One of the most memorable highlights of last season’s Salons at the Hotel Rex series presented by San Francisco Performances (SFP) came with the solo recital by pianist Sarah Cahill that concluded the series. She revisited many of the selections from a full-length program she had prepared for the Noe Valley Chamber Music series, in which she examined the chaconne form from the perspective of both the Baroque period and the more recent past. At the end of her program, she talked a bit about the other pieces she had played in the full recital, which included “Still Cycles,” written for her on commission by local composer Danny Clay. She presented a brief excerpt; and, during the following Q&A, she was asked if she would return to play the piece in its entirety.
Next month Cahill will return to the Rex to conclude the series of the 2016 Fall Salons. The title of the program will be Chaconnes, Revisited; and, yes, “Still Cycles” will be part of that program. Clay used a chaconne by George Frideric Handel as a point of departure for “Still Cycles;” and Cahill will also perform than Handel chaconne as part of her program. She will also revisit the chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina that she had played at the Rex in May. In addition, the program will include chaconnes by John Blow (in G minor) and Louis Couperin (in D minor), as well as Cecile Chaminade’s Opus 8 chaconne.
The Rex Salons are one-hour events, running from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Chaconnes, Revisited will take place on Wednesday, December 14. The Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street, between Powell Street and Mason Street. All tickets are $25, and they may be purchased in advance online through a City Box Office event page. Any additional information may be obtained by calling SFP at 415-392-2545.