Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC


Six outstanding concerts you don’t want to miss!
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.

Purchase your season tickets today and attend all six concerts for just $250! Season ticket packages are only available during our pre-sale (July 22 – September 27) and give you an exclusive chance to purchase your favorite seats before the general public has access.

Single concert tickets are $50, and go on sale Tuesday, October 3!

Marcie Blackman: (301) 348-3808 or

Purchase Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Tickets

Violin + Piano | October 22, 2023
BRAHMS Sonatensatz
FAURE Sonata No. 1 in A major, op.13
RAVEL Tzigane
GERSHWIN Three Preludes arranged by Jascha Heifetz
BEACH Romance
BERNSTEIN West Side Story Suite arranged by Jaimundo Penafort

Piano | November 12, 2023
BACH-BUSONI Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
RZEWSKI Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
BRAHMS Op. 119
GRANADOS Allegro de Concierto
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 3

Cello + Piano | December 3, 2023
DEBUSSY Cello Sonata in D Minor, L. 135
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
WEBERN Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11
BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

Piano | January 7, 2024 | 2:00 PM | Free
CHOPIN Rondo, Op. 16, 3rd Impromptu, Op. 51,
2 Nocturnes, Op. 27, 12 Etudes, Op. 25, and more

String Quartet | March 10, 2024
MOZART Quartet IN D MAJOR. K. 499
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet NO. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
BEETHOVEN Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 130

April 14, 2024
SCHUMANN Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (arranged by Yuval Shapiro. ICP commission)
HAKIM The Dove
RAZAZ Flowing Down The Widening Rings of Being
DEBUSSY Sacred and Profane Dances for Harp and String Quartet
SHARON The Ice Palace*
*Commissioned for the Israeli Chamber Project by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund.

Piano Trio | May 5, 2024
HAYDN Trio in E Minor, Hob. XV:12
RAVEL Trio in A Minor
SMETANA Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

The Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series is made possible by the Geraldine and Howard Polinger Concert Endowment Fund.

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 2023-2024 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.

Questions about concerts at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

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


Yom Ha’Shoah Concert: We Remember Monday, May 6th
CoA Coffeehouse: Oldies but Goodies Thursday, June 20th

Yom Ha’Shoah Concert: We Remember

Monday, May 6th
7:00 PM & 2:00 PM

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Iris Piano Trio

Join the Iris Piano Trio and Yiddish vocalist Frieda Enoch for an afternoon of music in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The musicians present beautiful music that showcases the power of the human spirit despite the darkest of days. Against all odds, faith, hope and music have always strengthened and uplifted us!

Iris Piano Trio:
The Iris Piano Trio, composed of pianist Jiyoung Oh, violinist Joanna Owen and cellist Lauren Latessa, is the core ensemble of Iris Music Project, representing the organization on stages across the Mid-Atlantic. As individuals, they are talented musicians, holding advanced degrees from Indiana University, Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. They perform at the Bender JCC, the Charles E. Smith Life Communities, as well as at other venues, bringing joy to the community with their music.

Frieda Enoch:
Frieda Enoch is the Director of Bender JCC’s Coming of Age (COA) – Adult Engagement Program. Both of Frieda’s parents were survivors of the Holocaust and Yiddish was the primary language spoken at home when she was growing up. She sings today in honor of her parents’ legacy. She is on a mission to keep this beautiful language and musical tradition alive!

Choose from two performances:

We Remember @ The Bender JCC
Monday, May 6 | 7:00 PM | $15
Kreeger Auditorium, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD

We Remember @ Leisure World
Thursday, May 9 | 2:00 PM | $15
Clubhouse I Ballroom, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301.348-3832, or email

All Bender JCC programs are open to everyone. Contact Kate Falls, Director of Inclusion, at or 301.348.3767 to discuss support and accommodations.

Oldies, but Goodies, featuring the Daryl Davis Trio

$32 | Bender JCC Social Hall
The food. The ambiance. The camaraderie. The MUSIC!

Join us for Boogie Woogie, Blues, and other classic tunes. The joint will be jumpin’ with the Daryl Davis Trio.

Chicago native, Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He is an international recording artist who has toured all 50 States and around the world. Davis has received rave reviews for his music, as well as winning several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories. In addition to being a vocalist, guitarist, and composer, Daryl is a keyboardist extraordinaire. He has performed with such iconic artists as Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley and Percy Sledge, to name a few.

But first, let’s eat:
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine precede the concert.

For more information, call or email:
301.348.3832 |