Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC – Celebrating 50 years!


Sundays at 7:00 PM

Don’t miss a moment of our 50th season of the Polinger Artists of Excellence concert series, presenting rising stars and renowned artists in the 2022-2023 concert series that includes familiar faces as well as series debuts. Join us for magnificent well-loved chamber works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Dvořák plus lesser-known works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, George Walker, and Kati Agócs. Musicians perform in the Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium.

  • Single concert tickets – $50 – purchase through the link online

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The Mount Vernon Virtuosi

The Bender JCC is pleased to resume our partnership with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi to present exciting FREE chamber orchestra programs at the Bender JCC for their 2023 season. Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist Amit Peled established this chamber orchestra in 2018 to nurture, train and support local graduate music students during their auditions period, and offering concerts all across Maryland.

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The safety of our patrons is our highest priority. Please see our latest COVID-19 policies on our website. Proof of vaccination and masks are required to attend.

PARKING – Free parking is available in the Bender JCC parking lot


Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Music Showcase Sunday, May 28th

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Music Showcase

Sunday, May 28th
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM


Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Music Showcase
Featuring Special Guest Marina Piccinini (flute), Amit Peled (cello), and MVV alumni

Sunday, May 28, 2023 | Two Performances

Family Concert | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Free

Introduce the youngsters in your life to the magic of classical music with entertaining, educational concerts that engage and inspire. Suitable for all ages, children learn about orchestral instruments and composers while enjoying a fun afternoon of music.  Please join us for a reception following for light refreshment and to meet the musicians. Join Amit Peled for a 45-minute musical storytelling session for kids under the age of 8.  All family members are welcome to attend!

General Public Concert | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Free

Join us for “Buddies in Music” with Barak Tal, conductor and Amit Peled, cello.

Excerpts from:

Victor Herbert: Serenade for String Orchestra, op. 12

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto (arr. for cello solo and strings by Sahun Hong)

About Mount Vernon Virtuosi

Founded in 2018 by internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled, Mount Vernon Virtuosi is a chamber orchestra based in Baltimore, Maryland. Comprised of seventeen string players, the orchestra provides a place of artistic growth for young musicians on the brink of their professional careers. The orchestra performs for audiences of all ages through exceptional performances and community engagement activities throughout the Baltimore and Washington DC region.

Beyond regular season concerts in the Baltimore/Washington area, Mount Vernon Virtuosi has toured throughout the East Coast and records exclusively for the CTM Classics recording label. The orchestra’s first recording, “Mozart Live” was released in 2019.

Through the generous contributions of dedicated individuals, all regular season performances at the Bender JCC, including the Family Concerts, are presented free of charge.

For more information, please visit Mount Vernon Virtuosi’s website Click Here  .