The World of Henry Cowell

Event has passed (Fri Apr 6, 2018 - Sat Apr 7, 2018)
Noe Valley Ministry
April 6, 7:30pm; April 7, 3pm; 4pm; 8pm
$20 - $50


April 6, 7:30pm; April 7, 3pm; 4pm; 8pm

Join us for Bard Music West's second season and discover Henry Cowell, the great Bay Area innovator who's daring ideas shocked the world and inspired countless artists. Experience virtuosic works for percussion, classical Persian music, an experimental fusion of music and dance, glorious early American choral music, and thrilling, rarely heard works by Cowell and his contemporaries.

Buy a full festival pass for discounted tickets and access to all performances and talks, featuring over 40 world-class artists from New York, the Bay Area, and beyond.

April 6, 7:30 pm
Program 1 - In Search of American Music
Follow Henry Cowell in his search for the American voice, from eighteenth-century American choral works to the American luminaries he promoted. Pianist Sarah Cahill performs and a cappella group Volti returns after their "transcendent" performance at Bard Music West's inaugural festival.

April 7
3 pm, Conversation with Joel Sachs
Joel Sachs - pianist, Juilliard professor, and author of the widely-acclaimed Henry Cowell biography - will share stories from Cowell's adventurous life.

4 pm, Program 2 - Living in the Whole World of Music
Discover the inspiration that Cowell drew from non-Western music, how his work opened the door for his students Lou Harrison and John Cage, and how that widening of possibilities is reflected today in contemporary musical masterworks that weave across cultures. Hear tombak virtuoso Shahab Paranj and New York-based superstar ensemble Third Sound.

7:30pm Preconcert interview

8pm, Program 3 - Henry Cowell: Inventor
Revel in the sonorities of Henry Cowell's wild musical inventions and discover this year's commissioning project: an experimental collaboration between composer Eugene Birman and choreographer and San Francisco Ballet soloist, James Sofranko. This premiere is sure to be unforgettable. The award-winning Telegraph Quartet ends the program with Cowell's moving United Quartet.


  1. Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA