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*OlioMuse* In Search of Proust's Music: Recognizing the Musical Motif

Presented with Strand Bookstore

Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness

Because last time was a sold-out smash-success we had little choice but to once again team up with Groupmuse for our second Oliomuse. So on November 10th, we’re back in the rare book room at The Strand, with another concert-lecture-party-muse that will open up minds, hearts, and maybe a few tear ducts. 

Professor Charles Riley presents the idea that Marcel Proust, when writing his titanic and epochal novel In Search of Things Past, was inspired by musical notions of thematic development - especially as embodied in Cesar Franck’s violin sonata - by common consent the greatest violin sonata of the romantic era, and a piece prominently featured in Proust’s great novel. 

The Oliomuse will feature a full performance of the masterpiece by two of NYC’s top talents - Julia Glenn on the violin and Mika Sasaki on piano.

Throughout it all, Professor Riley will weave together a tapestry of music, literature, and a vision of old Europe on the precipice of unimaginable change.

Also, SixPoint is sponsoring the evening with free beer! Tickets are $25 — so get them while they’re hot! The tickets, that is, not the beer. The beer will be free and cold.


“I wondered whether music might not be the unique example of what might have been - if the invention of language, the formation of words, the analysis of ideas had not intervened - the means of communication between souls.”

― Marcel Proust, The Captive & The Fugitive





Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue, the walls lined with leather-bound treasures from a book hand printed in 1480 to a limited edition Ulysses signed by Henri Matisse, the illustrator, and by James Joyce. 


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Other upcoming Olios


Jan 22

America's Expansion, Influence, and Uncertain Global Power

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $15

Jan 23

Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

Taught by Whitney George
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 2

Mysticism Happy Hour: Psychedelic Humanities & Confronting the Shadows

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 8

Democracy Without Truth

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7:30 p.m. at BAM Fisher

Sign Up - $25

Feb 9

The Body in a Cage: Modern Prisons, External and Internal

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 12

*Olio Seminar* Break On Through: Creativity and the Mystic Experience

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $100

Feb 23

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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