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February 4, 2023

New Music Works to present intimate South County concert

SOUTH COUNTY—New Music Works of Santa Cruz will host a special, intimate home recital on Sept. 7 featuring pianist Sarah Cahill.

“Secret Lives of a Piano” will have Cahill perform on a legendary Steinway, Model D, nine-foot grand piano that was constructed in 1868 and upgraded recently by Russell Brown of Santa Cruz.

The piano has been owned and played by four different American Composers: Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Henry Cowell (1897-1965), Lou Harrison (1917-2003) and its current owner, New Music Works Conductor Phillip Collins (b. 1951).

Cahill, an acclaimed modern interpreter of American music, will perform works by these composers. While repertoire is subject to change, the following pieces are currently on the bill:

• Percy Grainger’s “Scotch Scotch Strathspey and Reel” (1939), “Now O Now I Needs Must Part (after John Dowland)” (1935) and “Shepherd’s Hey” (1913).

• Henry Cowell’s “The Tides of Manaunaun” (1912), “Tiger” (1928) and “High Color” (1938).

• Lou Harrison’s “Largo Ostinato” (1937), “Jig” (1939), “Two Cembalo Sonatas” (1943) and Tandy’s Tango” (1992).

• Phillip Collins’ “Pleasant Dreaming” (2006/2019) and “Springing” (2010).

Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres by Chocolate Restaurant will be offered to guests.

Tickets are $35 for general seating, $20 for students and $50 for “Golden Section,” (close proximity to the piano). Only advance tickets are available and can be purchased on

“Secret Lives of a Piano” will take place at a private residence in South Santa Cruz County. The location will be revealed upon ticket purchase.

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