Every now and then, we’ll let you know about upcoming new music events at this blog. Here are two online concerts you might want to check out, including one this very evening:
Sarah Cahill Performs The Future is Female
Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:00 p.m. PDT
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. PDT, the wonderful Sarah Cahill, a pianist truly dedicated to new music, will present a recital of music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by women composers from around the world. The repertoire is wide-ranging, from the 1930s and Grażyna Bacewicz to Germaine Tailleferre in the 1950s, Sofia Gubaidulina in the 1960s, and very recent pieces by Gabriela Ortiz and Elizabeth A. Baker. This concert is a part of Cahill’s larger project, The Future is Female – which she describes as “a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience” – that encompasses compositions by women ranging from the eighteenth century to the present.
The livestream is available with a suggested donation to benefit two organizations that have been affected by COVID-19, Old First Concerts and Compass Family Services (which provides a variety of services to homeless families).
The Bang on a Can Marathon 2020 Continues!
Sunday, June 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Back in May, Bang on a Can, the New York-based organization that has so enthusiastically fostered the creation of new classical music, presented a six-hour online marathon of performances. I was one of the 22,000 people that tuned in for a good portion of it, and truly enjoyed both the quality of the performances and the variety of music. On Sunday, June 14 at noon PDT, they will present yet another six hours of live music online. Something like 25 performances will be featured – from the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, and Japan – including no fewer than ten world premieres of pieces written especially for the occasion!
You’ll hear performances by the likes of pianists Conrad Tao (well-known to Reno audiences) and Nico Muhly, violist Nadia Sirota, Leila Adu, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), the great clarinetist-composer-scholar Don Byron, Pamela Z, ECM artist Helena Tulve, experimental composer Alvin Curran (with a piece for shofar and portable cement mixer!), the legendary Roscoe Mitchell (co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago), and, to conclude the proceedings, another legendary figure, Terry Riley, performing from the middle of a rice field in Japan!
The Marathon will be free to stream, but a ticket purchase would be appreciated.