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The Future Is Female

“Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” – Keyboard Magazine
“A leading light of the new-music piano scene…”
The New York Times


Join the MFA for a marathon performance by celebrated pianist Sarah Cahill featuring more than sixty compositions by women composers from around the globe. Cahill kicks off with a blind listening session in which she plays compositions by both men and women, questioning what we conceive as gender in music through the ages. You are encouraged to drop in and listen for any length of time.

Of recent performances of The Future is Female, Chatham Lifestyle lauded, “The Future is Female was truly a treat: a trip through time and place through a wonderful variety of classical styles,” and Indy Week acclaimed, “There’s something invitingly contemporary about it, a vital complement to preservation for the vitality of classical piano music.”

Lee Krasner’s Re-Echo will be the emotional and artistic center of this performance by pianist Sarah Cahill.

Reecho Lee Krasner

As a complement to the performance, the MFA will feature works from women artists in our collection in a video presentation shown in tandem with the performance. Audience members will be able to engage for any length of time and in a number of ways, including blind listening sessions, and in-gallery listening experiences.

This program will not only center Lee Krasner as an exemplar of women artists, but will serve as an opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of women artists excelling in performance, photography and visual arts.

This performance will be take place live in the Marly room at the MFA. To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff, face masks are required while inside the museum at all times. Capacity for this event will be limited.

Free with museum admission.

Featured composers and pieces are listed below:

• Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water
• The Honourable Elizabeth A Baker: Four Planes
• Hélène de Montgeroult: Sonata No. 9, Op. 5 No. 3
• Theresa Wong: She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees
• Vítězslava Kaprálová: April Preludes No. 1 and 3 -and- Amy Beach: Dreaming
• Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Music for Piano
• Theresa Wong: She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees
• Julia Perry: Prelude
• Reena Esmail: Rang de Basant
• Regina Harris Baiocchi: Piano Poems

Art Bridges Foundation

This program is generously sponsored by the Art Bridges Foundation

Image credits: Lee Krasner, Re-Echo, 1957, Oil on canvas, 59 x 58 in., Art Bridges. Photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s, Inc. © 2020. © 2021 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Event Details

January 20, 2022

2–8 pm

Event Categories

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

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