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Striking the right chords

March 23, 2017

Striking the right chords

Rothko Chapel to host pianist Adam Tendler in concert, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20

HOUSTON – March 23, 2017 – The Rothko Chapel is preparing to celebrate and experience the power of a piano.

The nonprofit, located at 3900 Yupon St. in Houston, will be hosting internationally renowned American pianist Andy Tendler for a free concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. There is a $10 suggested donation.    

The program will include works by Nico Muhly, Earle Brown, Marina Poleukhina, Charlie Sdraulig, Morton Feldman and Philip Glass.

Tendler has performed solo recitals in across the U.S., including engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, National Sawdust, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Maverick Concert Hall and the Fisher Center at Bard College. He was also the first musical performer at James Turrell's Skypace in Sarasota Florida. He has been praised by the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, Time Out New York and the Baltimore Sun.

Tendler’s memoir, “88x50,” about his grassroots 50-state recital tour, was a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award Nominee.

He currently serves on the faculty of Third Street Music School Settlement -- the country’s first community music school in New York City where he lives.

This will be Tendler’s fourth performance at the Rothko Chapel, which he said is his favorite venue.

“The space itself, the air, has a kind of Epsom salt effect on a person -- just pulling stuff out that one doesn’t even know is there,” he said.

The Rothko Chapel has the same reverence for Tendler’s skills on the piano.

“In his previous Rothko performances, Adam responded to the Chapel environment by sharing an ambitious program of exquisitely understated music -- works that provoke, challenge, thrill, and ultimately move the listener,” public programs and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer said. “The performances fused musical programming with the physical space to create sonic clearings for reflection.”

For registration and for more information about the Rothko Chapel with a full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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