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Sarah Cahill champions the female composer / SFCV Q&A

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SFCV - Jason Victor Serinus writes.....Born in Washington, D.C., pianist, teacher, lecturer, radio host, event producer, and writer Sarah Cahill moved to Berkeley at age 5 when her late father joined the art history faculty at UC Berkeley. Thanks to a curriculum in the Berkeley public schools that included music education, her graduation from double bass to keyboard came naturally.
Over the decades, Cahill's work at the keyboard, over the airwaves, in person, in print, at new-music performances including the New Music Bay Area summer-solstice "Garden of Memory" concerts at the Chapel of the Chimes, and at events featuring the music of Terry Riley and Lou Harrison has made her a major and much-loved figure in the Bay Area music scene. A full list of concerts she has contributed to or promoted would take up many pages. Yet as ubiquitous and respected a presence as Cahill may have, her awareness and experience of the challenges that women face in the classical/new-music communities remain acute. Thus, alongside her recognized status as a champion of new music she has developed a parallel championship of female composers from multiple centuries.
On Dec. 18 from 2–9 pm, Cahill will present The Future is Female, a seven-hour "sit/come-and-go/walk around" marathon performance of keyboard music by female composers at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA). The performance is included with gallery admission. To gain perspective on the event, and to get an update on Cahill's career during these COVID-challenging times, we Zoomed together in early December.