PAUL ELIE on Reinventing Bach
Tuesday, October 2
7:30 PM at the Hillside Club
With live music!
Paul Elie's award-winning debut, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, was hailed in Time as "an ingeniously woven literary tapestry" and in The Atlantic Monthly as "almost impossibly rich . . . [This is] an exceptionally intelligent and often elegant work." As The New York Times Book Review stated, "Elie's craftsmanship and affection for his subjects are evident on every page."
That same level of passionate intensity is evident in the pages of REINVENTING BACH, a gorgeous exploration of the music of one of the greatest composers of all time, an endlessly inventive musician whose works have been remade in our time through new advances in recording technology and through the talents of masters including Albert Schweitzer, Leopold Stokowski, Pablo Casals, Glenn Gould, Yo-Yo Ma and many others. It was Bach that Ma played on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks; Bach whom Steve Jobs used to introduce the iPad to the press. His music is everywhere around us, from classical music stations to movies to ringtones.
At once a biography of Bach woven through the stories of the musicians who have reinvented his work, Elie's book is also a nuanced and intelligent examination of the technology that has made such reinvention possible. Marvelously rich and absorbing, REINVENTING BACH is an exceptional book, beautifully told.
Paul Elie, for many years a senior editor at a prestigious New York publishing house, is now a senior fellow with Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. His first book, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, received the PEN/Martha Albrand Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist in 2003. Elie also directs a Georgetown partnership with StoryCorps, the acclaimed documentary organization; the partnership with StoryCorps will be known as the American Pilgrimage Project, and is designed to gather, record and share ordinary Americans' stories on the role of religious belief in their lives.
At Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley)
Tickets $12 ($7 students, OLLI, and Hillside members) in advance only at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $15 at the door (all)
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2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
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