the new year
Sarah looks forward to a new year preparing several recordings, touring with the sixty compositions in her project The Future is Female, collaborating with ensembles, traveling to Germany and the UK for concerts, premiering new commissioned works by Frederic Rzewski and other composers, and initiating a new concert series. More news coming soon!
teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oak Street, San Francisco
Sarah teaches a two-week winter term exploring approaches to including music by women in classical concert programs.
pre-concert talks for the LA Phil7 pm and 1 pm
Disney Hall, Los Angeles
Sarah delivers the pre-concert talk before the LA Phil’s performance of John Adams’ Naive and Sentimental Music and the premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power, commissioned by the LA Phil.
Pleasant Dreaming in Aptos7:30 pm
Samper Recital Hall
6500 Soquel Drive
Sarah performs the newly revised version of Phil Collins’ Pleasant Dreaming as part of New Music Works’ annual Night of the Living Composers concert.
pre-concert talk at Cal Performances, Schnabel radio show2 pm
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Sarah gives a pre-concert lecture about Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage before Louis Lortie’s performance of all three books of the Années.
At 8 pm that evening, Sarah is joined in the KALW studio by Ann and Francois Mottier from the Schnabel Music Foundation for their annual Schnabel tribute program on Sarah’s show Revolutions Per Minute. Ann Mottier is the daughter of Karl-Ulrich Schnabel and granddaughter of Artur Schnabel. They will play recordings by the Schnabel family and talk about their extraordinary legacy.
Berkeley Symphony: Gershwin | Zimmerman - CANCELLED8:00pm
Zellerbach Hall @ UC Berkeley
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA 94720
Milhaud ~ La creation du Monde*
Schuller ~ Journey Into Jazz
Zimmermann ~ Trumpet Concerto*
Gershwin ~ An American in Paris*
*Sarah playing piano, celeste, and Hammond B3 organ, respectively
concert at Dresher Studio
Paul Dresher Studio- contact Sarah for more information
Sarah performs a few selected movements of Frederic Rzewski’s new six-movement work Humanitas, Paul Dresher’s Two Entwined, Gabriela Ortiz’s Prelude and Etude No. 3, Lois V Vierk’s Yeah Yeah Yeah, and other recent compositions.
San Francisco Performances Family Dayafternoon
War Memorial Building, San Francisco
Sarah performs compositions from her project The Future is Female during a free all-day celebration of San Francisco Performances’ Fortieth Anniversary.
Piano Talk: Sarah Cahill7:30pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sarah Cahill presents work by female composers from the 17th to early 20th centuries in this Piano Talk as a celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Old First Concerts recital- livestreamed8 pm
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco
Sarah performs Germaine Tailleferre’s Partita, Margaret Bonds’ Troubled Water, Lois V Vierk’s Yeah Yeah Yeah, Gabriela Ortiz’s Prelude and Etude No. 3, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne, Graczyna Bacewicz’s Scherzo, Betsy Jolas’ Tango Si?, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Peggy’s Rag, and Elizabeth A. Baker’s Four Planes. This concert is a benefit for Compass Family Services. Depending on the shelter in place regulations, the concert will be livestreamed with either no audience or with an audience of under ten people.
POSTPONED - Munich Chamber Orchestra: Terry Riley Program10:00pm
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany
“The Gift“ from Salome Dances for Peace (1985/6)
Fandango on the Heaven Ladder (1996)
Keyboard Study No. 1 (1965)
In C (1964)
Boulanger Initiative: The Future is Female2pm
This is a free, livestreamed event.
On July 9th and 10th at 2pm, The Boulanger Initiative will present The Future is Female: In Conversation and Performance. Cahill will present two unique hour-long programs, totaling 12 pre-recorded videos, including three video premieres.
Albany Bulb, under a palm tree overlooking the bay
My grandmother had a Kimball spinet, and whenever I would visit her, she would ask me to play her Schubert’s Impromptu in A-flat minor. My father inherited the spinet, and after transporting it to various temporary homes around the country, he finally brought it back to Berkeley. It is time to bid it farewell. In a picturesque spot sheltered from the wind, I’ll perform a concert of music which sounds particularly good on an upright piano, combining works by the Ethiopian nun Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou and some of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants. Please note that this concert is by invitation only. Because of covid-19, we have to limit the number of listeners to only a dozen or so. Fortunately, the spinet will go to a new home after this performance.
livestream from Harrison House10 am
Harrison House in Joshua Tree
Not all music is suitable for upright pianos. This program intentionally features compositions written with upright pianos in mind. The remarkable Ethiopian nun Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, now 96 years old, composes and performs her music on an old upright. She considers her music to be very much in the classical tradition, and prefers the upright to the concert grand. Mamoru Fujieda has composed many of his Patterns of Plants on an old German upright piano. These are pieces dedicated to Lou Harrison who, he says “taught me the pleasure of writing melodies.” Patterns of Plants is Fujieda’s answer to the question: What do the voices of plants sound like? For this concert, Sarah combines works by Guèbrou and Fujieda with several pieces by Lou Harrison, including Tandy’s Tango, Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen, and the premiere of his 1943 Serenade, which he later arranged for three recorders for himself and Henry and Sidney Cowell.
