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2014

  • Sun
    19
    Jan
    2014

    Pre-concert talk before Richard Goode’s recital

    2pm

    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

    Sarah gives the pre-concert talk before Richard Goode’s recital, which includes selections from Janacek’s “An Overgrown Path,” Schubert’s Sonata in A major, D. 95, and Debussy’s Preludes Book 1.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. http://www.calperformances.org/performances/2013-14/recital/richard-goode.php

  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2014

    Henry Cowell In San Quentin Prison

    11am & 6:30pm

    San Quentin Prison

     In San Quentin Prison, Sarah performs a program of music Henry Cowell composed while incarcerated there between 1936 and 1940. In 1936, Cowell confessed to Redwood City police that he had engaged in one act of oral sex, and he was sent to San Quentin for fifteen years.  After four years, because of the tireless advocacy of family members and friends, he was paroled into the care of composer Percy Grainger.  During his four years in San Quentin, Cowell taught music classes to over a thousand inmates, conducted the band, started an orchestra, composed remarkable piano pieces and many chamber works, and experimented with form and rhythm and sound.  Sarah’s program includes Cowell’s visionary RhythmicanaCeltic SetHilarious Curtain OpenerHigh Color, sections of the Amerind Suite, and Songs on Mother Goose Rhymes.  The Ives Quartet will also perform Cowell’s “United” Quartet.  The public can attend, but must go through a screening process.  Anyone interested in these Cowell performances at San Quentin should contact Laurie Brooks, executive director of the William James Association Prison Arts Project.  Her e-mail is Laurie@WilliamJamesAssociation.org

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2014
    Sun
    09
    Feb
    2014

    Piano Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony

    7:30pm & 2pm

    Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego

    Sarah is soloist for Lou Harrison’s magnificent Piano Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony, conducted by Steven Schick.  The epic sweep of Lou Harrison’s four-movement concerto encompasses gamelan, the California landscape, romantic 19th century concertos, and the medieval estampie:  in the second Stampede movement, at breakneck speed, the pianist uses a “cluster bar” for octave clusters, joined by a battery of percussion.  Also on the program are Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival” Overture. Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego.
    http://www.lajollasymphony.com/concerts/index.php.

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2014
    Sun
    16
    Feb
    2014

    Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar

    Creative Arts Building Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University 1756 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA

     As part of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival, Sarah has the great fortune of performing Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with violinist Jacqueline Ross, violist Toby Appel, cellist David Requiro, and double bassist Shinji Eshima.  Schubert is the featured composer this year of the seminar and festival, which also includes intensive coaching, public master classes, workshops, and lessons, all led by the Alexander String Quartet.  Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University, 1756 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco. http://creativestate.sfsu.edu/events/2014/02/12/6641

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2014

    Sarah speaks onstage with The Freddy McGuire Show—video artist Anne McGuire and Wobbly

    7pm

    The Exploratorium Pier 15, San Francisco. www.exploratorium.edu..

    As part of the Resonance series at the Exploratorium, Sarah speaks onstage with The Freddy McGuire Show—video artist Anne McGuire and Wobbly (Jon Leidecker) before their performance. Combining the vocals and invasive surveillance cameras of renowned video artist Anne McGuire, and the familiar and simultaneous melodies of the collagist Wobbly, the Freddy McGuire Show will perform spontaneously improvised oldies accompanied by live and prerecorded camera feeds that both document and create. Part Hollywood musical, part documentary, part horror film, and part nature study, their performance will offer the challenging narrative that every audience likes to read about before it’s made into a movie; the fact that it will also be something that is actually happening might be less than the point.

  • Fri
    28
    Feb
    2014

    Other Minds Festival - Joseph Byrd’s 1961 Animals with the Del Sol Quartet

    8pm

    SF Jazz, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. www.otherminds.org

    At the Other Minds Festival, Sarah performs Joseph Byrd’s 1961 Animals with the Del Sol Quartet and percussionist Alan Zimmerman. Keeping in tune with this spirit of firsts and celebrating the Bay Area’s strong heritage as a pioneering stronghold of arts and culture, OM presents, for the first time ever, an entirely Northern California cast of composers, including Mark Applebaum, John Bischoff, Donald Buchla, Joseph Byrd, Charles Celeste Hutchins, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Wendy Reid, and John Schott.

