Pianist Sarah Cahill performs The Future is Female as a Livestream Performance presented by Old First Concerts

June 1, 2020

 

On Friday, June 5, 2020 at 8pm, pianist Sarah Cahill will perform The Future is Female as a livestream performance presented by Old First Concerts. This concert will be available to watch with a suggested donation. All donations received before and during this concert go to support two organizations which have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown – Old First Concerts and Compass Family Services, which provides a wide variety of human services to homeless families and those at risk of homelessness. Cahill will be donating her fee to Compass Family Services, which supports homeless and at-risk of homelessness families in the Bay Area.

The Future is Female is a curation and performance project featuring more than sixty compositions by women around the globe, ranging from the 18th century to the present day. Cahill describes it as “a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience.” For this performance, Cahill presents an evening-length version of the project with the following pieces, focusing on music from the 20th and 21st centuries: 

Gabriela Ortiz: Preludio y Estudio 3 (2011)
Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water (1967)
Germaine Tailleferre: Partita (1957)
Elizabeth A. Baker: Four Planes (2015)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne (1965)
Lois V Vierk: Yeah Yeah Yeah (1990)
Grażyna Bacewicz: Scherzo (1934)
Betsy Jolas: Tango Si (1984)
Elena Kats-Chernin: Peggy’s Rag (1996)

 

With this physical manifestation of her lifetime dedication to supporting the artistic work of women, Cahill illuminates works by women composers worldwide – Chinese, Azerbaijani, Afro-Cuban, African American, Czech, Lithuanian, Polish, and Venezuelan, among others – some who are alive and prolific and others who have passed but live on through their music. The San Diego Tribune describes Cahill as “a vessel through which musical ideas can pass, a communicator whose technique is put at the service of empathy and understanding.” 

 

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