New York-based pianist Adam Tendler will perform John Cage's landmark work for piano, "Sonatas and Interludes," at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.
A preconcert talk with Tendler, moderated by NET Radio host Genevieve Randall, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and a reception in Sheldon's Great Hall will follow the concert. The event is free and open to the public.
Tendler, in Lincoln as part of a John Cage centenary tour, will spend Nov. 14-16 as a teaching artist-in-residence with students at Lincoln Public Schools, Lancaster County Youth Services and UNL. His visit to Lincoln is a collaborative project of Sheldon and the Lincoln Arts Council. Outreach partners include the Lincoln Music Teachers Association, Lincoln Public Schools' Junior Youth Orchestra and Pathfinder Program, Lancaster County Youth Services, and UNL's School of Music and Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.
Nominated for the 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award, 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," an independent recital tour organized from the front seat of his Hyundai that brought free concerts of modern American music to underserved communities in all 50 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, he 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.