Literature Out Loud
The American Library in Paris, in partnership with the Opéra Comique and with the generous support of Festival Napa Valley and the Florence Gould Foundation, is delighted to announce Reverberations, a music festival celebrating literature out loud.
For thousands of years—as long as both have existed—poetic and musical traditions have shaped and informed one another. Join us in March for a festival highlighting innovations in the musical arts. In a series of concerts, conversations, and workshops, artists and authors will come together to offer a synesthetic perspective on the history of storytelling and sound.
We will explore literary history through musical performance, with events including a violinist’s tribute to John Ashbery, and will also hear from poets and literary historians, including Patricia Lockwood, Nobel Prize candidate Dimitris Lyacos, and T.S. Eliot prize-winner Anthony Joseph, as they trace the role of musicality in their own work.
A masterclass led by American Library Cultural Fellows Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek will allow participants to workshop their own music.
Offsite events with the Opéra Comique open further avenues of artistic exploration.
A capstone party at La Coupole will revive the musical legacy of 1920s Montparnasse—drinking and dancing included.
Join us to listen, learn, play, and create, as we feature a diversity of voices working to realize sound, speech, and literature as symphony.
John Ashbery: A Life in Music with Karin Roffman and Sharon Roffman
Wednesday 6 March, 19h30
Nia Franklin, Composer-in-Residence and Miss America 2019 in concert
Tuesday 12 March, 19h30
Dimitris Lyacos and Vanessa Onwuemezi: Journeys in Sound and Sight
Wednesday 13 March, 19h30
STRANGE DREAMS: Cultural Fellows Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek in concert
Thursday 14 March, 19h30
An Opera Masterclass for Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists
with Cultural Fellows Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek
Saturday 16 March, 15h00-17h00
Selby Wynn Schwartz on the Female Khoros
Tuesday 19 March, 19h30
The State of the Arts with Missy Mazzoli, Royce Vavrek, and Nia Franklin
Wednesday 20 March, 19h30
Soirée: Les Années Folles at La Coupole
Thursday 21 March
Patrica Lockwood, Writing Now: A Conversation
Tuesday 26 March, 19h30
Patrica Lockwood, Writing Now: A Workshop
Wednesday 27 March, 19h30
Anthony Joseph and David Scott: Songs of the Caribbean
Thursday 28 March, 19h30
Organized in partnership with Columbia Global Centers Paris and the Institute for Ideas & Imagination
Conversation and Concert
Offsite Events: Special Performances
Celebrating Composer Ravel
at the Opéra Comique
Atelier de chant participatif: Voix en partage
Friday 8 March at 10h00
Special ticket price for the Library community: 5€
Nocturne Pulcinella & L’Heure Espagnol
Friday 15 March at 22h30
Special ticket price for the Library community: 10€
Voyage au pays de Maurice Ravel
Saturday 23 March at 20h00
Special ticket price for the Library community: 15€
* The Opéra Comique is offering generous discounts on the above events to the Library community. These special ticket prices are only available by clicking the above link. Once on the Opéra Comique box office webpage, you’ll see full-price tickets at the top. Scroll down the page for the exclusive rates being offered to our community.