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Brian Ganz Presents: CHOPIN: BREAKING THE RULES with “Musical Gardening”

Preview Concert

Saturday, February 5 l 3:00 pm l Free l Kreeger Auditorium

The Bender JCC is thrilled to welcome back acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz for a preview of his 11th recital in his quest to perform the complete works of Frédéric Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore. The preview will feature an abridged version of his February 26 Strathmore program, entitled “Chopin: Breaking the Rules.”

Ganz will play excerpts from the program and discuss and demonstrate his signature “Musical Gardening” metaphor, in which he shows how early works of Chopin contain the seeds of his genius, which comes to full bloom in mature examples of the same genres. He will explore iconic Chopin genres such as waltzes, polonaises, and nocturnes, including such perennial favorites as the Nocturne in C-sharp minor and the “Heroic” Polonaise. He will also answer questions from the audience and take Chopin requests.

Please note: Seating for this performance is unreserved. Masks must be worn at all times when in the Bender JCC building. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend.

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Presents: “Romance In The Air”

Sunday, February 13th
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Free RSVP

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Presents: “Romance In The Air”

Sunday, February 13, 2022 (11:00 and 2:00)

Family Concert – Sunday, February 13 l 11:00 AM -12:00 PM l 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.

General Public Sunday – February 13, 2022 l 2:00 -3:00 PM l Free

About the Event

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is featured in this program that includes composers von Weber, Strauss, and the youngest recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Music, Caroline Shaw

Excerpts from:

  • CAROLINE SHAW Entr’acte
  • CARL MARIA VON WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 34 (arr. for clarinet and strings)
  • Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
  • RICHARD STRAUSS Metamorphosen

Reception following – families are invited to join us for light refreshments and meet the musicians!

In keeping with our mission, all concerts are free-of-charge. We appreciate your contributions which can be made at the door.

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 Click Here


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES – WELCOME BACK! -SPRING 2022

We’ve missed you and we’re thrilled to bring glorious live chamber music back to the intimate Kreeger Theater at the Bender JCC. Join us for an exciting abbreviated season this spring. We can’t wait!!

PAUL HUANG & HELEN HUANG – Violin & Piano l Sunday, March 27 | 7:00 PM | $45

  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
  • MENDELSSOHN Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major
  • FRANCK Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major

Violinist Paul Huang, the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, is considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, recognized for his intensely expressive music-making and effortless virtuosity. He will be joined by his frequent duo partner, pianist Helen Huang, a graduate of the Juilliard School and a member of its piano faculty, who regularly performs with distinguished orchestras and chamber musicians.

“Consistently compelling” (Washington Post)

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

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

For more information, contact Marcie Blackman at 301.348.3808 or mblackman@benderjccgw.org

 

Paul Huang website: https://www.paulhuangviolin.com/

Helen Huang website: https://www.juilliard.edu/faculty/huang-helen

Huang and Huang Youtube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKyi6VSl_S4

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


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How can I register? Tickets are available through the Bender JCC Community Hub.  If you have registered for programs or classes (Canasta, Literary Programs, Cinema J, etc.) in the past 2 years this is the same system. If you have not, you will likely need to set up a new login and password through the community hub.
  • Can I register for all 3 concerts at one time?   Simply click on enroll for each concert, then select the attendee.
  • Will there be assigned seats? Yes, there are questions included in the registration process that allow you to specify your seating preference.
  • Can I choose specific seats?   At this time we are still observing COVID safety precautions and we will be spacing out seating as necessary. Our staff will do our best to take your request/preference into consideration.
  • What if I was an AOE subscriber in the past and would like my old seats? We have limited historical information on seat assignments.  We will take this into account when assigning seats for the upcoming concerts.

 


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

Ying Quartet, l-r: David Ying (cello), Janet Ying (violin), new first violinist Robin Scott, and Phillip Ying (viola) outside Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music March 23, 2015 // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES – WELCOME BACK! -SPRING 2022

We’ve missed you and we’re thrilled to bring glorious live chamber music back to the intimate Kreeger Theater at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Join us for an exciting abbreviated season this spring. We can’t wait!!

YING QUARTET & MASUMI PER ROSTAD String Quartet + Viola l Sunday, April 24 | 7:00 PM |$45

  • HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6, “Frog”
  • DVORAK Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 51, “Slavonic”
  • MOZART String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515

“Sustained quietude, peacefulness, and serenity” (New York Times)

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music. They will be joined by violist Masumi Per Rostad for one of Mozart’s brilliant string quintets.

Concert Dedicated in Memory of Felice Kornberg

The safety of our patrons is our highest priority. Please see our latest COVID-19 policies on our website. Proof of vaccination is required to attend.  PARKING – Free parking is available in the Bender JCC parking lot.

