The Center invites book and music lovers to listen between the lines in this brand new concert series, Notes on Fiction, which will feature some of the most exciting musicians on the New York classical music scene, including pianist Walter Aparicio, soprano Amanda Hick, and flutist Yoobin Whang. With a thoughtfully curated, fiction-inspired program, each concert will capture the spirit of a book in sound and will feature short readings of passages that inspired the musical program.
Notes on Fiction: 1Q84
Thursday November 29, 2012
Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is laden with musical references. In fact, the structured of the book is based on Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. This concert took place after our final 1Q84 reading group meeting–a perfect ending to a fantastic reading experience!
The program included:
JANACEK Fairy Tale for cello and piano
TELEMANN Partitas (selections)
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84—”Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.