Dr. Adam Kendall has been playing the violin and the piano for the open public since 2011 when he was inspired by a personal loss to bring his favorite music to the street side. While riding the ViaRail Train across Canada, he was deeply moved by an acoustic guitar ensemble who played freely for all the passengers. When he returned, he noticed that many others he encountered at home had the same need for a musical experience and in many instances unable to afford season tickets to the local symphony.
Every week, he sets up a full size upright piano, his amplified violin, and welcomes other volunteers to bring chairs and signs. Where he notices those in grief and a need for healing, there is the upbeat Scott Joplin's Solace and the consoling Debussy Preludes. For the toddlers and small children, he might play The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag. For the classical listeners, he brings out the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Rachmanninoff Preludes. His music is provided completely free of charge, though he welcomes donations to locally operated charities. By request of the community he has also been giving private lessons to young musicians from 3 to 16, some who play on donated instruments. For those who can afford, the cost of the lesson is in the form of a donation to a 501(c)3 charity of their choice.
Every Friday Night, Dr Kendall performs live at the Monrovia Street Festival where he plays the a variety a popular and classical music. The Festival has been a long standing tradition in this beautiful foothill city and makes a great family outing for young and old. Apart from the music, there is a farmers market, people selling arts and crafts and there are games for the kids.