Adam Tendler: Inheritances

Adam Tendler: Inheritances

ANNEX | 823 SEYMOUR STREET | Google map
Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM
General admission seating. All ages welcome.

Adam Tendler, piano

TICKETS | $19-$42

Regular, student/arts worker


A Pianist’s Inheritance Inspires Little Masterpieces

The New York Times

Adam Tendler, one of the most celebrated contemporary pianists in the world, didn’t expect an inheritance from his father. But, when it happened, the gift was as bizarre as it was unexpected: a wad of cash in a manilla envelope, handed over in a parking lot.

His inspiration for how to spend it came in a flash months later: to commission a program of new piano works about inheritance itself. He contacted his dearest friends, who also happen to be brilliant composers, and each one said yes. They were inspired by what Tendler had shared about his relationship with his father, as well as their own memories and their personal interpretations of inheritance.

Tendler performs each of the 16 pieces received from sound artists and composers at this Canadian premiere. These diverse compositions are bold and tender in turn. Each holds a depth and emotional resonance. These “bereavement gifts” to the artist can be profound, almost sacred, forays into the meaning of legacy in all its forms.

Woven into one intimate program, the pieces tell a universal story of lineage, loss and place, and become a meditation on confronting our past while moving forward into the future.

For program notes for “Inheritances,” click here.

Co-presented by Music on Main and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

The January 24 concert is sponsored by Elisabeth Owre and Patrick Oswald. 



Laurie Anderson
Remember, I Created You

Missy Mazzoli
Forgiveness Machine

Scott Wollschleger
Outsider Song

Angélica Negrón
You Were My Age

John Glover
In The City of Shy Hunters

Mary Prescott
What It Becomes

Timo Andres
An Open Book

Ted Hearne

inti figgis-vizueta

Sarah Kirkland Snider
The Plum Tree I Planted Still There

Christopher Cerrone
Area of Refuge

Marcos Balter
False Memories

Pamela Z
Thank You So Much

Darian Donovan Thomas
We Don’t Need To Tend This Garden. They’re Wildflowers.

Nico Muhly
Eiris, Sones

Devonté Hynes
Morning Piece