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The Future is Female

Sarah Cahill, piano

“A sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde.”
New York Times

PLAN YOUR EVENING! Ticketholders are welcome to arrive late, leave for dinner or bring food in, or just come for part of the performance. Don’t want to miss your favorite piece? Check out the evening’s program below. 

Between 4 – 8 PM, bring your ticket stubs to Blue Dogwood Public Market across Franklin St. for 10% off food and $5 glasses of wine. Feel free to get takeout and bring your food to CURRENT (no alcohol please)!


Tickets $27

Featuring dozens of compositions by women around the globe—including Chen Yi, Meredith Monk, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Clara Schumann—pianist Sarah Cahill’s The Future is Female is both a ritual installation and communal feminist immersive listening experience. A “marathon” performance meant to be experienced uniquely, guests can enter and exit at will, sit, stand, and even explore the performance space.

With this physical manifestation of Cahill’s lifetime dedication to supporting the artistic work of women, she will illuminate works by women composers that range from the 17th century to present day.

Please note: This performance begins at 5 PM and is approximately 5 hours long. This is not meant to be a seated classical recital: Ticketholders are encouraged to come and go, bring snacks (no alcohol), explore the performance space, and make their own unique experience.


Hour One
Keyboard Suite in D minor (1707) Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
April Preludes 1 and 3 (1937) Vítězslava Kaprálová
Music for Piano (1989/1997) Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
Prelude (1946) Julia Perry
Theme and Variations (1895) Cecile Chaminade
“Metal” from Earth, Water, Wood, Metal, Fire (2001) Kui Dong
Peggy’s Rag (1996) Elena Kats-Chernin
Prelude for a Pensive Pupil (1958) Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Hour Two
Lieder Op. 2, No. 1 and 3 (1846) Fanny Mendelssohn
Sonata in E minor, first mvt. (1932) Florence Price
Quintuplets Play Pen: For Ruth Crawford (2001) Pauline Oliveros
Scherzo (1934) Grażyna Bacewicz
Un rêve en mer (1868) Teresa Carreño
Ritual (1987) Tania León
St. Petersburg Waltz (1997) Meredith Monk

Hour Three
Ear-Walking Woman (1996) Annea Lockwood
Sonata No. 9, Op. 5 No. 3 (1811)  Hélène de Montgeroult
Partita (1957) Germaine Tailleferre
Four Planes (2015) Elizabeth A. Baker
Heights and Depths of Love, first mvt. (2009) Žibuoklé Martinaityt

Hour Four
Glass Houses No. 7 (1981) Ann Southam
Study War No More (2009) Bernice Johnson Reagon
Unseen (2018) Deirdre Gribbin
In C, Too (2015) Elena Ruehr
Guessing (2000) Chen Yi
Dreaming (1892) Amy Beach
Barcarola Latinoamericana (2007) Gabriela Lena Fran

Hour Five
Variations Op. 20 (1853) Clara Schumann
Etude No. 1 (1938) Nina Makarova
She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees (2019) Theresa Wong
Ballade (2005) Kaija Saariaho
Sonata No. 6 (1757) Anna Bon
Birds at Dawn (1917) Fannie Charles Dillon