2 pm Sunday, January 19- 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
11 am and 6:30 pm Friday, January 24- 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 Rhythmicana, Celtic Set, Hilarious Curtain Opener, High 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.
Monday, January 27- Sarah begins teaching her weekly class on 20th Century and Contemporary Keyboard Literature. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco. www.sfcm.edu.
7:30 pm Saturday, February 8 and 2 pm Sunday, February 9- 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.
Wednesday, February 12 to Sunday, February 16- 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
7 pm Thursday, February 13- 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.” Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco. www.exploratorium.edu.
8 pm Friday, February 28- 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. SF Jazz, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. www.otherminds.org.
Saturday, March 8- 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. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo, Oakland. www.piedmontpiano.com.
Monday, March 17- Sarah performs for the Performance Forum. California Institute of the Arts. 24700 McBean Pkwy, Los Angeles (Valencia). www.calarts.edu.
10 am Saturday, April 5- 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. SF Jazz, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. www.sfperformances.org.
7 pm Thursday, April 10- As part of the Resonance series at the Exploratorium, Sarah has an onstage conversation with Jem Finer, a 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. Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco. www.exploratorium.edu.
April 23 and 24- recording sessions for Jerome Kitzke’s There is a Field, New York City.
photo by Christine Alicino
7 pm Thursday, January 17- As part of the Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science, and Humanities (SMMMASH), Sarah participates in a panel about The Body, joined by Antara Bhardwaj, Oussama Khatib, and Ken Goldberg, and moderated by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi. Stanford Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford University. http://www.smmmash.com/
8 pm Saturday, January 19- Sarah performs a classical program including Beethoven’s Sonata in E major opus 109, Bach’s English Suite No. 3 in G major, Debussy’s Pour le piano, and Four Pieces opus 119 by Brahms. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Friday, February 8- Sarah performs Andrew Lovett’s Four Preludes, sharing an evening with author and scholar Philippa Kelly, who will discuss Across the Atlantic, Across the Pacific: Conversations About Diaspora, exploring the sense of loss and shame in the cultures of both colonial and Aboriginal Australians. She looks at how the theater, and especially the themes of King Lear, can help us understand and express racial blindness in the context of national histories of loss. British-born composer Andrew Lovett composed his preludes as a gift for a young friend who was learning piano and had a strong penchant for the music of JS Bach. Philippa Kelly, a descendant of convicts shipped from England to Australia in chains is resident dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater and author of The King and I. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Saturday, February 16- Sarah performs the U.S. premiere of Intenso, a seventy-minute meditative piece by Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear. Alcohol and cookies will be served. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Saturday, March 9- Sarah pairs two post-minimalist masterpieces: Imaginary Dances by William Duckworth (1943-2012) and selections from Glass Houses by Ann Southam (1937-2010). Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue between Shattuck and Oxford, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Sunday, March 17- Sarah pairs two post-minimalist masterpieces: Imaginary Dances by William Duckworth (1943-2012) and selections from Glass Houses by Ann Southam (1937-2010). Splitting the evening with Sarah is the brilliant young pianist Adam Tendler, who will present brand new solo piano and electroacoustic works by his composer friends from across the world, including a premiere of his own. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. www.roulette.org
March 26, 27, and 28- Recording sessions in Santa Cruz for A Sweeter Music, to be released later this year by Other Minds.
7:30 pm Saturday, April 6- As part of the New Music Miami Festival, Sarah performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music, including Frederic Rzewski’s Peace Dances, Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another, Meredith Monk’s Steppe Music, Phil Kline’s The Long Winter, and excerpts from Larry Polansky’s B’midbar. Presented in collaboration with the Foundation for Emerging Technologies and the Arts. CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios | 420 Lincoln Road, 4th Floor, Miami Beach https://calendar.fiu.edu/events/view/14138
6 pm Friday, May 10- At a gala for the Berkeley Symphony, Sarah plays Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar with violinist Rene Mandel, who is executive director of the Berkeley Symphony. Claremont Hotel, Berkeley. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/support/special-events/2013gala/
4 pm Sunday, May 19- A tribute to composer Don Cobb, who was born in Oakland in 1936, studied with Leon Kirchner and Darius Milhaud, and wrote extensively for chamber groups and for voice. Sarah performs the suite Remnants with clarinetist Larry London, violinist Victor Romasevich, and bassist Michael Taddei, and also performs Places No. 9 for solo piano. Also on the program is Crazy Jane Songs set to poetry by W.B. Yeats, with soprano Eileen Morris, flutist Jane Lenoir, oboist Robin May, clarinetist Marilyn Martella, violist Nancy Ellis, bassoonist Karla Ekholm, trumpetist Laurie McGaw, trombonist Kurt Patzner, and tubaist Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba, conducted by Larry London. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
2 pm Wednesday, May 29- Sarah is a panelist for a session called “Defying Boundaries,” about presenting music in unusual and alternative spaces, at the California Presenters conference. The Sainte Claire Hotel, 302 S Market Street, San Jose. http://www.calpresenters.org/
June 19, 22, 25, and 28; July 2, 5, and 7- Sarah is the pre-opera speaker before each performance of Mark Adamo’s new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commissioned by San Francisco Opera. Mary Magdalene is placed at the center of the story in this world premiere by Adamo, whose Little Women is apparently the most frequently performed new opera of the past twenty years. Kevin Newbury directs a cast that includes Sasha Cooke, William Burden and Maria Kanyova. Nathan Gunn sings the role of Yeshua. Michael Christie, in his San Francisco Opera debut, conducts. Sarah’s pre-opera talks are free to ticketholders and take place in the main theater in the orchestra section, 55 minutes before curtain.
5 to 9 pm Friday, June 21 - 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, the William Winant Percussion Group, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg, Wobbly, Miya Masaoka and Larry Ochs, Carl Stone, Laura Inserra, Sarah Cahill, Wayne Grim, Luciano Chessa, Juraj Kojs, and many more. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory "a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor." Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com.
