Adam Tendler: Inheritances

Presented by Other Minds

Adam Tendler playing piano in front of a projected image.

After his father’s unexpected death, pianist Adam Tendler used his inheritance, a wad of cash received in a parking lot, to begin a commissioning project inviting a broad spectrum of sound artists and composers to create new piano works exploring the idea of ‘inheritance’ itself. Woven into one intimate program, these pieces tell a universal story of lineage, loss, and place, and become a meditation on confronting our past while moving forward into the future. The performance will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District.

New works by commissioned composers Devonté Hynes, Nico Muhly, Laurie Anderson, inti figgis-vizueta, Pamela Z, Ted Hearne, Angélica Negrón, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Missy Mazzoli, Darian Donovan Thomas, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Scott Wollschleger, Mary Prescott, Timo Andres, and John Glover.

“emotionally involving…musically rewarding…. It was a joy to hear so much good music from so many contemporary artists.” —New York Times

“the hottest pianist on the American contemporary classical scene.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Read more about Inheritances in the New York Times, “My Father’s Death, an Envelope of Cash, a Legacy in Music.”

City: San Francisco
Price Range:
$20 to $60

Program Items

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 Inheritance
inti figgis-vizueta hushing
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 Donavan Thomas We don’t need to tend this garden. They’re wildflowers.
Nico Muhly Eiris, Sones
Devonté Hynes Morning Piece


Adam Tendler Piano

Brava Theater

Brava Theater

2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States