Pianist Sarah Cahill presents new works by female composers at Sf on Saturday

Berkeley-based pianist Sarah Cahill, in addition to being a writer, educator, speaker and classic radio host, has long been known and celebrated as a champion of new music, much of it commissioned by herself. .

Since 2018, however, she has also been a tireless advocate for the music of female composers, founding a project called The Future Is Female, which has so far featured more than 70 compositions from around the world dating from the Baroque to the present day.

Joined by Canadian soprano Rose Hegele, renowned for exploring the confines of vocal technique, Cahill will present some recently commissioned works from her project during a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St. in San Fransisco.

On the program, “Piano Poems” by Regina Harris Baiocchi, inspired by her own poetry as well as works by Gwendolyn Brooks and Richard Wright; and Iranian composer Aida Shirazi’s “Albumblatt,” which involves techniques deployed directly on piano strings. “Summer Days” by Mary D. Watkins and “She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees” by Theresa Wong, inspired by a song by Nina Simone, complete the program.

Find tickets, $15, at https://centerfornewmusic.com/.

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