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Welcome to the 6th New Music Miami ISCM Festival concert of the year featuring pianist Sarah Cahill in a musical tribute to American composer Lou Harrison.

Her New Music Miami ISCM Festival solo program features the premiere of Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s A Gamelan in the Distance, in memory of Lou Harrison; the premiere of a new work by Jacob Sudol; Lou Harrison’s Summerfield Set; Ursula Mamlok’s 2000 Notes; Tania León’s Ritual; George Lewis’ Endless Shout; Meredith Monk’s St. Petersburg Waltz; and Ann Southam’s Glass Houses No. 7. This performance concludes Cahill’s year-long 2017-2018 tour in celebration of Harrison’s centennial, performing his solo piano, chamber, and orchestral music in concerts across the country and in Japan.

Recent tour highlights include a program of Harrison’s solo piano and chamber music curated by Cahill on SF Performances’ PIVOT Series in San Francisco, his Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan in Boston and Cleveland, Piano Concerto with the San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra, an all-Lou Harrison concert in Fukuoka, Japan on three pianos in different tunings, and performances of his solo and chamber music in Orlando, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg, Florida. The New York Times praised her “fascinating program” of Harrison’s works at Le Poisson Rouge, while the Los Angeles Times described her performance at Tuesday@MonkSpace as, “important … Cahill played more as Harrison himself might have – boldly, exuberantly, with an ear for color and a foot for rhythm.”

Sarah Cahill had the opportunity to work closely with Lou Harrison, and has championed many of his works for piano. She visited him several times at his home in Aptos, California, and copied rare scores from his collection. She continues to research his music through people who knew him and the Harrison archives at University of California Santa Cruz. In 1997, Cahill was chosen to premiere Harrison’s Festival Dance for two pianos with Aki Takahashi at the Cooper Union, and worked with Harrison in rehearsals. She was also chosen to perform his Dance for Lisa Karon, discovered only a few years ago and not heard since its premiere in 1938, and has performed his Varied Trio and a number of solo and chamber works in a Lou Harrison festival in Tokyo. In preparing Harrison’s Piano Concerto for performances with the La Jolla and Berkeley Symphonies, Cahill worked extensively with several of his colleagues and close collaborators.


Times and Ticketing

Be sure to join us for a pre-concert discussion of works at 7:00pm, to be followed by a performance at 7:30pm.

This concert is free, and no ticket is required.


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