Notes on Fiction: Fahrenheit 451
Friday June 7, 2013
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, The Nouveau Classical Project performed both traditional and contemporary music surrounding the references in the book. This concert featured music by Rzewski, Shostakovich, an avant-garde work by award-winning composer Lewis Nielson, and fashion inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Excerpts from the book were read between pieces, followed by a reception.
Guests were invited to bring noise-making objects for Rzewski's Les Moutons de Panurge! In the score, Rzewski writes that 'Nonmusicians are invited to make sound, any sound, preferably very loud...'
Les Moutons de Panurge FREDERIC RZEWSKI
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
love me dew LEWIS NIELSON
Fashion and Styling by Zon Chu and Sandy Siu
About Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston’s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award–winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a contemporary classical music ensemble and creative production hub. They began by connecting fashion with classical music and have since expanded to interdisciplinary projects that challenge traditional performance formats.
NCP is spearheaded by pianist Sugar Vendil, whose intention in starting NCP was to bring creativity and innovation to the classical music experience. Since its inception in 2008, the group has been hailed by NPR Music’s Deceptive Cadence for “putting a new face on classical music.” Awards include a 2011 JFund Commission in collaboration with Trevor Gureckis and an installment on Music at the Anthology’s (MATA) 2011 Interval 4.0 Series. NCP collaborates with composers to create music for live fashion shows, including those of Tanya Taylor, CFDA-nominee Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, and others.
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