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Free Concert for the Community: American Composers

For immediate release, questions—contact Marjie Gowdy, marjie@georgeohr.orgAdam Tendler  Filed 3/22/06

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will sponsor a free piano Concert for the Community on Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Biloxi. Pianist Adam Tendler of Vermont will present the America 88x50 concert, which is conceived as a celebration of rebirth on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Families from throughout the coast are especially encouraged to attend this event.

Tendler, concert pianist, teacher and composer, approached Ohr-O’Keefe recently about the concert for the community as part of his travels cross the Gulf Coast.  He recently finished his first draft of Psalm Contact: Eight Meditations on a Theme by Mendelssohn through Psalm 119 for chorus, chamber choir, string orchestra, guitar and piano.  Tendler began classical music performance training at the age of seven.   He graduated with distinction from Indiana University School of Music in 2003, and while there also engaged in a study of Motown and the Swahili language. He taught music at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier, Vermont, and did construction work along the Canadian border to raise funds for his musical journey across the U.S.

Tendler pointed out that the four composers featured in his program are all from America and all born before 1950.  Noting that, he hopes to incorporate as well some compositions from the turn of the last century that would have been popular during the time of George E. Ohr (1857-1918).

Tendler will sell copies of his c.d. at the concert, and light refreshments will be served.  Donations to the museum are welcome, but, again, attendance is free. The Church is located at 1340 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi.

For more information, call the museum at 228.374.5547. Tendler' s Bio is at: http://www.america88x50.com/bio.html

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