Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s multimedia work Harvey for processed clarinet, electronics and video was performed in Kansas City by the newEar contemporary music ensemble on the opening concert for their 20th season.
The Kansas City Star wrote “Mark Snyder’s Harvey conveys well his shock and incomprehension of the sheer, random brutality of the Harvey family murders in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia in 2005. It’s a tribute to the human capacity to wrestle meaning and even beauty from evil.”
KC Metropolis wrote: “Simple and moving was Harvey (2008) by Mark Snyder, dedicated to the Harvey family who were victims of a brutal murder spree in Richmond, VA in 2006. This piece featured Aber playing a soft, straightforward melody on clarinet accompanied by electronics that increased the aural depth of the work in all directions. A visual aspect was also incorporated with projected drawings by children among swirling and flickering colors that, coupled with the haunting laughter of kids at play, had a cathartic power even for those not associated with the tragic events that inspired the work.”