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Boulanger Initiative presents Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female: In Conversation and Performance

Pianist Sarah Cahill presents The Future is Female: In Conversation and Performance hosted by Boulanger Initiative, a nonprofit organization working for greater inclusivity in music. The Future is Female is Cahill’s curation and performance project featuring more than sixty compositions by women around the globe, ranging from the 18th century to the present day.

On Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, 2020 at 2pm ET, Cahill will present two unique hour-long programs, totaling 12 pre-recorded videos, including three video premieres. Cahill will give viewers background about each of the composers and these rarely performed works in conversation with Laura Colgate (July 9) and Joy-Leilani Garbutt (July 10) from Boulanger Initiative. Cahill will be available to answer questions from viewers during the broadcast, which will stream live on Facebook and YouTube. Register on Eventbrite to receive the streaming link:

Program for Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 2pm ET

Sofia Gubaidulina – Chaconne (1962) *

Margaret Bonds – Troubled Water (1967) *

Gabriela Ortiz – Etude No. 3 (2011)

Vítězslava Kaprálová – Dubnová Preludia "April Preludes" Nos. 1 and 3 (1937)

Johanna Beyer – Gebrauchs-Musik No. 1 (1934)

Annea Lockwood – RCSC (2001)

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh – Music for Piano (1989/1997)

Program for Friday, July 10 at 2pm ET

Julia Perry – Prelude (1946) *

Hélène de Montgeroult – Sonata No. 9 (1811)

Teresa Carreño – Un reve en mer (1868)

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė – Heights and Depths of Love, first mvt. (2009)

Theresa Wong – She Dances Naked Under Moonlight (2019)

* video premiere

Sarah Cahill describes The Future is Female as “a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience.” In concert, it is often presented as a “marathon” performance ranging in length from three to six hours in an art gallery or other public space where guests can enter and exit at will, sit, stand, and explore the performance space.

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 died 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.” She was named a Champion of New Music by the American Composers Forum for 2018.

The videos presented on July 9 and 10, and many more, are available to view on demand on Cahill’s YouTube channel at

Cahill is filming more videos in her home to be added to the collection, until live performances are possible again.

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