6:45 to 9:30 pm Monday, July 8- Sarah joins a Leonardo Art/Science Evening, moderated by cognitive scientist and cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, focused on the intersection between the arts and sciences. The other speakers are Christine Marie, Dave Deamer, and Adrian David Cheok. Fromm Hall, Maier Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco. http://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/jul2013.html
Saturday, July 14- In conjunction with an exhibition titled “Sentimental Value,” Sarah performs a group of pieces either commissioned by her or written for her, including music by Ingram Marshall, Annea Lockwood, John Adams, Terry Riley, and others. Philadelphia Arts Alliance, 251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PAhttp://www.philartalliance.org.
8 pm Friday, August 2- - Sarah performs John Kennedy’s Naturali Periclitati , Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne, Samuel Carl Adams’ Piano Step, selections from Ann Southam’s Glass Houses, and more. Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. www.oldfirstconcerts.org.
Tuesday, September 17- Sarah joins the dynamic percussionist Chris Froh in Luciano Chessa’s Petrolio , a four-movement homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini, as part of a city-wide celebration of Pasolini and his films, poetry, and enduring influence. Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco. http://www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it/IIC_Sanfrancisco
2 to 5 pm Sunday, September 22- CD release party! Other Minds announces the release of A Sweeter Music, featuring compositions by Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Kyle Gann, Meredith Monk, Carl Stone, Yoko Ono, Phil Kline, and The Residents. Sarah performs a few selections from the recording. Refreshments will be served, and signed CDs will be available for purchase, two days before the official release date!
2pm to 5pm, 2133 University Avenue (between Oxford and Shattuck), Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Thursday, October 3- With soprano Amy Foote and bass Richard Mix, Sarah performs the premieres of two Italian pocket operas: La Giornata di Betty Boop by Ada Gentile, with the composer in attendance, and King Kong, Amore Mio by Fabrizio de Rossi Re. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, and organized by the indomitable Luciano Chessa. Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco. www.centerfornewmusic.com.
7 pm Thursday, October 10- Sarah hosts the inaugural evening of the ResOnance series in the gorgeous Kanbar Forum at the new Exploratorium. Facilitated by composer Wayne Grim, and paying homage to Charles Amirkhanian’s long-running “Speaking of Music” series at the Exploratorium, the series features onstage performances, in-depth interviews, and online episodes and site-specific sound installations that showcase work by local and visiting artists and composers. Tonight’s performer is Cheryl E. Leonard, who presents an evening of Antarctic music including compositions inspired by tidewater glaciers, weather patterns, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctic wildlife. Phillip Greenlief and Cheryl Leonard will perform live on rocks, shells, and penguin bones from Antarctica, plus icicles, kelp, sand, salt, and glass. The ResOnance series continues in December with Roscoe Mitchell. Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco. http://www.exploratorium.edu.
8 pm Saturday, October 19- Sarah performs selections from Hans Otte’s Das Buch der Klange (The Book of Sounds), Beat Furrer’s Voicelessness, and music by Ann Southam and Annea Lockwood as part of a joint concert with the brilliant young pianist Adam Tendler, in a series curated by Jon Raskin. Center for New Music. 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco. www.centerfornewmusic.com.
Saturday, November 16- Sarah performs compositions from her project “A Sweeter Music,” including Frederic Rzewski’s Peace Dances, Ingram Marshall’s Movement (Deep in My Heart), Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another, selections from Larry Polansky’s bmidbar, excerpts from Meredith Monk’s Steppe Music, and Mamoru Fujieda’s 19th Collection from Patterns of Plants. Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida. www.fetafoundation.org.
8 pm Friday, November 22- In a concert presented by New Keys, Sarah joins her duo partner Regina Schaffer in the first thirty of Evan Ziporyn’s 100 30-Second Pieces for Two Pianos. Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco. www.newkeysconcert.org and www.centerfornewmusic.com.
Friday, January 20 Sarah resumes teaching a weekly class on 20th Century Keyboard Literature at the San Francisco Conservatory.
7:30 pm Friday, February 10 Sarah performs in a concert celebrating the music of Julius Eastman, featuring works for multiple pianos and for two singers. Julius Eastman (1940–90) was one of the first composers to convincingly combine rock and house influences with minimalist processes. Active in New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he endured addiction and homelessness and died alone, most likely of AIDS-related conditions. His pioneering work paved the way for generations of experimental composers and pop artists. Guest curated by composer/musicologist Luciano Chessa, this performance will be the first major Bay Area presentation of his compositions, including Gay Guerilla, an expansive and emotional work for multiple pianos. The five other pianists are Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, Regina Schaffer, Dominique Leone, and Joseph Colombo. Singers Richard Mix and Kevin Baum also perform. Gallery B, Berkeley Art Museum, Bancroft Way below College Avenue, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/late021012
7:30 pm Friday, February 24 For the Alfred Loeffler New Music Symposium, Sarah conducts a master class about new music for the piano and performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music, including Frederic Rzewski’s Peace Dances, Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another, Phil Kline’s The Long Winter, and an excerpt of Meredith Monk’s Steppe Music. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, California State University Chico. http://www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com/calendar/music.shtml
8 pm Tuesday, March 6 Sarah performs "The Mystical Tone," exploring the work of composers who were inspired in the early 20th century by Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, astrology, and Transcendentalism, among them Scriabin, Dane Rudhyar, Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell, and Erik Satie. Composer/songwriter Julia Holter performs at 9 pm. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York. (212) 505- FISH. http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/artist/4645
8 pm Thursday, March 8 Sarah teams up with the remarkable trombonist/composer Monique Buzzarte in Pauline Oliveros’ improvisational The Gender of Now. This concert is in the Interpretations series and features sets by Monique Buzzarte and composer Bun-Ching Lam. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. http://www.roulette.org/events/event.php/INTERPRETATIONMAR