  • Sat
    08
    Mar
    2014

    100 30-Second Pieces for Two Pianos with Regina Schaffer

    7pm

    Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo, Oakland.  www.piedmontpiano.com.

    Sarah joins her duo partner Regina Schaffer in selections from the first fifty of Evan Ziporyn’s 100 30-Second Pieces for Two Pianos, as well as David Borden’s Double Portrait and other music for two pianos.
  • Mon
    17
    Mar
    2014

    Cal Arts Performance Forum

      California Institute of the Arts. 24700 McBean Pkwy, Los Angeles (Valencia).  www.calarts.edu.

    Sarah performs for the Performance Forum.

  • Wed
    26
    Mar
    2014
    Fri
    28
    Mar
    2014

    Recording sessions for A Sweeter Music

    Recording sessions in Santa Cruz for A Sweeter Music, to be released later this year by Other Minds.

  • Sat
    05
    Apr
    2014

    Sarah joins the Alexander String Quartet at SF Jazz

    10am

    SF Jazz, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco.  www.sfperformances.org.

     Sarah joins the Alexander String Quartet for Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478 and Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493. For two decades, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg have brought together a devoted crowd of chamber music enthusiasts on Saturday mornings for events which are part concert, part lecture, part humor and all entertainment. Followers on both sides of the Bay indulge in deep exploration of composers, their works, times and impacts in one of San Francisco Performances’ most popular and enduring series. These enlightening two-hour sessions, designed and written by Robert Greenberg, open with Mr. Greenberg’s musical and historical insights about the composers and their work, liberally peppered with his incisive wit and expansive insights, and conclude with complete performances of the repertoire

  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014

    An onstage conversation with Jem Finer

    7pm

     Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco.  www.exploratorium.edu

    As part of the Resonance series at the Exploratorium, Sarah has an onstage conversation with Jem Finera UK-based artist, musician, and composer. Finer has worked in film, photography, installation, and experimental and popular music since studying computer science in the 1970s. Much of his work explores systems and processes playing out over extremes of time and space.
    For this event, he’ll offer two performances. In an inversion of the usual supporting role of the soundtrack, Finer gathered sound using a video camera, then draws upon this raw material to compose improvisational films whose visual component is a byproduct of these sound juxtapositions in "Original Soundtracks #5," which will also include new material recorded in San Francisco. In addition, he’ll perform "Starfield." Each star shines with a unique spectrum of light frequencies. By translating these into sound, Finer generated the raw material for this celestial composition.

  • Wed
    23
    Apr
    2014
    Thu
    24
    Apr
    2014

    Recording Jerome Kitzke’s There is a Field

     New York City

    Recording sessions for Jerome Kitzke’s There is a Field.

  • Tue
    06
    May
    2014

    Honoring the Past- Celebrating the Future

    6pm

    Berkeley Art Museum, Bancroft Way below College Avenue, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/events/members/annualgala/2014

     The Berkeley Art Museum presents its gala entitled “Honoring the Past- Celebrating the Future,” and Sarah performs selections from Thomas Ades’ Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face and Henry Cowell’s Trumpet of Angus Og.  

  • Fri
    09
    May
    2014

    Berkeley Symphony Tenth Annual Benefit Gala

    6pm

     Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

    The Berkeley Symphony presents its Tenth Annual ??Benefit Gala, and Sarah performs selections from Thomas Ades’ Concert Prokofiev with violinist Stuart Canin and other musicians. Piedmont Paraphrase on Powder Her Face. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/concerts/gala/

  • Sat
    31
    May
    2014

    Private House Concert

    4pm

    At a private house concert, Sarah performs Bach’s English Suite No. 3, Beethoven’s Sonata opus 109, Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, and Three Fantasies by Leo Ornstein. 4 pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Jun
    2014

    Onstage with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

    7pm

    Kanbar Forum at the Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco. www.exploratorium.edu/resonance

    As part of the ResOnance series, Sarah speaks onstage with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, an artist and multi-instrumentalist who works with voice to create spontaneous and ecstatic musical compositions. Under the moniker Lichens, Lowe uses effects boxes to loop guitars, percussion, and vocals into a reverberating drone. In 2005, Lichens released The Psychic Nature of Being, followed in 2007 by the album OMNS. His most recent performances and recordings have combined his voice with modular synthesizer patch compositions.

    Lowe believes that the sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression, and that the two can be used together to induce a trancelike state and promote deeper listening. Lowe is currently working with video artist Patrick Smith on a live performance with animated projections—a work entitled Clouds. 

  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014

    Stravinsky’s Les Noces in a two-piano reduction by Kanoko Nishi

    8pm

    Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco. http://www.sfgirlschorus.org/june14

    With the San Francisco Girls Chorus and pianist Kanoko Nishi, Sarah performs Scenes I and III of Stravinsky’s Les Noces in a two-piano reduction by Kanoko Nishi. The program, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, will also feature Bartók’s Three Village Scenes performed as a suite with original dance interpolations created by Joe Goode and performed by members of his acclaimed Joe Goode Performance Group. The Chorus will be joined by Sarah and Kanoko for Scenes I and III from Stravinsky’s Les Noces and will go a cappella for Stravinsky’s Four Russian Peasant Songs. Completing the program will be Smetana’s Three Choruses for Female Voice.

  • Sat
    21
    Jun
    2014

    Garden of Memory

    5-9pm

    Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com.

    New Music Bay Area presents Garden of Memory, the annual summer solstice concert at the Chapel of the Chimes, a beautiful columbarium and mausoleum designed by Julia Morgan. Sarah performs Patterns of Plants by Mamoru Fujieda to celebrate her release of Fujieda’s music on Pinna Records. Other performers you can hear during this popular event include Henry Kaiser, the William Winant Percussion Group, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg, Carl Stone, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Laura Inserra, Maggi Payne, Pamela Z, Wayne Grim, Luciano Chessa, Juraj Kojs and Adrian Knight, the Del Sol Quartet, and many more. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory "a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor." 

  • Thu
    10
    Jul
    2014

    The ROOM series hosted by Pamela Z. Royce Gallery

    8pm

    Pamela Z. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison and Alabama), San Francisco. http://www.pamelaz.com/room.html#labrosones

    Sarah takes turns with pianists Luciano Chessa and Joe Lasqo on an upright piano for an evening of adventurous music in the intimate ROOM series hosted by Pamela Z. Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison and Alabama), San Francisco. 

  • Sun
    21
    Sep
    2014

    Art in Nature Festival

    11am-5pm

    Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. http://www.samavesha.org/productions/art-in-nature-festival/

    11 am to 5 pm Sunday, September 21- Sarah performs in the glorious Art in Nature Festival in a redwood grove, in an outdoor immersive artistic experience featuring music, dance, sculpture, painting, martial arts, poetry, body painting, circus arts, theater, visual arts, storytelling, arts & crafts, and kids events. This free festival is produced by Samavesha. Sarah premieres nature-themed works by Pauline Oliveros and Danny Clay, meant to be performed outdoors, along with pieces about nature by Takemitsu, Messiaen, Mamoru Fujieda, and others.

  • Sun
    21
    Sep
    2014

    Berkeley Symphony’s Chamber Music Series

    5pm

    Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/concerts/concert-i/

    As part of the Berkeley Symphony’s chamber music series, Sarah performs music by Beethoven and Prokofiev with violinist Stuart Canin and other musicians. 

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014

    Piano Concert Series Featuring Sarah Cahill, Violinist Stuart Canin and Cellist Gianna Abondolo

    4pm

    503 B Street, P.O. Box 217, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 www.dancepalace.org.

    Sarah Cahill—recently called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle—has performed recently at Merkin Hall in New York and at Cal Performances in Berkeley. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, and Pauline Oliveros. The trio will perform Schubert's B-flat major Trio. Mr. Canin and Ms. Cahill will perform Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata in F major, op. 24 and Mozart's Sonata in E minor, K. 304 and Ms. Cahill will also play some solo pieces by Francois Couperin and Thomas Ades.

    Stuart Canin has served as the concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and major Hollywood studios. A graduate of Juilliard, he won the Paganini International Violin Competition, taught at Oberlin, the University of Iowa, the San Francisco Conservatory, and was a founding member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

    Gianna Abondolo was the top prizewinner of the 1988 Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Competition, she gave her New York solo debut performance in 1991 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she started playing the cello at age eight and subsequently began concertizing, including at the age of 15 a performance of Vivaldi’s double concerto with Yo-Yo Ma and the Crossroads School Orchestra of which Terry McQuilkin of the LA. Times wrote, “clearly a musician of exceptional talent”.

