Concerts

Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

The Bender JCC presents its 48th season of rising stars and renowned artists in the 2019-2020 concert series that includes familiar faces as well as series debuts. Join us to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday and for magnificent chamber works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt, Shostakovich and more. Musicians perform in the Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium.

Subscriptions will be available for purchase online, by phone, or via order form STARTING JUNE 1. Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Concerts

The Bender JCC is pleased to extend our partnership with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi  to present exciting FREE chamber orchestra programs in the Kreeger Theater for their 2019-2020 season.  Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled has established this chamber orchestra to nurture, train and support local graduate music students during their auditions period, offering concerts all across Maryland.

Details about the upcoming season to be announced soon…

 

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Parker Quartet &
Boston Symphony Orchestra Quartet
Sunday, September 22nd
Stefan Jackiw & Anna Polonsky Sunday, November 17th
Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein Sunday, December 8th
Angela Hewitt Sunday, March 1st
Gryphon Trio Sunday, March 29th
Benjamin Grosvenor Sunday, May 3rd
Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

PARKER QUARTET & BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA QUARTET
String Quartet + String Quartet

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Founded in 2002 and renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Parker Quartet will be joined by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform the glorious Mendelssohn Octet.

“intense, virtuosic, utterly assured” (The Boston Globe)

EVENING PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
SZYMANOWSKI  Quartet No. 2, Op. 56
MENDELSSOHN  Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20

 

Stefan Jackiw & Anna Polonsky

Sunday, November 17th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series
STEFAN JACKIW & ANNA POLONSKY
Violin + Piano

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

Stefan Jackiw is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. He will be joined by pianist Anna Polonsky, recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and in great demand as a chamber musician.

 “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post)

EVENING PROGRAM

BACH Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014
STRAVINSKY  Duo Concertante
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

 

 

 

Stefan Jackiw


Anna Polonsky

Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein

Sunday, December 8th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series
SHANGHAI QUARTET & ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN
String Quartet + Clarinet

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

Returning by popular demand to the Bender JCC. Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Once again they will be joined by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, recipient of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Young Concert Artists International winner.

“beautiful liquid clarity”
(The New York Times)

EVENING PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
MOZART  Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581  

 

 

Shanghai Quartet

Alexander Fiterstein

Angela Hewitt

Sunday, March 1st
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

ANGELA HEWITT
Piano

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. In 2016, Angela began her ​Bach Odyssey, performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of twelve recitals, finishing in 2020.

“enviable poise and expressive beauty”  (Gramophone)

EVENING PROGRAM

BACH Four Duets, BWV 802-805
BACH Eighteen Little Preludes BWV 924-8, 930, 933-43, 999
BACH Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 944
BACH Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
BACH French Overture in B Minor, BWV 831

       

Gryphon Trio

Sunday, March 29th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

GRYPHON TRIO
Piano Trio

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

Back by popular demand to the Bender JCC. For over 25 years, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic and memorable performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

“big, bold, almost
orchestral
performances

(Los Angeles Times)

EVENING PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN  Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8
BRAHMS Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

 

Benjamin Grosvenor

Sunday, May 3rd
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR
Piano

AOE Subscription Series
Tickets to individual concerts will be available in late-August.

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music making. Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven, and he was invited to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the First Night of the 2011 BBC Proms, aged just nineteen.

EVENING PROGRAM

“one in a million…several million” (The Independent)

RAMEAU Gavotte & Variations in A Minor
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7
LISZT                        Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171
LISZT                        Valses oubliées Nos. 1 and 2, S. 215
LISZT                        Berceuse in D-Flat Major, S. 174 (2nd version)
GOUNOD/LISZT Valse de l’Opéra Faust,  S. 407