Program One
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



Henry Cowell: 

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