Pianist Adam Tendler

Date(s):  November 16, 2012

Time(s):  Conversation: 7:30 pm; Concert: 8 pm

Sheldon and the Lincoln Arts Council present New York-based pianist Adam Tendler, who will visit Lincoln as part of a John Cage centenary tour in which he performs Cage's landmark work for piano, Sonatas and Interludes. There will be a conversation with Tendler, moderated by NET Radio host Genevieve Randall and a reception after the performance in the Great Hall. Admission is free.

Tendler will spend the previous two days with students and teachers. Outreach partners include the Lincoln Music Teachers Association, Lincoln Public Schools' Junior Youth Orchestra and Pathfinder Program, and UNL's School of Music and Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education.

Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award, Adam Tendler is quickly emerging as one of the country's most prolific and exciting pianists, building an international reputation through unique programming and a grassroots approach to classical music making. He first made national headlines with “America 88x50,” a completely independent recital tour organized from the front seat of his Hyundai that brought free concerts of modern American music to underserved communities in all fifty states. Tendler has gone on to perform internationally, direct classical music initiatives across the country, and serve as an announcer and contemporary music liaison for NPR and Pacifica stations nationwide. While balancing a performance schedule that spans Symphony Space to the Stonewall Inn, Tendler maintains an active teaching schedule, serves as the founding director of a nightly music series at Soho House New York, and this winter will publish a memoir about coming out and coming of age during the “America 88x50” tour, the development of which you can follow at his blog, “The Dissonant States”.

"An exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase." Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"A modern-music evangelist." Time Out New York

"Adam has managed to get behind and underneath the notes . . . living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all. If they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all." Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Location: Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, Sheldon Museum of Art