    Tickets are available in advance at www.dancepalace.org and at the door. The Dance Palace is located at the corner of 5th and B Streets in Point Reyes Station. For more information, contact (415) 663-1075, dance@horizoncable.com, or www.dancepalace.org.

  • Wed
    15
    Oct
    2014

    Sarah Cahill piano at the Sol Joseph Recital Hall

    8pm

    the Sol Joseph Recital Hall
    50 Oak Street San Francisco, CA 94131
    Email: cramos@sfcm.edu Phone: 415-503-6275

    Program
    Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99 Beethoven
    Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring" Mozart
    Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304 and solo piano works TBA

    Performers
    Sarah Cahill, piano
    Stuart Canin, violin
    Gianna Abondolo, cello

  • Wed
    15
    Oct
    2014

    Sarah Cahill piano at the Sol Joseph Recital Hall

    8pm

    the Sol Joseph Recital Hall
    50 Oak Street San Francisco, CA 94131
    Email: cramos@sfcm.edu Phone: 415-503-6275

    Program
    Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99 Beethoven
    Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring" Mozart
    Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304 and solo piano works TBA

    Performers
    Sarah Cahill, piano
    Stuart Canin, violin
    Gianna Abondolo, cello

  • Wed
    22
    Oct
    2014

    Garden of Memory

    5pm

    Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com.

    New Music Bay Area presents Garden of Memory, the annual summer solstice concert at the Chapel of the Chimes, a gorgeous columbarium and mausoleum designed by Julia Morgan.  Sarah performs music by Marc Blitzstein, James Tenney, Jim Fox, and Leo Ornstein.  Performers you can hear during this popular event include Charles Amirkhanian, Paul Dresher, Amy X. Neuburg, Walter Kitundu, Ed Campion, Brenda Hutchinson, Pamela Z, Willie Winant, Aaron Ximm, Laura Inserra, the Del Sol Quartet, John  Bischoff, Maggi Payne, and many others.  

  • Sun
    26
    Oct
    2014

    Pre-concert talk before Richard Goode’s Recital

    2pm

    Zellerbach Hall
    UC Berkeley

    Sarah gives the pre-concert talk before Richard Goode’s recital, which features the last three Schubert sonatas.  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley.  www.calperformances.org

  • Mon
    10
    Nov
    2014
    Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014

    Artist in Residence at Dickinson College

    Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

    Sarah and her husband John Sanborn are in residence at Dickinson College, where they perform the piano/video version of A Sweeter Music (Sarah will perform other programs as well) and give master classes and workshops, teach seminars, read student compositions, and work with young pianists, video artists, composers, dancers, and musicians among the student population.  Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  www.dickinson.edu/departments/music

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014

    MIT Sounding: Sarah Cahill

    4pm

    MIT Killian Hall, 14W
    160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 
    www.mit.edu

    Sarah performs several compositions from her "Sweeter Music" project, including Frederic Rzewski's Peace Dances, excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music, Terry Riley's Be Kind to One Another, Phil Kline's Long Winter, and Mamoru Fujieda's The Olive Branch Speaks, as well as Evan Ziporyn's Fragrant Forest from Pondok.

    E-mail: cast@mit.edu
    URL: Arts at MIT 2014-15 Sounding
    Phone: 617.252.1888

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014

    Berio in NYC

    7pm

    The Italian Academy, Columbia University
    1161 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027
    Tel (212) 854-2306
    Fax (212) 854-8479
    The Italian Academy Website

    Adam Tendler and Sarah perform a program of Luciano Berio, focusing on the works he composed while living in New York, including Touch (1991) for piano four-hands, Erdenklavier (1969), Cinque Variazione (1952/3, rev. 1966), Canzonetta (1991), for piano four-hands, Rounds (1967), Memory (1969/73) for electric piano and electric harpsichord, Sequenza IV (1965/66), Wasserklavier (1965), and Feuerklavier (1989).

  • Fri
    19
    Dec
    2014

    New Recording

    8pm Los Angeles, CA. Sarah records Peter Garland’s four-movement After the Wars (part of her Sweeter Music commissioning project) for the Cold Blue label.

“as tenacious and committed an advocate as
any composer could dream of”

-San Francisco Chronicle