Sarah Cahill is known for her lifetime dedication to supporting the artistic works of women. Cahill’s latest project, a piano concert called “The Future is Female,” originally started as a dream that her husband had.
“He woke up one morning and he said ‘I had this dream that you played all this music by women and the project was called 'Smash the Patriarchy!’' and that I was commissioning music from composers in tribute to women in the past,” Cahill said.
Cahill will feature the works of composers from the 17th century to the present day on Nov. 16 at the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.
Cahill is a pianist, writer, and producer based in California. Her latest project features over 60 compositions by women around the world. Some of the composers include Chen Yi, Meredith Monk, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Clara Schumann.
“The ultimate goal is to have more equity in programming so that we hear music by men and women both in concerts,” Cahill said. “Right now, the classical music we hear is pretty much exclusively by men. We need to create a balance.”
Cahill said she wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. To begin this project she conducted research to discover women who were writing in Mozart and Beethoven's time, composers that she said we never hear.
“You go to the symphony and you hear a program of all men, and a lot of people just don't question that," Cahill said. "And I’d like people to question that more."
Cahill’s performance will begin at 5 p.m. and continue for approximately five hours.
“It is an endurance test," Cahill said. "It is physically a lot, some of the pieces are very intricate and physically demanding."