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.

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Concerts

The Bender JCC is pleased to continue 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 in 2018 to nurture, train and support local graduate music students during their auditions period, offering concerts all across Maryland.

This season the Mount Vernon Virtuosi will perform TWO programs on each of five Sundays. We are thrilled to include a 45-minute morning family concert along with the afternoon concert for adults.

Amit Peled, a father of three, says about these special family concerts: “The idea is to have the kids and their families join us on stage for a presentation of 45 minutes. I envision them sitting all around us, participating in the music-making, and we truly hope to ignite in them the same love, joy, and excitement we feel while performing.

Questions about concerts at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

 

Behind The Strings—The Shanghai Quartet, Documentary Film Sunday, December 8th
Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein Sunday, December 8th
MOUNT VERNON VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERTS When Bach Met Bloch With Cellist Amit Peled Sunday, February 2nd
Angela Hewitt Sunday, March 1st
Gryphon Trio Sunday, March 29th
MOUNT VERNON VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERTS Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Extravaganza Sunday, April 5th
Benjamin Grosvenor Sunday, May 3rd
MOUNT VERNON VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERTS From Haydn to Hollywood With Cellist Amit Peled Sunday, May 17th

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When Mao’s Cultural Revolution ended, China’s door cracked open. Four young, classically trained musicians seized the opportunity to flee to the West. As the Shanghai Quartet, they’ve performed for 35 years in the U.S. and around the world. Behind the Strings tells you how they got there, and the price they pay to stay on top.
 
A special premiere screening of this documentary will be presented prior to the Shanghai Quartet’s live performance. FREE (RSVP requested) for Concert ticket holders. 

Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein

Sunday, December 8th
7:30 PM

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

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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

11:00 AM Kid-Friendly Family Concert
2:00 PM Adult-Oriented Chamber Music Concert

Check out this video from the MVV Family concert on November 3 and see you February 2 for the next one. A chamber music concert unlike any other- where else will you be welcomed onto stage with the musicians and instruments?

Free RSVP for 11:00 AM Concert
Free RSVP for 2:00 PM Concert

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a new chamber orchestra established by Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled, is dedicated to nurturing and training local graduate music students. Artistic Director Amit Peled presents a special concert of the Bach Cello Suites along with selections from Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life.

BLOCH                “Supplication,” From Jewish Life
BACH                 Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
BLOCH                “Jewish Song,” From Jewish Life
BACH                   Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
BLOCH                “Prayer,” From Jewish Life
BACH                   Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011


On August 1, we switched to a new, enhanced system for event registration. It’s easy to register! Here’s how:

  • The first time that you register for an event in the new system, you will be given the opportunity to create a new account.
  • Then, just follow the prompts to register?
  • This account for events at the Bender JCC will be different than the new class registration we are rolling out on October 16.
  • While they are separate accounts, you are able to use the same email for both.

Angela Hewitt

Sunday, March 1st
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

ANGELA HEWITT
Piano

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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

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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

 

11:00 AM Kid-Friendly Family Concert
2:00 PM Adult-Oriented Chamber Music Concert

Free RSVP for 11:00 AM ConcertFree RSVP for 2:00 PM Concert

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a new chamber orchestra established by Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled, is dedicated to nurturing and training local graduate music students. This concert celebrating Beethoven’s  250th Anniversary will include the winds of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi for the first time.

BEETHOVEN      Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN      Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92

With Daniel Del Pino, Piano


On August 1, we switched to a new, enhanced system for event registration. It’s easy to register! Here’s how:

  • The first time that you register for an event in the new system, you will be given the opportunity to create a new account.
  • Then, just follow the prompts to register?
  • This account for events at the Bender JCC will be different than the new class registration we are rolling out on October 16.
  • While they are separate accounts, you are able to use the same email for both.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Sunday, May 3rd
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR
Piano

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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




                       
   

11:00 AM Kid-Friendly Family Concert
2:00 PM Adult-Oriented Chamber Music Concert

Free RSVP for 11:00 AM Concert
Free RSVP for 2:00 PM Concert

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a new chamber orchestra established by Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled, is dedicated to nurturing and training local graduate music students. This concert will feature Artistic Director Amit Peled as cello soloist along with famous Hollywood film music.

  • HAYDN            Concerto for Cello
  • WILLIAMS       Schindler’s List


On August 1, we switched to a new, enhanced system for event registration. It’s easy to register! Here’s how:

  • The first time that you register for an event in the new system, you will be given the opportunity to create a new account.
  • Then, just follow the prompts to register?
  • This account for events at the Bender JCC will be different than the new class registration we are rolling out on October 16.
  • While they are separate accounts, you are able to use the same email for both.