6 pm Friday, May 18- Sarah performs Dylan Mattingly’s When Suddenly the Car Swerved and Flew Off Into Space as well as an excerpt from Racer, the last movement of Paul Dresher’s Elapsed Time for violin and piano, with Berkeley Symphony concertmaster Franklyn D’Antonio, at a gala presented by the Berkeley Symphony. Claremont Hotel, Berkeley. http://www.berkeleysymphony.org/support/special-events/
8 pm Saturday, May 19- Sarah joins Regina Schaffer for a concert of Terry Riley’s four-hand pieces, including Etude from the Old Country, Cinco de Mayo, Waltz for Charismas, Jaztine, and Tango Doble Ladiado. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
7:30 pm Friday, May 25- Sarah performs a newly discovered solo piano piece by Lou Harrison, composed in 1938 and probably not heard since then, at a major concert of his music produced by New Albion Records, celebrating what would have been the ninety-fifth birthday of the brilliant and innovative California composer. The evening features a performance of La Koro Sutro, with three choruses- the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Sacred and Profane, and the USF Classical Choral Ensemble- conducted by Marika Kuzma, joined by an American gamelan led by Willie Winant, as well as chamber works, including the Varied Trio performed by the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Arrive early for best seating (doors open at 5 pm). A limited number of chairs will be available; please bring a pillow and make yourself comfortable on the gallery floor (the orange blob is gone!). Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way below College Avenue, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/late052512
Sunday, June 3- Sarah performs in a concert celebrating the music of Julius Eastman, featuring works for multiple pianos and for two singers. Julius Eastman (1940–90) was one of the first composers to convincingly combine rock and house influences with minimalist processes. Active in New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he endured addiction and homelessness and died alone, most likely of AIDS-related conditions. His pioneering work paved the way for generations of experimental composers and pop artists. Curated by composer/musicologist Luciano Chessa, this performance will include Gay Guerilla, an expansive and emotional work for multiple pianos. The six pianists are Sarah, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, Regina Schaffer, Dominique Leone, and Joseph Colombo. St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 25 Lake Street, San Francisco. www.stjohnssf.org
8 pm Friday, June 8- Jerome Kitzke and The Mad Coyote, with special guests ETHEL, actor Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, pianist Sarah Cahill, percussionist Barbara Merjan and accordionist Guy Klucevsek, will perform five works of Mr. Kitzke, including the world premiere of Winter Count, with Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, ETHEL, and Barbara Merjan. Other pieces include Breath and Bone performed by Mr. Klucevsek and the composer, There Is a Field performed by Ms. Cahill, The Green Automobile performed by the composer, and The Paha Sapa Give-Back performed by The Mad Coyote: Peggy Kampmeier – piano, and the percussionists, Barbara Merjan, Jay Johnson, Jude Traxler and Mike Perdue.
Jerome Kitzke was born in Milwaukee in 1955 and has lived in New York City since 1984. His music arises from the North American landscape and celebrates vitality in its purest forms, thriving on the spirit of driving jazz, Plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic, and visceral, always with an ear to the sacred ground. Often political and always topical, his music aims at revealing the heart of what it means to be an American early in the Twenty First Century, especially as it relates to how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. http://roulette.org/events/jerome-kitzke-2/
5 to 9 pm Thursday, June 21 - 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 a newly discovered work by Lou Harrison from 1938 as well as Terry Riley's four-hand Cinco de Mayo with Regina Schaffer. Performers you can hear during this popular event include Kitka, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Amy X Neuburg, the William Winant Percussion Group, Beth Custer, the Del Sol Quartet, Monique Buzzarte, and many more. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory "a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor." Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com.
3 pm Monday, July 9- Sarah is Master of Ceremonies for the opening concert of the Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival, sponsored by Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirs. This year’s choirs are travelling from Indonesia, Georgia, Denmark, Lithuania, China, Australia, and elsewhere around the globe. Free admission. Interstake Center, 4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. http://www.goldengatefestival.org/index.html
Thursday, August 2- Sarah joins the remarkable young percussionist Chris Froh to record Luciano Chessa’s Petrolio, inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini, composed by Luciano Chessa for Sarah and Chris to perform at Villa Aurelia in Rome in 2004. Fantasy Studios, Berkeley.
6 pm Saturday, September 8 to 2 pm Sunday, September 9- Sarah is one of several pianists performing Satie’s infamous Vexations, in which a short piece of music is played 840 times. This is the 49th anniversary of the first public performance, organized in 1963 by John Cage. This performance is organized by Patti Deuter, who will perform, along with Luciano Chessa, Julie Steinberg, John Kennedy, Regina Schaffer, Sarah, and many others. Bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow if you intend to stay for the duration; food and water and coffee will be available. Berkeley Arts Festival space, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
7:30 pm Friday, September 14- To open the L@TE season at the Berkeley Art Museum, New Music Bay Area and video artist John Sanborn stage a live interactive performance event celebrating the centennial of composer John Cage and his friendships with Marcel Duchamp and Nam June Paik. Titled PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera), this work uses Cage’s Fontana Mix as an organizing structure for a live mix of three channels of prepared video, recorded sound, live musical performance and dance, and audience participation. Performing collaborators for PICO will include dancers Joseph Copley, Margaret Cromwell, Carlos Venturo, Alyah Baker, Kelly Del Resario, Katherine Wells; musician/composer Wobbly, sound artist Mark Hosler, cellist/composer Theresa Wong, pianist Sarah Cahill, and Skip Sweeney and Roger Jones from Video Free America. Gallery B, Berkeley Art Museum, Bancroft Way below College Avenue, Berkeley. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/late.php
3 pm Sunday, September 15- For the first time since they were sixteen, Sarah and flutist Lisa Allen perform together, in sonatas by Bach, Hindemith, Poulenc, and Prokofiev. This is a house concert in Berkeley; for information, contact Sarah at email@example.com.
11 am to 5 pm Sunday, September 23- Sarah performs outdoors under the redwoods as part of the Art in Nature Festival. Stroll along the mile-long Stream Trail of Redwood Regional Park and experience more than 200 artists and performers tucked among the meadows, redwoods and oaks in this family, bicycle and dog friendly festival, curated by the multitalented Sicilian musician and composer Laura Inserra.
