In Search of American Music
7:30pm, Friday, April 6
Follow Henry Cowell in his search for the American voice, from early American choral works of Billings and Walker to some of the great American luminaries he promoted, including Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Ruth Crawford Seeger. Cowell specialist, pianist Sarah Cahill, performs and San Francisco's premiere contemporary a cappella group, Volti, returns after their “transcendent” performance at Bard West’s inaugural festival.
“Apart from being an exceptional pianist and muse to scores of inventive composers, Sarah Cahill is a first-rate communicator who specializes in connecting the music she plays to broader streams of everyday life.
—Time Out New York
"Volti's performance was so balanced and pure...luckily, the chorus returned at the evening's close for a hypnotic performance - a transcendent end to the festival."
—San Francisco Classical Voice, Bard Music West 2017
Set of Two Movements: High Color for solo piano
Psalm 121 and The Morning Cometh for a cappella chorus
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 7 for viola and piano
William Billings: Modern Music and David’s Lamentation for a cappella chorus
William Walker: Sweet Prospect for a cappella chorus
Charles Ives: Piano Trio
John Cage: Bacchanal for prepared piano
Johanna Beyer: From Gebrauchs-Musik—I for piano
Dane Rudhyar: Stars for piano
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Three Chants for women's chorus
Leo Ornstein: Suicide in an Airplane
William Grant Still: Grief for soprano
Otto Luening: Nine Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson (selections)
Aaron Copland: 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson (selections)
Carl Ruggles: Prayer for soprano