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Kate Stenberg and Sarah Cahill in concert

Stenberg Cahill

Bay area musicians Kate Stenberg (violin) and  Sarah Cahill (piano)  perform a concert for violin and piano. The chamber music recital will present three sonatas from three centuries by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Henry Cowell. Ms. Cahill has researched and recorded much of the prominent 20th-century American modernist Henry Cowell’s music, and commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to his enduring influence.

Date: Sat. September 24, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets (at door): $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Online discount: $15 General, $12 Seniors/Students
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W. A. Mozart           Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major, K. 454
Johannes Brahms  Violin Sonata No 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Henry Cowell          Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1
Claude Debussy     Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)

About the artists

KateStenbergKate Stenberg’s solo violin playing has been described by NewMusicBox as “highly virtuosic and deeply communicative…full of character and presence.” Her acclaimed CD, “Scenes from a New Music Séance” with pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann, released by Other Minds in 2012, includes several world premieres and assorted new music – a genre to which she has been deeply committed.

Formerly, as the first violinist in the renowned Del Sol String Quartet, with whom she toured nationally and internationally for the past two decades, Kate performed premieres of hundreds of new works and recorded numerous CDs. She was a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Real Vocal String Quartet. In addition to her recordings with Del Sol String Quartet, she has recorded with many other ensembles, including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, New Music Works and with the late Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Kate Stenberg has performed at San Francisco Performances with Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, the music of Daniel Bernard Roumain alongside cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. In addition, she has performed with the  San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras, as well as the San Francisco Symphony and New Century Chamber Orchestra. She has lectured and performed at numerous conservatories and universities throughout the country including the Manhattan School of Music, MIT and the San Francisco and Peabody Conservatories of Music.

Kate was raised in a dynamic family of professional musicians and received her degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

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sarahcahill_4634s_683x1024Sarah Cahill, recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by the New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, 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, Yoko Ono, and Ingram Marshall, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others.

Cahill has researched and recorded music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for performance.

Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, four performances at the San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox, a residency at the Noguchi Museum, and concerts at Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette in New York. She has performed chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups.

Most of Sarah’s albums are on the New Albion label. She has also recorded for the CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, and Cold Blue labels. Her album A Sweeter Music is on the Other Minds label, and Pinna Records recently released her two-CD set of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants.

She has recorded a three-CD set of Terry Riley’s solo and four-hand (with pianist Regina Schaffer) music for the Irritable Hedgehog label, scheduled for release later this year. 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 monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum.

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