San Francisco's Home for Great Concerts since 1970

Adam Tendler

Sonatas and Interludes by John CageAdam Tendler’s unique public life in the arts as a celebrated pianist, composer, and advocate began with his headline-making America 88×50 tour, a first-of-its-kind classical music outreach initiative in which for one year Tendler lived out of his car presenting free lecture-recitals of modern American music in all fifty states with no outside funding. Since then, he has continued to turn heads with his uncompromising programming, bold original compositions, and innovative collaborations, including a recent tenure as Artistic Director of the Foundation for Modern Music, a nonprofit supporting the work of living composers. Tendler continues to perform, compose, and teach in New York City, and is currently in the final stages of editing Dissonant States, a memoir detailing his search for national, artistic, and sexual identity within the context of his landmark America 88×50 tour.

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.