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Fri, Oct 12 2018 8:00 PM

Stenberg | Cahill Duo

Kate Stenberg, violin; Sarah Cahill, piano

Aaron Gervais Talking in Circles World Premiere
Gabriela Lena Frank Suenos de Chambi
Kaija Saariaho Tocar
Linda Catlin Smith With Their Shadows Long
plus works by Henry Cowell and Grażyna Bacewicz

Newly formed in 2016, the Stenberg | Cahill Duo is dedicated to promoting the American experimental tradition and expanding it through the commissioning of new work. This program includes the World Premiere Aaron Gervais’ Talking in Circles with performances of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Suenos de Chambi, Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar, Linda Catlin Smith’s With Their Shadows Long, and works by Henry Cowell and Grażyna Bacewicz. The Stenberg | Cahill Duo is dedicated to promoting the American experimental tradition and expanding it through the commissioning of new work. Recent appearances include performances at San Francisco Performances’ PIVOT Festival, the Mendocino Music Festival, BAMPFA, and the Music by the Mountain Festival.

Described as “highly virtuosic and deeply communicative … full of character and presence” (NewMusicBox) Kate Stenberg’s violin playing has led to performances worldwide and the release of dozens of CDs on New World Records, Sono Luminous, Newport Classics, Decca Records, New Albion and Other Minds labels. Hailed as a “Bay Area new-music luminarie” (San Francisco Chronicle) Stenberg enjoys a diverse, unconventional career, and is deeply committed to new concert music. She has commissioned, recorded and performed hundreds of world premieres by living composers. Stenberg’s CD Scenes from a New Music Séance with virtuoso pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann has received special notice and features groundbreaking, innovative works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Ruth Crawford Seeger and George Antheil. Composers who have dedicated work to her include Charles Amirkhanian, Robert Honstein, Amy X Neuburg and Ronald Bruce Smith. Stenberg developed and commissioned new chamber music as co-founder of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Real Vocal String Quartet, and from 1995-2015 she served as the first violinist of the award winning Del Sol String Quartet, where she fostered the string quartet repertoire through collaboration and the commissioning of established and emerging composers. She worked closely with many composers including Per Nørgård, Jack Body, Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Mason Bates, Mohammed Fairouz and Chinary Ung at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Symphony Space and the National Gallery of Art. Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “masters of all musical things they survey”, Del Sol Quartet was a two-time top winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Sarah Cahill, recently called “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by the Chicago Tribune, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Samuel Adams, and Ingram Marshall. Recent appearances include the Interlochen Arts Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, a concert with the Silk Road Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall, the Other Minds Festival, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Upcoming concerts include the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Festival of New American Music, National Sawdust, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sarah Cahill’s discography includes over twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, and Pinna labels. Cahill’s four-CD box set, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, was released late last year on the Irritable Hedgehog label. Her 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 and curates a series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum.

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