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2016

  • Sun
    17
    Jan
    2016

    Chaconnes

    4 pm

    Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco.  nvcm.org

    Sarah explores the form of the chaconne from the seventeenth century to the present day, including chaconnes by Henry Purcell, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Louis Couperin, George Friedrich Handel, Carl Nielsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Stefan Wolpe, and the premiere of Still Cycles by Danny Clay.  A 3:15 pm talk precedes the concert.

  • Mon
    22
    Feb
    2016

    Full: First

    7 pm

    Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

    Sarah curates a new series at the new Berkeley Art Museum, called "Full" and presented on the evening of each full moon.  The first will be an evening of composer-performers including Evan Ziporyn, influential clarinetist and cofounder of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Though based on the East Coast, Cal alumnus Ziporyn maintains his ties to Berkeley; his opera A House in Bali premiered at Cal Performances in 2009. Local groundbreaking singer and composer Amy X Neuburg, who has “scoped out her own territory in the gulf between pop and classical” (Village Voice), returns to BAMPFA as well. And the delightfully inventive Luciano Chessa performs his irreverent and abstract sonic experiments in our new building for the first time. Plus explore the exhibition galleries and discover simultaneous performances throughout the building.

    See more at: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/event/full-first#sthash.1KllD3Cf.dpuf
  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016

    Patterns of Plants at Noguchi Museum

    all day

    Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, New York.  noguchi.org/museum

    The Noguchi Museum was founded and designed by the great Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) for the display of what he considered to be representative examples of his life’s work. Opened in 1985, the Museum is housed in a converted industrial building, connected to a building and interior garden of Noguchi’s design.  The Museum is considered in itself to be one of the artist’s greatest works. Noguchi designed the Museum complex as an open-air sculpture garden ensconced within a building that houses ten galleries. As a whole, the Museum provides an intimate, reflective space in which to experience Noguchi’s sculpture and design, fulfilling a vision that the artist deemed essential to his life’s work. Visitors enter the two-story Museum through the sculpture garden. While the ground-floor galleries and garden contain a permanent presentation of work by the artist, selected from his own collection, since 2004, the Museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions that offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s work in the upper galleries.  For five days, Sarah will perform Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants in the museum, whether visitors are there or not.  Noguchi and Fujieda share an aesthetic sensibility which honors the quietude, spareness, and ritual of Japanese tradition while creating new and original works of art, wielding great power through their subtlety. 
     

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016

    Angel's Steps

    3 pm

    First Congregational Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz.

    Presented by New Music Works, Sarah performs a variety of music from the 20th century, including Eitan Steinberg's Angel's Steps (written for Sarah), Bunita Marcus' Julia, Phil Collins' Springing, James Tenney's Three Rags, and music by Lou Harrison, Ann Southam, Percy Grainger, Johanna Beyer, Marc Blitzstein, and others. 

  • Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016

    Berkeley Public Library- women's history month

    2 pm

    Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley

    For Women's History Month, Sarah performs a program of compositions by women, including Ruth Crawford, Pauline Oliveros, Ann Southam, Sofia Gubaidulina, and others. 

  • Wed
    23
    Mar
    2016

    Full: Voice

    7 pm

    Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley.

    Sarah curates the second evening of the "Full" series at the new Berkeley Art Museum.  This one focuses on the human voice, and features Pamela Z, Richard Mix, and the Cardew Choir. 

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    residency at Old First Concerts

    8 pm

    Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco.

    Sarah performs a program of music written for her over the past several decades, including works by John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, Kyle Gann, Paul Dresher, and others.  www.oldfirstconcerts.org

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    New England Conservatory seminar

    10 am

    New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

    Sarah talks to, and performs for, a seminar class conducted by the wonderful and adventurous pianist Bruce Brubaker.

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016

    Full series- Invent

    7 pm

    Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

    An encounter with homemade and experimental instruments, curated by Sarah. Composer and instrument builder Paul Dresher brings his “omnivorous sensibility” (San Francisco Chronicle) to bear on works for his Quadrachord, joined by innovative percussionist Joel Davel on his Marimba Lumina. In addition, Edward Schocker performs on his own updated version of the glass harmonica, and multi-instrumentalist Laura Inserra creates a rich tapestry for the ears with instruments from around the world. And Guy Klucevsek makes a very special appearance with his accordion. - See more at: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu
  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Luciano Chessa retrospective

    8 pm

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

    As part of New Frequencies Fest,Luciano Chessa showcases his past, recent, and premiere works through 64 hand-picked artists encompassing gospel, orchestra, symphony, and opera. The internationally renowned Bay Area based artist shapes A Retrospective as a self-portrait culminating 30 years of his artistry. The premiere, A Blind Date, takes inspiration from his personal life and experiences as an openly gay Italian man. Known for challenging traditionalism and exploring instruments beyond their inherent use, prepare to expect the unexpected.  Sarah performs Chessa's Petrolio with percussionist Chris Froh and a group of four-hand pieces with Chessa as duo partner.