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology is a residency and performance program for international artists and environmental activists established in 2006. Based in the late composer Lou Harrison’s desert retreat in Joshua Tree, California, the program awards great minds with the time to create and share their very best work in an historic and inspiring setting.
Tucked away in the vast desert landscape near the border of Joshua Tree National Park, the majestic composers’ cave Harrison built for himself and his friends in 2002, inspires artists and audiences though this innovative program.
Bang on a Can Marathon Live Online!12:00pm PST/3:00pm EST
Annea Lockwood ~ RCSC
Musaics of the Bay12:00pm PST
This is an online event
Musaics of the Bay presents a “Stay at Home Symposium,” featuring collaborative online concerts inspired by community submissions. On September 7th, Sarah Cahill will perform a work composed by Michelle Li, released at 12pm PST on YouTube.
Piano Talk- Challenging the Canon7 pm
This is an online eventChallenging the Canon – To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, Sarah Cahill advocates for integrating women composers into standard repertoire for pianists. With works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Fanny Mendelssohn, Gabriela Ortiz, and others — along with a “blind listening” test confronting our biases about women composers — Sarah asks pianists to at least question, if not challenge, the canon of works we all study and perform at conservatories and universities and music schools around the world.In her project “The Future is Female,” Sarah has been performing more than sixty works by women from around the globe, from the 18th century to the present day, in marathon concerts at the North Dakota Museum of Art, the University of Iowa, and Carolina Performing Arts, with more marathons scheduled for the Barbican Centre, the National Gallery, and BAMPFA in 2021.Piano Talks are presented by the Ross McKee Foundation. Find out more at http://www.rossmckeefoundation.org/
Old First Concerts: Stenberg | Cahill Duo - livestreamed4pm
This is an online event
The Stenberg | Cahill Duo, dedicated to promoting the American experimental tradition and expanding it through the commissioning of new work, performs a livestreamed concert presented by Old First Concerts.
Somei Satoh ~ Birds in Warped Time II
Mary Watkins ~ Summer Days (world premiere)
Ronald Bruce Smith ~ Ascent (world premiere)
Lili Boulanger ~ Nocturne
Ruth Crawford ~ “Buoyant” from Violin Sonata
Germaine Tailleferre ~ Adagietto from Sonata No. 2
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ~ Deep River (arr. by Maud Powell)
Brahms- Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, op. 100
American Composers Forum (ACF) and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL) present Uneven Measures Panel No. 3: Advocating for Gender Equity2:00pm PT
This is an online event
Presented by the American Composers Forum (ACF) and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL), Uneven Measures marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment while recognizing the complexity of women’s suffrage and barriers to participation that still exist today.
Sarah Cahill joins artists Terri Lyne Carrington, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Nirmala Rajasekar in a panel discussion facilitated by Aiden Feltkamp.
Register for this free event here.
Old First Concerts 50th Anniversary Gala2:00pm PT
Sarah Cahill performs Theresa Wong’s She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees for Old First Concerts’ 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Webinar presented by San Francisco Symphony6:00pm PT
This is an online event.
for donors of the San Francisco Symphony
Sarah discusses 5 female composers – Barbara Strozzi, Louise Farrenc, Florence Price, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Gabriela Ortiz
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 202011:45am PT
This is an online event
Sarah Cahill performs The Future is Female for hcmf// 2020.
Deirdre Gribbin ~ Unseen
Annea Lockwood ~ Ear-Walking Woman
Theresa Wong ~ She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees
Maria de Alvear ~ Intenso
Aida Shirazi ~ Albumblatt
Gabriela Ortiz ~ Preludio y Estudio No. 3
conversation with Alex Winter about Zappa5 pm
Sarah talks by zoom with Alex Winter about his new documentary about Frank Zappa.
Piano Break5:00pm PT
For this innovative series presented by the Ross McKee Foundation, Sarah performs a recital featuring the premiere of Regina Harris Baiocchi’s Piano Poems, inspired by poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Richard Wright, along with George Lewis’ Endless Shout, Mary Watkins’ Summer Days, Aida Shirazi’s Albumblatt, and Reena Esmail’s Rang de Basant.
Amateur Music Network workshop2:00pm PTIn a workshop entitled “At Home with Sarah Cahill,” Sarah talks about her life in new music, working with composers, commissioning and premiering and recording new compositions, and how her work in radio and music criticism have made her a better pianist.
San Francisco Conservatory Faculty Concert2:00pm PT
George Lewis ~ Endless Shout
Aida Shirazi ~ Albumblatt
Reena Esmail ~ Rang de Basant
Regina Harris Baiocchi ~ Piano Poems
Riley Nicholson ~ Up for two pianos w/ Regina Myers (world premiere)