Experience art in nature and delve into the nature of art in twelve theme areas featuring music, dance, sculpture, painting, martial arts, poetry, body painting, circus arts, theater, visual arts, storytelling, arts & crafts and kids events. Sarah performs works by John Cage on a baby grand. Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA. http://artinnaturefestival.org/Home.html
8 pm Saturday, September 29- Sarah plays a program of rarely-heard and unpublished works by the great Californian trailblazer Henry Cowell and his students John Cage (in celebration of his 100th birthday) and Lou Harrison, including Cowell’s Hilarious Curtain Opener, Chaconne, Rhythmicana, and High Color, Cage’s In a Landscape, One, and Two Pieces from 1946, and Lou Harrison’s Summerfield Set, Tandy’s Tango, and Dance for Lisa Karon, among other works. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
8 pm Tuesday, October 2- Sarah performs a classical program including Beethoven’s Sonata in E major opus 109, Bach’s English Suite No. 3 in G major, Debussy’s Pour le piano, and works by Brahms. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
Sunday, October 7- Sarah performs at one of the most blissful places on earth, at the edge of the little town of Point Reyes Station. Sarah’s program includes Beethoven’s Sonata in E major opus 109, Bach’s English Suite No. 3 in G major, Debussy’s Pour le piano, and works by Brahms. Point Reyes Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes.
Sunday, October 14- Sarah returns to this beautiful, innovative, and inspiring museum to perform a program of rarely-heard and unpublished works by the great Californian trailblazer Henry Cowell and his students John Cage (in celebration of his 100th birthday) and Lou Harrison, including Cowell’s Hilarious Curtain Opener, Chaconne, Rhythmicana, and High Color, Cage’s In a Landscape, One, and Two Pieces from 1946, and Lou Harrison’s Summerfield Set, Tandy’s Tango, and Dance for Lisa Karon, among other works. North Dakota Museum of Art, 261 Centennial Drive, Stop 7305, Grand Forks, North Dakota. http://www.ndmoa.com/ConcertSeries/index.html
Monday, October 15- Sarah performs a classical program including Beethoven’s Sonata in E major opus 109, Bach’s English Suite No. 3 in G major, Debussy’s Pour le piano, and works by Brahms. Mayville State University, 330 Third Street. NE, Mayville, North Dakota. https://www.mayvillestate.edu/CalendarEvents
Sunday, November 18- Sarah and Regina Schaffer perform three of Terry Riley’s exuberant pieces for four hands-- Etude from the Old Country, Jaztine, and Waltz for Charismas—at Chamber Music Day, presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and featuring an all-star lineup of ensembles from noon to 7 pm. Sarah and Regina perform from 6 to 6:30. Free. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street at Third, San Francisco. www.sffcm.org.
5 to 8 pm Monday, November 19- Sarah joins flutist David La Tulippe and other performers in a tribute to Alan Farley, beloved host and producer at KALW for nearly forty years. Alan was a tireless advocate for the Bay Area arts scene and engaged countless musicians, authors, dancers, and actors in vibrant conversation on KALW’s airwaves. This is a free event, but anyone planning to attend should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including a list of performers, will be posted soon on KALW’s website. Veterans Green Room, War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. www.kalw.org.
8 pm Thursday, December 6- Sarah performs with the Berkeley Symphony to premiere Dylan Mattingly’s Invisible Skyline. Also on the program are Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with soloist Shai Wosner and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Pre-concert talk at 7:10 pm. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft right below Telegraph, Berkeley. www.berkeleysymphony.org.
Friday, April 22, 8 pm - Sarah and Regina Schaffer perform two of Terry Riley’s four-hand duos-- Etude from the Old Country and Waltz for Charismas, both commissioned by Sarah—as part of the New Keys concert series. The evening also includes works by Michael Dale, Hilda Paredes, Damon Waitkus, Joby Talbot, and Mark Clifford. San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. San Francisco. www.newkeysconcert.org
Sunday, May 15, 4 pm - Sarah performs at one of the most blissful places on earth, at the edge of the little town of Point Reyes Station. The program includes Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Schubert’s Drei Klavierstucke, Chopin’s Barcarolle, and Debussy’s L’Isle joyeuse. Point Reyes Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes. www.dancepalace.org.
Thursday, June 2- At the Spoleto Festival USA, Sarah performs selections from her ongoing project A Sweeter Music, for which she has commissioned eighteen new works for solo piano on the theme of peace and war. The title is from Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Lecture: "We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war." London's Financial Times calls it "a unique commissioning programme that unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy," and the San Francisco Chronicle says that "the music, helped along by the impassioned force of Cahill's playing, amounted to a persuasive and varied investigation of the subject." Sarah's concert features the premiere of Paul Dresher’s Two, Entwined as well as compositions by Frederic Rzewski, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, Mamoru Fujieda, and Jerome Kitzke, with video for each work by John Sanborn. Charleston, South Carolina. www.spoletousa.org.
Tuesday, June 21, 5 to 9 pm - 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 Terry Riley's four-hand Etude from the Old Country with Regina Schaffer. Performers you can hear during this popular event include Kitka, Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, Miya Masaoka, Amy X Neuburg, the William Winant Percussion Group, the Del Sol Quartet, Monique Buzzarte, Gyan Riley, and many more. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory "a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor." www.gardenofmemory.com.
Tuesday, July 12, 8 pm - Sarah performs the opening concert for The Berkeley Arts Festival at its new home, a former bike shop on University Avenue right above Shattuck. Sarah performs music by Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford, Dane Rudhyar, Frederic Rzewski, Paul Dresher, and Tomas Svoboda, with wine and homemade cookies afterwards. The month-long Berkeley Arts Festival features a stellar line-up including Jerry Kuderna, Dan Plonsey, Luciano Chessa, Theresa Wong, Adam Tendler, and many others. 2133 University Avenue, Bekeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
Friday, July 15, 3:30 pm- At the Portland Piano Festival, Sarah performs works from the American experimental tradition by Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford, and others, as well as two Etudes in Fugue Style by Czech-American composer Tomas Svoboda. Sarah also has the privilege of joining Svoboda himself on the piano bench for his Suite for four hands. www.portlandpiano.org.