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2016

    Chaconnes

    6:30 pm

    Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco

    Sarah explores the form of the chaconne from the seventeenth century to the present day, including chaconnes by Henry Purcell, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Louis Couperin, George Friedrich Handel, Carl Nielsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Stefan Wolpe, and a new chaconne, Still Cycles, by Danny Clay.  This is part of the informal Hotel Rex series presented by San Francisco Performances.

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    Presidio Sessions

    6 pm

    Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco

    In this inventive new series presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Sarah performs a range of twentieth century music including Percy Grainger’s Immovable Do (1940) Ann Southam’s Rivers, Series II, No. 7 (1979), James Tenney’s Three
    Rags (1969), Johanna Beyer’s Dissonant Counterpoint: #5, 7, and 8 (1934), Marc Blitzstein’s Scherzo (Bourgeois at Play)
    (1930), Bunita Marcus’s Julia (1989), and Lou Harrison’s Range Song (1939) and Reel (For Henry Cowell) (1939).
    Tickets are free but a reservation is required at http://www.sffcm.org/presidio-sessions/.

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016

    Garden of Memory

    5 to 9 pm

    Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

    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.  Performers you can hear during this popular event include Henry Kaiser, Robin Petrie, the William Winant Percussion Group, Gyan Riley, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg,  the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Dylan Mattingly, Laura Inserra, Maggi Payne, Pamela Z, Wayne Grim, Sarah Cahill, and many more. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory "a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor."  Pick up a map with performer locations, or just wander freely, discovering a variety of acoustic and electronic music in the four hours before twilight.  Sarah and Kate Stenberg perform two movements from Henry Cowell's Sonata for Violin and Piano, and then team up with Willie Winant for two movements from Lou Harrison's Varied Trio.  Sarah also performs Preludes Nos. 4 and 6 by Ruth Crawford.  www.gardenofmemory.com

  • Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016

    Flower Piano 2016

    11 am to noon

    San Francisco Botanical Garden

    Flower Piano returns to Golden Gate Park for its second annual twelve-day installation of pianos and music. Pianos will be placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by talented local musicians scheduled on weekends. Last year, Flower Piano, the brainchild of Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell, broke 75 years of attendance records for the Botanical Gardens, and was a huge success.  Check out http://sunsetpiano.com/flowerpiano/ for a full schedule.  Sarah and violinist Kate Stenberg perform an hour-long set with selections from Lou Harrison's Grand Duo, Henry Cowell's Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Ruth Crawford's Sonata for Violin and Piano.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Flower Piano 2016

    noon to 2 pm

    Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Flower Piano returns to Golden Gate Park for its second annual twelve-day installation of pianos and music. Pianos will be placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by talented local musicians scheduled on weekends. Last year, Flower Piano, the brainchild of Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell, broke 75 years of attendance records for the Botanical Gardens, and was a huge success.  Check out http://sunsetpiano.com/flowerpiano/ for a full schedule.  Sarah performs a two-hour program of works by Ravel and Debussy, including Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin and Une barque sur l'ocean and Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, Estampes, and Pour le piano.

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016

    Music by the Mountain

    7 pm

    Mount Shasta, CA

    Sarah and violinist Kate Stenberg perform Mozart's Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333, Germaine Tailleferre's Sonata No. 2, Henry Cowell's Sonata for Violin and Piano (1945), and music by Lou Harrison and other composers.

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016

    Music by the Mountain

    4 pm

    Mount Shasta, CA

    Sarah and violinist Kate Stenberg perform Mozart's Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333, Brahms' Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 100, Debussy's Sonata in G minor, and Cowell's Sonata No. 1.  

  • Mon
    12
    Sep
    2016

    School Concerts

    Time TBA

    Mount Shasta, CA

    Sarah and Kate Stenberg perform and speak at various schools in the Mount Shasta area, as part of the Music by the Mountain festival.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016

    Point Reyes Dance Palace

    2 pm

    Point Reyes Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, CA

    Sarah and violinist Kate Stenberg perform Brahms' Sonata in A major, op. 100, Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333, Debussy's Sonata in G minor, Cowell's Sonata, Ruth Crawford's Sonata, and Hovhaness' Khirgiz Suite op. 73 no. 1.  More information at www.dancepalace.org.

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016

    Sunset Arts

    Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco

    Sarah and violinist Kate Stenberg perform Mozart's Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333, Brahms' Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 100, and Cowell's Sonata for Violin and Piano.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016

    Complete Piano Etudes by Philip Glass

    7:30 pm

    Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford University

    A performance of Philip Glass' Complete Etudes for piano, to open the Stanford Live season.  Sarah performs Etudes Nos. 5, 6, 11, and 12, joining four other pianists: Philip Glass, Anton Batagov, Jenny Lin, and Aaron Diehl.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016

    Bard College concert

    7 pm

    Conservatory Concert Hall, Bard College

    Sarah performs Henry Cowell's Rhythmicana (1938), Ruth Crawford's Preludes No. 6 and 9 (1928), Dane Rudhyar's Pomp and Yearning (from Fourth Pentagram) (1925), Kyle Gann's On Reading Emerson (2006), Peter Garland's Walk in Beauty (1989), Ann Southam's Glass Houses No. 7 (1981), and John Halle's Rozology (2000).

