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.
Co-presented by Music on Main and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
The January 25 concert is sponsored by Music on Main Past Presidents: Karen A. Gelmon, M.D. & Anne M. Stewart, K.C.