Saturday, July 16, 10:45 am - At the Portland Piano Festival, Sarah performs works from her project A Sweeter Music, including the West Coast premiere of Paul Dresher’s new Two, Entwined as well as music by Terry Riley, Mamoru Fujieda, and others. www.portlandpiano.org.
Wednesday, July 20, 3 pm- As part of the Mendocino Music Festival, Sarah performs new work from her project A Sweeter Music, including Paul Dresher’s Two, Entwined and music by Meredith Monk and The Residents, with video by John Sanborn. www.mendocinomusic.com.
Monday, July 25, 8 pm - Sarah performs Paul Dresher’s Two, Entwined and music by Mamoru Fujieda at the Berkeley Arts Festival. 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
Friday, July 29, 8 pm - Sarah performs the New York premiere of Paul Dresher’s Two, Entwined and other recent pieces as part of a series curated by New Albion Records. Maverick composer Carl Stone has the 10 pm set. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, New York City. www.thestonenyc.com.
2 pm Sunday, February 27- Sarah returns to this beautiful, innovative, and inspiring museum to perform The Mystical Tone, a program of spiritual music including Scriabin’s Five Preludes opus 74 and Vers la flamme, Dane Rudhyar’s Granites, preludes by Ruth Crawford, and Rosemary Brown’s “transcriptions” of Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt. http://www.ndmoa.com/ConcertSeries/index.html
7:30 pm Monday, February 28 – Sarah performs a classical program including Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and Schubert’s Drei Klavierstucke. Mayville State University, 330 Third Street. NE, Mayville, ND https://www.mayvillestate.edu/CalendarEvents
8 pm Saturday, March 4- As part of the 16th Other Minds Festival, Sarah performs Kyle Gann’s Time Does Not Exist. This year’s festival features a stellar roster of composers from around the globe, including Louis Andriessen, Janice Giteck, Han Bennink, Jason Moran, Agata Zubel, I Wayan Balawan, David Jaffe, and Kyle Gann. 8 pm Saturday, March 5. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. www.otherminds.org.
4 pm Sunday, March 13- Sarah performs music by Terry Riley, Jerome Kitzke, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and others from her commissioning project A Sweeter Music. Christ Church Episcopal in Los Altos. 1040 Border Road, Los Altos, CA. http://www.ccla.us/announcements/evensongoctober17th4pm
5 pm Sunday, September 25 - Sarah performs in Cal Performances’ Fall Free For All, a day of free performances around the UC Berkeley campus. Sarah’s 45-minute program is The Mystical Tone, featuring spiritually inspired works by Scriabin, Satie, Dane Rudhyar, Cowell, Ruth Crawford, and Rosemary Brown. Also appearing around campus are the American Bach Soloists, Kitka, Jane Lynch, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony Wind Ensemble, and more. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu and (510) 642-9988.
8 pm Friday, September 30 - The Berkeley Arts Festival, under the intrepid leadership of Bonnie Hughes, continues through October in its new space, a former bike shop, now graced with paintings by local artists and a nine-foot Baldwin, with stellar concerts almost every night of the week. Sarah plays a program of Patterns of Plants by Mamoru Fujieda, a Japanese composer who has spent decades exploring the voices of plants in his work for keyboard and for traditional Japanese and Western instruments. Fujieda will be in attendance. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue (above Shattuck), Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
October 2 through 5 Sarah records an album of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants for the Tzadik label at the UC Santa Cruz recital hall.
8 pm Friday, November 11- Sarah performs a program of recent piano music by Ingram Marshall, Judith Shatin, Evan Ziporyn, and others, including a few of Terry Riley’s four-hand pieces with fellow pianist Regina Schaffer. Old First Church. 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. (415) 474-1608 and www.oldfirstconcerts.org.
8 pm Thursday, December 8 - Sarah is soloist for Lou Harrison’s magnificent Piano Concerto with the Berkeley Symphony, with guest conductor Jayce Ogren. 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 the West Coast premiere of Lei Liang’s Verge and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. Pre-concert lecture at 7:10 pm. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (near Bancroft and Telegraph), Berkeley. www.berkeleysymphony.org.
Friday, January 22, 2010- Sarah resumes teaching a class on 20th Century Keyboard Literature at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Saturday, January 30, 2010- Sarah performs compositions from her project “A Sweeter Music,” with video by John Sanborn, in a benefit for the American Friends Service Committee. 8 pm. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco. http://www.afsc.org/pacificmtn/ht/display/EventDetails/i/84399/pid/82363
Sunday, January 31- Sarah moderates two panel discussions with violinist Midori, with participants including John Adams, Joan Jeanrenaud, Mason Bates, and others. 10 am to 5 pm. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco. www.performances.org.