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016

    Fresh Sound Music Series

    7:30 pm

    Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA 92113

    In this adventurous series, Sarah performs George Lewis' Endless Shout, Samuel Carl Adams' Shade Studies, Ann Southam's Glass Houses No. 7, Terry Riley's Be Kind to One Another, Maggi Payne's Holding Pattern, and Frederic Rzewski's Peace Dances.

     

    www.freshsoundmusic.com

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016

    Old First Concerts - Benefit Concert

    3pm

    Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Featuring Sarah Cahill, piano; Luciano Chessa, piano; Daniel Glover, piano; Heidi Hau, piano; Mack McCray, piano; Robert Schwartz, piano; William Wellborn, piano

    www.oldfirstconcerts.org

  • Mon
    07
    Nov
    2016

    Keynote Lecture for Festival of New American Music

    12:00 pm

    Sacramento State University

    Sarah delivers the Keynote Lecture for the Sacramento Festival of New American Music.  

  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016

    39th Annual Festival of New American Music

    8:00 pm

    Sacramento State School of Music Capistrano Hall, 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819

    Sarah performs works from A Sweeter Music with video by John Sanborn.  The program includes excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music, Frederic Rzewski's Peace Dances, Jerome Kitzke's There is a Field, selections from Larry Polansky's B'midbar, Kyle Gann's War is Just a Racket, Preben Antonsen's Dar Al-Harb, and Terry Riley's Be Kind to One Another.  

    Festival of New American Music website

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2016

    Faculty Concert at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    Time TBA

    San Francisco Conservatory Concert Hall, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco. 

    Sarah performs Lou Harrison's Varied Trio with violinist Kate Stenberg and percussionist Willie Winant, as well as Henry Cowell's Violin and Piano Sonata (1945) with Kate and solo piano works by Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, and others.  Free!

  • Wed
    14
    Dec
    2016

    Chaconnes Revisited

    6:30 pm - SOLD OUT!

    Hotel Rex , 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

    Having performed a program of chaconnes from the 18th to 20th centuries at San Francisco Performances' Salons at the Rex series last May, Sarah has been invited back for Chaconnes Revisited, including Danny Clay's Still Cycles, inspired by Handel's Chaconne in G major, as well as chaconnes by John Blow, Cecile Chaminade, Sofia Gubaidulina, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and others.

    More information

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016

    Musical Reflections of 2016

    11 am to 3 pm

    Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

    Chapel of the Chimes and New Music Bay Area present Musical Reflections of 2016, a free four-hour musical community gathering in honor of those we've lost this year, including the Ghost Ship fire victims and beloved composer Pauline Oliveros. Musicians include survivors of the Ghost Ship community who will play music for their lost friends and bandmates, and close collaborators of Pauline Oliveros, who had deep roots in the Bay Area. Musical Reflections of 2016 gives us all a chance to gather and mourn many events and loved ones from this difficult year. Several of Pauline Oliveros’ works being performed invite audience participation.  Sarah performs Oliveros' "A Trilling Piece for Terry" and other works.

     

    Performers are all donating their services and talents, and include Kitka, the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir, Sharmi Basu, the William Winant Percussion Group, the Cardew Choir, Samuel Carl Adams, Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, Luciano Chessa, Dylan Mattingly, Pamela Z, Edward Schocker and Thingamajigs Performance Collective, Majel Connery, Jay Fields, Diane Grubbe, John Sanborn, Tyrel Williams, Phil Gelb, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Sarah Cahill, Danny Clay, John Benson, Carletta Sue Kay, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Ramon Sender, Zina Bozzay, Joshua Howes, and many more. Performances are simultaneous and throughout the beautiful chapels and alcoves and spaces at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes. Musical Reflections of 2016 is curated by Sarah Cahill and Lucy Mattingly, who also curate the summer solstice concert Garden of Memory at the Chapel of the Chimes each year.

     

    Guests are invited to walk through the multilevel maze of internal gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. The facility’s numerous chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with antiquities that date back to the 16th century. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

     

    Musical Reflections of 2016 offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multilevel maze of interior gardens, alcoves, pools, and antechambers ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan. Chapel of the Chimes, the largest above-ground cemetery west of the Mississippi, started out as a street car station and became the California Memorial Crematorium and Columbarium in 1909. The property was expanded and transformed by Julia Morgan and later, Aaron Green – a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. The lobby and hallways feature artwork by Diego Rivera, a marble table top from the Medici family crest and a page from the Gutenberg Bible.

    Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation or carpool, since parking will be limited.

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