Sarah Cahill - The Future is Female

Presented by Mills College Music Department

Sarah Cahill playing piano.

The Mills College Music Department, the Center for Contemporary Music, and the Performing Arts Center present Mills Music Now 2021-2022

The Future is Female

Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:00pm PDT 
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall

The Concert will be hosted IN-PERSON and via LIVE STREAM.
Registration is required. In-Person Capacity is limited.  
Masks are required of all guests, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, indoors on the Mills College campus.

In-person tickets: $15 general/$10 seniors and non-Mills students
Live stream: Free
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Sarah Cahill, hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, has commissioned and premiered over sixty compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to Cahill include John Adams, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, Yoko Ono, Annea Lockwood, and Ingram Marshall. She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF).
Recent appearances include the Interlochen Arts Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art, a performance at Alice Tully Hall with the Silk Road Ensemble, Stanford Live, Le Poisson Rouge, and concerts at San Francisco Performances, Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the United Kingdom, and Toyusu Civic Center Hall in Tokyo. Cahill’s latest project is The Future is Female, a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience featuring more than sixty compositions by women around the globe, ranging from the 18th century to the present day. Recent and upcoming performances of The Future is Female include concerts presented by The Barbican, Carolina Performing Arts, Carlsbad Music Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Iowa, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, North Dakota Museum of Art, and Mayville State University.

Sarah Cahill’s discography includes more than twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Other Minds, Tzadik, Albany, Cold Blue, Other Minds, and Pinna labels. In September 2017, she released her latest album, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, a box set tribute to Terry Riley, on Irritable Hedgehog Records. The four-CD set includes solo works by Riley, four-hand works with pianist Regina Myers, and world premiere recordings of commissioned works composed in honor of Riley’s 80th birthday.

Cahill’s radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory.

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“A sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde…”
– The New York Times 
“Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” – Keyboard Magazine
"A persuasive advocate for American experimentalist composers..." – Chicago Tribune

“A brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers...”
– Time Out New York 
“As tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of…” 
– San Francisco Chronicle 
“A leading light of the new-music piano scene…” – The New York Times


Janice Giteck:
Tara’s Love Will Melt the Sword (2002)                    
1.    Light suspended                            
2.    Tear drops
3.    Rocking, blue interior
4.    Affectionately outward

Maggi Payne:
Holding Pattern (2001)                            
Elinor Armer:
Thaw (1975)                                    
Mary Watkins:
Summer Days (2020)                                
Betsy Jolas:
Tango Si (1984)                                
Mary Jane Leach:
Bye ‘m’ Bye (2001)                                
Pauline Oliveros: 
Quintuplets Playpen (2001)                            
Annea Lockwood:
RCSC (2001)                                    
Theresa Wong:
She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees (2019)                    


Price Range:
Free to $15

Program Items

Janice Giteck Tara’s Love Will Melt the Sword (2002)
Maggi Payne Holding Pattern (2001)
Elinor Armer Thaw (1975)
Mary Watkins Summer Days (2020)
Betsy Jolas Tango Si (1984)
Mary Jane Leach Bye ‘m’ Bye (2001)
Pauline Oliveros Quintuplets Playpen (2001)
Annea Lockwood RCSC (2001)
Theresa Wong She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees (2019)


Sarah Cahill pianist