Saturday, March 27- Sarah teams up with the remarkable trombonist Monique Buzzarte in Pauline Oliveros’ improvisational The Gender of Now, as part of a marathon concert celebrating Oliveros, this year’s recipient of the William Schuman Award from Columbia University. 8 pm. Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York. http://www.millertheatre.com/Events/EventDetails.aspx?nid=1340
Sunday, March 28- Sarah performs works by Annie Gosfield, Tania Leon, Annea Lockwood, Ingram Marshall, and Terry Riley as part of Caramoor’s Turns of the Centuries: Piano Panoply. The other pianists are Benjamin Hochman, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Andrius Zlabys, and Joel Fan. 4 pm. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, New York. http://www.caramoor.org/html/greatartists.htm
Sunday, April 18- Sarah performs new works by Paul Dresher and Annie Gosfield. 4 pm. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. (415) 474-1608 and www.oldfirstconcerts.org
8 pm Monday, September 27, 2010- Other Minds presents Rudhyar in Retrospect, a celebration of Dane Rudhyar (1895–1985), and Sarah plays several of his solo piano compositions from the 1920s and 1970s. According to Other Minds, “Rudhyar was a unique figure in 20th-century American culture: a composer, thinker, painter, poet, novelist, and the pre-eminent figure in astrology. He was American modernism's proto-multiculturalist. He connected dissonance to his studies in comparative religion, theosophy, and metaphysics, was a leader and mentor to fellow composers Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Carl Ruggles, and later influenced a new generation including John Cage, Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Kyle Gann.” Sarah performs Transmutation: tone sequence in seven movements (1976), Stars from Pentagram No. 3 (1925), and Granites (1929). David Abel, Julie Steinberg, and the Ives String Quartet also perform. Before the concert, a pre-concert panel discussion with the composer's widow Leyla Rudhyar Hill and biographer Deniz Ertan (University of Nottingham) is moderated by Other Minds Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian. A special exhibition of Rudhyar's paintings, manuscripts, and correspondence will be displayed at both concerts. 7pm panel discussion, 8pm concert. Swedenborgian Church,
2107 Lyon Street, San Francisco. (800) 838-3006, and www.otherminds.org.
7:30 pm Wednesday, September 29- Rudhyar in Retrospect, same program as Monday. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. (800) 838-3006, and www.otherminds.org.
6:30 pm Wednesday, November 17- As part of San Francisco Performances’ Salons at the Rex series, Sarah performs a program of mystical works including Scriabin’s Five Preludes opus 74, Dane Rudhyar’s Granites, and preludes by Ruth Crawford. Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. (415) 392-2545, or www.sfperformances.org.
3 pm Sunday, January 25 - As part of the Cal Performances series, Sarah premieres new compositions, written on the theme of peace, from her project A Sweeter Music. New works include Frederic Rzewski’s Peace Dances, Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another (Rag), Peter Garland’s After the Wars, Yoko Ono’s Toning, Larry Polansky’s b’midbar, Pauline Oliveros’ A New Indigo Peace, The Residents’ drum no fife, and Preben Antonsen’s Dar al-Harb. Video projections, on three screens, are by John Sanborn, who has collaborated with such artists as Bill T. Jones, Van Halen, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/presents/season/2008/20th_century_and_beyond/sc.php
Sunday, February 15 - Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music at the Point Reyes Dance Palace. 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. (415) 663-1075. http://www.dancepalace.org/
8 pm Thursday, March 12 - As part of the New Sounds Live series, hosted by John Schaefer and broadcast on WNYC, Sarah performs a program of new commissions which for this concert has been titled “Notes on the War: The Piano Protests,” featuring the New York premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Phil Kline, Jerome Kitzke and Kyle Gann. Video projections, on three screens, are by John Sanborn. Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York. (212) 501-3330. http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall/event/notes-on-war-piano-protests/
Friday, March 27 - Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music for the annual Music for Peace concert, co-sponsored by the Foundation for Modern Music. Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St., Houston, Texas. www.rothkochapel.org.
Friday, April 17 - Sarah presents new work from A Sweeter Music for the graduate seminar of pianist Bruce Brubaker. New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sunday, April 26 - Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630.
May 8 - Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music on the Wayward Music series, curated by Steve Peters. Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue, Seattle. http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com
5 to 9 pm Sunday, June 21- 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 premieres Eve Beglarian’s Night Psalm and Michael Byron’s Devotion to Peace- rose mist, translucent. Performers you can hear during this popular event include Paul Dresher, Kitka, Jaron Lanier, Beth Custer, Cindy Cox, Vorticella, the Cardew Choir, the William Winant Percussion Ensemble, Laura Inserra, the Del Sol Quartet, Maggi Payne, and many others. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Garden of Memory “a walk-through fun house of musical and visual splendor.” Updates soon at www.gardenofmemory.com.
8 pm Friday, July 31- Sarah performs new works from her project A Sweeter Music, with video by John Sanborn. This program features music by Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Kyle Gann, Ingram Marshall, Michael Byron, Mamoru Fujieda, Ingram Marshall, and Larry Polansky. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.oldfirstconcerts.org, and (415) 474-1608.
September 2-6 For the Second International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Sarah performs a program of music by Terry Riley, Bunita Marcus, Harold Budd, Elodie Lauten, John Adams, Eve Beglarian, Meredith Monk, Mamoru Fujieda, and Hans Otte. Sarah also participates in a performance of Dennis Johnson’s 1959 minimalist epic November, which La Monte Young credits as having inspired his Well-Tuned Piano. For this conference, Kyle Gann has worked to reconstruct the score based on a recording and further information he received from Dennis Johnson. This performance, with Sarah and Kyle Gann alternating hours at the keyboard of this five-hour piece, will mark the first time it has been heard since the early 1960’s. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5000 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO. www.musicminimalism.org.
Tuesday, September 8 Sarah talks with pianist Lang Lang about his autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, in an event sponsored by KPFA, Berkeley Arts and Letters, and UC Berkeley. 7:30 pm. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
Saturday, September 26 For Chamber Music Day, presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Sarah performs solo works by Henry Cowell as well as Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II with violinist Kate Stenberg. Chamber Music Dayruns from 12:30 to 8 pm, featuring fifteen different ensembles. Sarah performs between 3 and 5:30 pm. Free admission. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.sffcm.org or (415) 710-0551.
Saturday, October 10 The Berkeley Public Library presents a conversation between Sarah and Joana Carneiro, the new conductor of the Berkeley Symphony. Free. 3 pm, Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley. For more information, call 981-6241.
Monday, October 12 Sarah performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music, including works by Terry Riley and Frederic Rzewski, as part of the Wordless Music Series. Pianist Rachel Grimes also performs, and she and Sarah team up for four-hand works by Michael Byron and Claude Debussy. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York. www.wordlessmusic.org.
Tuesday, October 13 Sarah and Rachel Grimes share the same program as the night before in New York. Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. www.phillyethics.net.
