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    Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music
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Two distinct concert programs of music by Henry Cowell (1897–1965) included Cowell's notorious piano music and a wealth of little-known works by the original American experimentalist: Set of Five (1952), Quartet Euphometric (1916-19), Sonata for Violin & Piano (1945), the complete organ works, numerous unpublished songs, and other selections.

Performers: Colorado String Quartet, Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio, Sarah Cahill (piano), Sandra Soderlund (organ), Wendy Hillhouse (mezzo-soprano)

A pre-concert panel discussion on November 13th included composer John Duffy, founder of Meet the Composer and student of both Cowell and Aaron Copland; Joel Sachs, conductor of the New Juilliard Ensemble and New York's new music ensemble Continuum, and author of a forthcoming Cowell biography (Oxford University Press); legendary record producer George Avakian (Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong); violinist Anahid Ajemian; pianist Sarah Cahill; and Charles Amirkhanian of Other Minds.

Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music also included an exhibition of Cowell's manuscripts, notes, and artwork.

View the concert program here.
Cowell Program

Thursday, November 12, 2009
8pm Concert
Valley Presbyterian Church
945 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Program
"Adagio" from Ensemble
(1924)
              Hannah Adario-Berry (cello); Anthony Brown (percussion)
Toccanta (1938)
              Madison Smith (soprano); Sarah Holzman (flute); Hannah Adario-Berry (cello);
              Sarah Cahill (piano)
Piano music
       Tides of Manaunaun (1912)
       Trumpet of Angus Og (1918)
       Exultation (1921)
       Aeolian Harp & Sinister Resonance (1923; 1930)
       Anger Dance (1914)
              Sarah Cahill (piano)
Songs
       How Old is Song? (1931)
       Thou Art the Tree of Life (1955)
       April (1918)
       Where She Lies (1924)
       The Pasture (1944)
       Spring Pools (1958)
       Rest (1933)
       Song in the Songless (1921)
              Wendy Hillhouse (mezzo-soprano); Jodi Gandolfi (piano)
Quartet Euphometric (1916)
              Colorado String Quartet
String Quartet No. 4 "United" (1936)
              Colorado String Quartet

Friday, November 13, 2009
7pm Panel Discussion, 8pm Concert, Reception to follow
Presidio Chapel
Building 130, Fisher Loop, San Francisco

Program
Prelude for Organ (1925)
              Sandra Soderlund (organ)
Processional (1942)
              Sandra Soderlund (organ)
Set of Five (1952)
              Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
Songs
       Manaunaun's Birthing (1924)
       Song in the Songless (1921)
       Rest (1933)
       Three Songs on Texts by Padraic Collum (1956)
       Music I Heard (1961)
       Music When Soft Voices Die (1922)
              Wendy Hillhouse (mezzo-soprano); Jodi Gandolfi (piano)
Piano music
       Rhythmicana (1938)
       The Banshee (1925)
       The Fairy Answer (1929)
       Tiger (1928)
              Sarah Cahill (piano)
Ground & Fuguing Tune (1955)
              Sandra Soderlund (organ)
Hymn & Fuguing Tune No. 14 (1962)
              Sandra Soderlund (organ)
Sonata for Violin & Piano (1945)
              Abel-Steinberg Duo
Quartet Euphometric (1916)
              Colorado String Quartet
String Quartet No. 5 (1955-6)
              Colorado String Quartet

 


Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

 


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