For more information, contact Marcie Blackman at 301.348.3808 or mblackman@benderjccgw.org

Ying Quartet website: http://www.ying4.com/

Masumi website: https://masumirostad.com/

Ying Quartet Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EMhawzTic4

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


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How can I register? Tickets are available through the Bender JCC Community Hub.  If you have registered for programs or classes (Canasta, Literary Programs, Cinema J, etc.) in the past 2 years this is the same system. If you have not, you will likely need to set up a new login and password through the community hub.
  • Can I register for all 3 concerts at one time?   Simply click on enroll for each concert, then select the attendee.
  • Will there be assigned seats? Yes, there are questions included in the registration process that allow you to specify your seating preference.
  • Can I choose specific seats?   At this time we are still observing COVID safety precautions and we will be spacing out seating as necessary. Our staff will do our best to take your request/preference into consideration.
  • What if I was an AOE subscriber in the past and would like my old seats? We have limited historical information on seat assignments.  We will take this into account when assigning seats for the upcoming concerts.

 


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

Photo credit: Library of Congress

Musica Viva Kentlands Presents Leonard Bernstein Celebration

The concert is a tribute to the great American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein.BE A PART OF MUSIC HISTORYThe centerpiece of this event will be the performance of a recently discovered piece, “Music for String Quartet”, composed by Bernstein in 1936 while still a student at Harvard. Unknown for decades, it was recently found by Kentlands resident Lisa Pickett whose parents were friends and colleagues of Leonard Bernstein. The piece has only been performed publicly once at its world premiere last November at the Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts, and has never been published or recorded. It is being offered by special permission given to Musica Viva by the Bernstein family.The concert program will also include Bernstein’s rarely performed “Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano” as well as a piano quartet by Mozart and piano quintet by Schumann. Both of these pieces were among Bernstein’s favorites and he recorded each of them with the Juilliard String quartet in the 1960s.We’ve assembled musical talent commensurate with the occasion – a string quartet and pianist drawn from the Global Music Partnership. All musicians are award-winning performers and recording artists who also hold key teaching positions at leading universities and orchestras.Upon the conclusion of the concert, you are invited to join fellow supporters at a reception to enjoy refreshments and meet the performers.The concert is a tribute to the great American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein.

See what the Washington Post says about the upcoming Tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Presents: “From Heart to Heart – A Mother’s Day Celebration”

Sunday, May 8, 2022 (11:00 AM and 2:00 PM)

Family Concert – Sunday, May 8 l 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM l 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.

General Public – Sunday, May 8 l 2:00-3:00 PM l Free

About the Event

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Amit Peled. He will conduct and play his cello in this heartfelt tribute to all the special women in our lives.

Excerpts from:

  • FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL String Quartet in E-flat Major
  • EDWARD ELGAR Salut d’amour
  • Amit Peled, cello
  • ERNEST BLOCH From Jewish Life “Prayer” for Cello and Strings
  • Amit Peled, cello
  • GIACOMO PUCCINI Crisantemi

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 .


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

Bel Cantanti Opera Company

Friday, May 27th
7:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

Bel Cantanti Opera Company
“Die Shone Mullerin”

Friday, May 27 | 7:30 PMSunday, May 29 | 3 PM

At the Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville
Tickets $40

Bel Cantanti Opera presents “Die Shone Mullerin”, Franz Schubert’s “novel in songs,” tells the story of a young man’s budding love for a beautiful maid, the miller’s daughter. The courtship is depicted through an innovative production of singing and dancing (The Olney ballet), and through immersive streamed images and live illustrations surrounding the actors.

The original piano accompaniment is replaced by an orchestrated arrangement by a chamber assemble to enhance the immersive experience. Our staged performance will be sung in German with projected English supertitles. Baritone, Robert McGinness performs the cycle of twenty songs. Accompanied by the chamber ensemble with BCO Artistic Director Dr. Katerina Souvorova leading at the piano.

Nature: brook, flowers, soloists – The Olney Ballet, choreographed by Erica Molina Hudak.
Live illustrations painted by Ksenya Litvak.
Light Design – Brydon Geisler. 

Gryphon Trio – Piano Trio

Sunday, June 12th
7:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES – WELCOME BACK! -SPRING 2022

We’ve missed you and we’re thrilled to bring glorious live chamber music back to the intimate Kreeger Theater at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Join us for an exciting abbreviated season this spring. We can’t wait!!

GRYPHON TRIO – Piano Trio l Sunday, June 12 | 7:00 PM |$45

  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
  • CLARKE Piano Trio
  • BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

“Big, bold, almost orchestral performances” (Los Angeles Times)

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.

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

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

For more information, contact Marcie Blackman at 301.348.3808 or mblackman@benderjccgw.org

Gryphon Trio website: http://www.gryphontrio.com/ Gryphon Trio

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvm0K9uxDEM

 

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


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How can I register? Tickets are available through the Bender JCC Community Hub.  If you have registered for programs or classes (Canasta, Literary Programs, Cinema J, etc.) in the past 2 years this is the same system. If you have not, you will likely need to set up a new login and password through the community hub.
  • Can I register for all 3 concerts at one time?   Simply click on enroll for each concert, then select the attendee.
  • Will there be assigned seats? Yes, there are questions included in the registration process that allow you to specify your seating preference.
  • Can I choose specific seats?   At this time we are still observing COVID safety precautions and we will be spacing out seating as necessary. Our staff will do our best to take your request/preference into consideration.
  • What if I was an AOE subscriber in the past and would like my old seats? We have limited historical information on seat assignments.  We will take this into account when assigning seats for the upcoming concerts.

 


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.