3:30 pm Sunday, October 18 As part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Sarah and video artist John Sanborn present their project A Sweeter Music, including drum no fife by The Residents, Kyle Gann’s War is Just a Racket, Jerome Kitzke’s There is a Field, Preben Antonsen’s Dar al-Harb, Phil Kline’s The Long Winter, Michael Byron’s Devotion to Peace, part of Meredith Monk’s Steppe Music, and Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another (Rag). For this performance, the video will be especially highlighted, since it’s part of a film festival. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Drive, Mill Valley. www.mvff.com.
7:30 pm Saturday, October 24 Sarah performs selections from her project A Sweeter Music. Pianist Rachel Grimes also performs, and she and Sarah team up for four-hand works by Michael Byron and Claude Debussy. Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market St., San Francisco. www.cafedunord.com.
8 pm Thursday, November 12 Other Minds presents the first concert of a two-part series entitled Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music, featuring classic and little-known works by the influential pioneering composer who approached the piano with his fists and forearms and was probably the first to strum and pluck the interior strings. Sarah performs Tides of Manaunaun, Trumpet of Angus Og, Exultation, Aeolian Harp & Sinister Resonance, and Anger Dance. Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley. www.otherminds.org.
8 pm Friday, November 13 Other Minds presents the second concert of a two-part series entitled Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music. Sarah performs Rhythmicana, The Banshee, The Fairy Answer, and Tiger. The concert is preceded by a 7 pm panel discussion. Presidio Chapel, San Francisco. www.otherminds.org.
Tuesday, December 1 In conjunction with an exhibition entitled “The Disappeared,” Sarah performs selections from A Sweeter Music with video by John Sanborn. According to the museum’s website:"To disappear" was newly defined during the twentieth century military dictatorships in Latin America. "Disappeared" evolved into a transitive verb describing individuals considered threats to the State who were kidnapped, tortured, and killed by their own military, especially in the 1970s in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Colombia and Guatemala with their decades-long civil wars further expanded the meanings and use of "disappear." The exhibition contains works by twenty-three contemporary artists from each of these countries who, over the course of the last thirty years, have made art about the disappeared. The Museum organized this exhibition in 2005 and toured it to Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala, Chile, and Colombia in addition to five sites in the United States including New York, Washington D.C., and Santa Fe. North Dakota Museum of Art, 261 Centennial Drive Stop 7305, Grand Forks, North Dakota. (701)777-4195 and www.ndmoa.com.
Tuesday, December 8- Sarah performs works by Henry Cowell and others in an evening of mainly improvisation featuring Gino Robair, Scott Looney, and others. 7:30 pm. 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley. http://4-33.com/tuesday/index.html
In 2008, Sarah worked on a long-term project which involves commissioning eighteen composers to write new works envisioning peace. This project is titled A Sweeter Music, after this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Lecture: "We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war."
The composers are Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Kyle Gann, Paul Dresher, Carl Stone, Ingram Marshall, Jerome Kitzke, Phil Kline, Mamoru Fujieda, Larry Polansky, Michael Byron, The Residents, and Preben Antonsen. Video projections will be by John Sanborn.
Sarah premiered a group of these new pieces in the Fall of 2008, and take them on tour throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Sarah has joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, teaching a class on contemporary keyboard literature. www.sfcm.org.
|8 pm Saturday, February 2, 2008
||As part of the Berkeley Arts Festival, Sarah performs works by Terry Riley, Stephen Blumberg, Kyle Gann, and others. The new Arts Festival location is on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley. Details TBA at www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
|4 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2008
|| Sarah performs a recital in memory of the scholar, teacher, and music lover Helene Brewer. Women’s Faculty Club, UC Berkeley campus. (510) 642-4175.
|8 pm Friday, February 29, 2008
||Sarah performs an all-Leo Ornstein concert to celebrate the release of her new Ornstein CD on the New Albion label. www.berkeleyartsfestival.com and www.newalbion.com.
|8:30 pm Friday, March 7
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. Roulette, 20 Greene Street, New York. (212) 219-8242. www.roulette.org.
|5 to 9 pm Saturday, June 21
|| 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. Updates soon at www.gardenofmemory.com.
|8 pm Friday, July 18
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.” Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco. www.oldfirstconcerts.org, and (415) 474-1608.
|8:30 pm Saturday, August 2
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. Bard College, Spiegeltent by the Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. www.newalbion.com and www.bard.edu/fishercenter.
||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. www.otherminds.org.
|6-10 pm Sunday, December 21
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. 6-10 pm. Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/50681
| 8 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sarah performs fifteen minutes of new work by Mamoru Fujieda, Kyle Gann, Elizabeth Lauer, and others in a fundraiser for Zelda Bronstein, running for mayor of Berkeley. Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. www.zeldaformayor.org, www.hillsideclub.org.
|September 28-30, 2006
Sarah joins a group of scholars, educators, and artists for a conference entitledEmerson and the Power of the Imagination, presented by the Boston Research Institute for the 21st Century, an international peace institute that envisions a worldwide network of global citizens developing cultures of peace through dialogue and understanding. On the second day of the conference, Sarah premieres a piece composed for the occasion by Kyle Gann. Here is the program note:
On Reading Emerson (2006)
Pianist Sarah Cahill asked me to write a piece about one of our mutually favorite authors, Emerson. I resisted the impulse to title the piece "Whim," though like Emerson, "I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." Of course my conception of Emerson is filtered through Charles Ives, who wrote of him, "As thoughts surge to his mind, he fills the heavens with them, crowds them in, if necessary, but seldom arranges them, along the ground first." To create that effect in music, I did the reverse: wrote a bunch of passages of music around a single (or double) idea, and arranged them along the ground before fitting them together. Because I think of Emerson as ever aware of the interpenetration of opposites, almost every chord in the piece contains a tone from the opposite chord, and because he is all encompassing, I have used, for the first time in my life, a 12-tone row (It only appears twice, and elsewhere in fragments, and is never transposed, retrograded, or anything). Like Emerson's writing, the piece is peppered with quotations, three of which the listener may recognize. The fourth will not be recognized; it is from a song that I began writing in college on Emerson's "The Rhodora" and never finished, because the only good phrase in the song was to these lines of Emerson:
Why thou wert there, O, rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew....
