official 2016 class reunion, celebrating 40 years since graduation.
So, until we meet again in the flesh, on with the virtual show...
by Christian Kollgaard
Performed by Christian Kollgaard, double bass, and David Heinick, piano
Music by Gary M. Schneider, words from Song of Songs by Solomon
Performed by Susan May Schneider, soprano, and Gary M. Schneider, piano
by David Jason Snow
Programmed and performed by the composer