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Posted on January 3, 2024 Posted by Cindy Uken | Jan 3, 2024 | NewsValley Life

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Classical Concerts Series Celebrates 10 Years


DESERT HOT SPRINGS —Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts kicks off its tenth season, which will feature five concerts in the coming months.

The first concert of the season is Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at Grace Church, 17400 Bubbling Wells Road. It will feature acclaimed Bay Area pianist Sarah Cahill, presenting The Future is Female: an innovative program of solo piano works composed by women over the past 200 years.

More details and a complete schedule can be found at:
No tickets or reservations are required, but cash donations at the door are appreciated.

“Since 2015, Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has presented dozens of free community concerts featuring performers who have traveled from throughout the country to entertain and inspire our local audience,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt. “We are especially proud to be embarking on our tenth season–a milestone that many small organizations such as ours never reach. The series has grown exponentially over the years, and our tenth season is without a doubt our biggest and
most ambitious yet!”

On Jan. 21, Cahill will perform a diverse program as part of her ongoing project, The Future is Female, which celebrates women composers from the 17th century to the present day. The ongoing project encompasses 30 compositions by women from around the globe and includes many new commissioned works and world premiere recordings.

Cahill’s concert for Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts features works spanning nearly two centuries by Louise Farrenc, Fanny Mendelssohn, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Margaret Bonds, Theresa Wong, and Regina Harris.

Cahill, hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, has commissioned and premiered more than 70 compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to Cahill include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Julia Wolfe, Roscoe Mitchell, Annea Lockwood, and Ingram Marshall. She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF).

Cahill’s discography includes more than 20 albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, Irritable Hedgehog, and Pinna labels. Her three-album
series, The Future is Female, was released on First Hand Records between March 2022
and April 2023.

Cahill’s radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and is a regular pre-concert speaker with the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Admission is free, thanks to underwriting from the City of Desert Hot Springs and generous contributions from individual donors. Cash donations are accepted at the door, and donations can also be made online at:

To learn more about Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts, visit:

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  • Sarah Cahill: City of DHS