Notes on Fiction: Music & Literature Five-Year Anniversary

Tuesday March 28, 2017
07:30 pm

Tags: Event




As part of our ongoing Notes on Fiction series, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the international arts journal Music & Literature. Since its inception in 2012, Music & Literature has quickly distinguished itself as "one of the finest and truly rarified journals in circulation" (City Lights), earning acclaim from National Public Radio, the Times Literary Supplementand The Paris Review, among other standard-bearers, for its devotion to bringing to light the work of underrepresented artists from around the world, as well as its corresponding global events programming.

This celebration featured the renowned novelist and music critic Paul Griffiths, whose work is explored in Music & Literature no. 7, along with readings, appreciations, and live musical performances of works by M&L featured composers Kaija Saariaho, Unsuk Chin, and others. More information about the project can be found at


About Notes on Fiction

In 2012, The Center for Fiction launched a new cross-disciplinary concert series entitled Notes on Fiction. With a thoughtfully curated, fiction-inspired program, each concert captures the spirit of a book in sound, and features short readings of passages that inspired the musical program. Read more here!


Featured speakers and performers:


At home across the spectrum of classical music, Jacob Ashworth has gained a reputation as a consummate stylist, from his “diligent attention to [baroque] period style” (NY Times) to his “exacting and sensitive” interpretations of modern works (Boston Globe).  Ashworth is violinist, conductor, and Artistic Director of Cantata Profana, which he founded at Yale School of Music in 2012, and Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera.


Jeremy M. Davies was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Knack of Doing (David R. Godine, 2016), a collection of short fiction, as well as the novels Rose Alley (2009) and Fancy (2015). He is an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and sits on the advisory board of Dorothy, a Publishing Project. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and The White Review.

Pianist Lee Dionne holds passion, imagination and play at the core of his art. Both a consummate soloist and a prolific chamber musician, his performances regularly demonstrate a deep musical engagement across a wide range of repertoire. Lee is a core member of Cantata Profana, a fellow of Ensemble Connect, and a founding member of Merz Trio.


Paul Griffiths is a novelist, librettist, and renowned music critic. The author of more than twenty books on modern classical music, Griffiths was for many years the chief music critic for The Times and has written regularly for The New Yorker and The New York Times. Griffiths' novel let me tell you was the basis for an award-winning song cycle by the same name composed by Hans Abrahamsen for soprano Barbara Hannigan and the Berlin Philharmonic.


Rebecca Lentjes is a writer, editor, ethnomusicologist, and feminist activist based in New York City.


Violinist Emily Daggett Smith has performed across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Emily made her New York concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, and has performed concerti with many orchestras including the New York Classical Players and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School.