I thank Sarah for giving that phrase a home at last.
Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, 396 Harvard St., Cambridge, Mass. www.brc21.org.
|12:30 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Sarah performs a lunchtime concert with music by Ornstein, Grainger, Cowell, Fujieda, and others as part of the Noontime Concerts series. According to their website, “St. Patrick’s Church, built in 1872 and rebuilt by 1914 after the destruction of the 1906 earthquake, is one of San Francisco’s prized historic buildings. Inside, you’ll find dazzling Tiffany stained glass windows, pillars, an altar of Bottecino Italian and Connemara Irish marble, twelve tuned steeple bells, and an exquisite 30-rank 1930 E. M. Skinner organ with a Gothic pipecase featuring a statue of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.” St. Patrick’s Church, 756 Mission St. (near Yerba Buena Gardens), San Francisco. www.noontimeconcerts.org
|4 pm Sunday, October 15, 2006
- Sarah performs works by Grainger, Cowell, and others at a beautiful community center located in one of the most idyllic places on earth. Point Reyes Dance Palace, 5th and B Streets, Point Reyes Station. www.dancepalace.org
| 8 pm Friday, October 27, 2006
||Sarah plays a recital of new work as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival:
Snippets 2 (2006)- Frederic Rzewski (premiere)
Almost a Quintet (2006)- Larry Polansky (premiere)
On Reading Emerson (2006)- Kyle Gann
Tango (2006)- Andrea Morricone (premiere)
Improvviso (2006)- Andrea Morricone (premiere)
“Le Crepescule” Rag (2006)- Elizabeth Lauer
Pleasant Dreaming (2006)- Phil Collins
The pieces by Rzewski, Polansky, and Gann, as well as Morricone’s Improvviso, were written for Sarah.
Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. www.berkeleyartsfestival.org.
|November 18-24, 2006
Pacific Crossings Festival in Tokyo. This year the festival celebrates the eccentric and brilliant Australian composer Percy Grainger. Sarah performs some of the scintillating and often radical solo works as well as virtuosic four-hand and two-piano pieces with Joseph Kubera. Concerts take place at the American Embassy, at the Jiyugakuen Myonichikan (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), and at the Kanazawa Art Center. www.pacificcrossings.com.
|11 am Sunday, December 10, 2006
Sarah talks with British composer-pianist Thomas Ades, in conjunction with a rare Bay Area recital he performs the night before (at Herbst Theatre), featuring works by Janacek, Ades, Castiglioni, Stravinsky, and Nancarrow. Salon at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St. (between Powell and Mason), San Francisco. www.performances.org.
|4 pm Sunday, January 28, 2007
Sarah performs with the remarkable cellist Emil Miland. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. www.nvcm.org.
|February 24, 2007
|| Other Minds presents its second New Music Séance, featuring a wide range of hypnotic and spiritual music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Eva-Maria Zimmerman also perform. Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon St., San Francisco. www.otherminds.org.
|Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 14, 2007
||Sarah performs on prepared piano in Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa, with violinists Geoff Nuttall and Barry Shiffman and the New Century Orchestra. www.ncco.org
Wed/Apr 11 at 7:30 pm
|Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, SAN RAFAEL
Thu/Apr 12 at 8pm
|St John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, BERKELEY
Fri/Apr 13 at 8pm
|St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, PALO ALTO
Sat/Apr 14 at 8pm
|Florence Gould Theatre, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th /Clement, SAN FRANCISCO
1 pm Sunday, April 15, 2007
Sarah talks about Henryk Gorecki, in conjunction with the premiere of his Third String Quartet by the Kronos Quartet. Faculty Club, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988 or www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
|8 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2007
|| Sarah and Joseph Kubera perform a program of four-hand piano music by Terry Riley, including the premiere of his Waltz for Charismas, in preparation for performing the pieces at the Triptych Festival in Scotland. Berkeley Arts Festival Hall, Walter Ratcliff's Landmark Fidelity Bank Building, 2323 Shattuck Avenue (between Bancroft and Durant), Berkeley. (510) 665-9496, and www.berkeleyartsfestival.com.
|Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29
||Sarah teams up with Joe Kubera for a set of new four-hand piano pieces by Terry Riley. Sarah and Joe have been invited by Terry Riley to perform in the Triptych Festival in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, where Riley is a featured composer this year. www.triptychfestival.com.
|2-4 pm Saturday, June 9, 2007
|Sarah speaks with Frederic Rzewski and Ursula Oppens, and then with Paul Dresher, as part of Edge Fest, the new music festival presented by Cal Performances. Free and open to the public. 125 Morrison Hall, Department of Music, UC Berkeley Campus. (510) 642-9988 or
5-9 pm Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sarah performs music by Terry Riley, Peter Garland, and others at the annual summer solstice walk-through concert known as Garden of Memory, produced by New Music Bay Area and Lifemark Group Arts. The line-up this year includes Terry Riley, Paul Dresher, Ellen Fullman, Todd Reynolds, Amy X. Neuburg, and about thirty other musicians and ensembles. At the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. www.gardenofmemory.com
|8 pm Friday, July 13, 2007
||Sarah performs a program of summery piano music, including the Bay Area premiere of Peter Garland's Waves Breaking on Rocks, selections from Hans Otte's The Book of Sounds, and works by Terry Riley, James Cleghorn, and other local composers. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. (415) 474-1608 and www.oldfirstconcerts.org.
8 pm Friday, September 28, 2007
Sarah performs a program of works by Chester Biscardi, Annie Gosfield, and others. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. (415) 474-1608 and www.oldfirstconcerts.org.
|November 1-6, 2007
||Sarah is a featured artist at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, performing music by Pauline Oliveros, Stephen Blumberg, and others. More information coming soon.