Berkeley Arts Festival - Riley, Blumberg, Gann and others8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com
As part of the Berkeley Arts Festival, Sarah performs works by Terry Riley, Stephen Blumberg, Kyle Gann, and others.
Tribute to Helene Brewer4pm
Women’s Faculty Club, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-4175.
Sarah performs a recital in memory of the scholar, teacher, and music lover Helene Brewer.
NY Premiere of four-hand pieces by Terry Riley8:30pm
Roulette, 20 Greene Street, New York. (212) 219-8242. www.roulette.org.
Sarah and Joseph Kubera perform the New York premieres of recent four-hand pieces by Terry Riley, including Etude from the Old Country, Jaztine, Tango Doble Ladiado, and Waltz for Charismas. Sarah and Joe also perform Riley’s Cinco de Mayo and Ingram Marshall’s Five Easy Pieces, and they each play solo works as well.
Performance of Blitzstein's Piano Percussion Music and Piano Sonata8pm
Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.oldfirstconcerts.org, and (415) 474-1608.
Sarah performs a program of works by Marc Blitzstein, including his 1929 Piano Percussion Music and 1927 Piano Sonata, in preparation for a Blitzstein recording on the Other Minds label. Best known for his opera The Cradle Will Rock and other music theater works, Blitzstein studied with both Nadia Boulanger and Arnold Schoenberg, and was an excellent pianist. According to the Blitzstein website, his piano music is “typical of the Boulanger-influenced products of American modernism: strongly rhythmic (although in Blitzstein’s case, not influenced by jazz), and described by himself as ‘wild, dissonant, and percussive.’ All of which was very far removed from the Schoenbergian line of compositional thought.”
New Albion/SummerScape Festival8:30pm
Sarah performs works by Peter Garland, Evan Ziporyn, Ingram Marshall, Henry Cowell, Kyle Gann, Virgil Thomson, and Terry Riley as part of the New Albion at SummerScape Festival. This exciting festival, outdoors in a tent, features the composers who have defined the New Albion label over the past several decades, including Lou Harrison, John Cage, Carl Stone, Paul Dresher, Frederic Rzewski, and many others. The festival features stellar composer-performers and musicians over several days.
Other Minds presents the 3rd New Music Séance
Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street, San Francisco. (800) 838-3006 www.otherminds.org.
Other Minds presents its third New Music Séance, featuring “composers of hypnotic, spiritual music.” Sarah alternates with violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann during the course of three concerts at 2 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8 pm.
“Once again,” says the Other Minds website, “the 1895 Arts & Crafts style Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco, with its handmade chairs, candlelit interior and rustic décor, will be the site of three concerts of rarely-heard gems of the past 100 years. Whereas the Other Minds Music Festival gives us a snap-shot of current trends by living composers, our Séance is designed to channel new music’s progenitors alongside composers working today.” Sarah performs music by Meredith Monk, Dane Rudhyar, Lou Harrison, James Tenney, Mamoru Fujieda, Henry Cowell, Jim Fox, Alexander Scriabin, Ingram Marshall, Peter Garland, and others.
Winter Solstice Concert at Chapel of the Chimes6pm
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/50681
Sarah curates a winter solstice concert, presented by Lifemark Group Arts and New Music Bay Area, at the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes, with performances by Ya Elah, Shira Kammen and Peter Maund, Eva-Maria Zimmermann, WAVE (Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble), and other musicians in half-hour sets alternating in the two main chapels.