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Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

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“layers upon layers of passionate energy…the collaboration (is) a match like no other” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Formed in 1981, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and Grammy-award nominee, Joyce Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians. Together they continue their ongoing partnership with a program of piano quintets—two romantic favorites coupled with a brand new work by Samuel Adams.

Evening Program
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44
S. ADAMS Quintet with Pillars (East Coast Premiere)
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Strings Sessions: Alexander String Quartet Performs Mozart and Brahms

PARKER QUARTET & DANIEL GETZ

Sunday, September 11th
7:00 PM

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Polinger Artist of Excellence Concert Series 2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 50 Years!
PARKER QUARTET & DANIEL GETZ – String Quartet + Viola | Sunday, September 11, 2022 | 7:00 PM

  • BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
  • BARTÓK Quartet No. 5
  • BRAHMS Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88

“Intense, virtuosic, utterly assured” – The Boston Globe

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 Daniel Getz, Boston Symphony Orchestra violist and former Bender JCC School of Music student, to perform the wonderful Brahms String Quintet in F Major.

If you missed your chance to become a season subscriber and save…it’s not too late – we will honor series pricing through September 9, 2022.

  • Season Tickets ($250 for all six concerts – until 9/9/22) – must be purchased through Marcie Blackman
  • Single concert tickets – $50 – purchase through the link online

Marcie Blackman: (301) 348-3808 or mblackman@benderjccgw.org


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

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

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

Polinger Artist of Excellence Concert Series 2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 50 Years!
ARNAUD SUSSMANN & ANNA POLONSKY -Violin + Piano | Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 7:00 PM

  • MOZART Sonata No. 32 in B-Flat Major, K. 454
  • DVOŘÁK Sonata in F Major, Op. 57
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, Kreutzer

“..a touchstone for greatness” – The Huffington Post

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. He will be joined by pianist Anna Polonsky, recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and in great demand as a chamber musician.

For more information contact Marcie Blackman – mblackman@benderjccgw.org or (301) 348-3808

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

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

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Season Opening

Sunday, October 16th
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

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Mount Vernon Virtuosi Season Opening Concert

Sunday, October 16 | 11:00 AM -12:00 PM | Free | Family Concert | Free admission (donations gladly accepted at the door)

  • Introduce the youngsters in your life to the magic of classical music with entertaining, educational concerts that engage and inspire. Learn about orchestral instruments and composers while enjoying a fun afternoon of music. Suitable for kids 8 years and under, and all family members are welcome!

Sunday, October 16 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Adult Concert | Free admission (donations gladly accepted at the door)

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Season Opening Concert
Amit Peled, Conductor

Join us for the Season Opening Concert presentation as Amit and the Virtuosi present:

  • JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony no. 27 in G Major (ca. 1760)
  • ANTON WEBERN Langsamer Satz (1905)
  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony no. 29 in A Major, KV 201 (1774)

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 Bender JCC, including the Family Concerts, are presented free of charge.

This season we will be offering 3 different concerts for your enjoyment.

Polinger Artist of Excellence Concert Series 2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 50 Years!
ZLATOMIR FUNG & JANICE CARISSA – Cello + Piano | Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 7:00 PM

  • IVES Selections from 114 Songs, arr. for cello and piano
  • DVOŘÁK Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
  • WALKER Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • BRAHMS Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

“one of those rare musicians with a Midas touch” – Bach Track

The first American in four decades and the youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, 23-year-old Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. He will be joined by pianist Janice Carissa, a Gilmore Young Artist winner.

For more information contact Marcie Blackman – mblackman@benderjccgw.org or (301) 348-3808

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

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

Around the World with Six Cellos

Sunday, December 11th
4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Amit Peled and the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Cello Gang
“Around the World with Six Cellos”
Program TBD

Sunday, December 11 | 4:00-5:00 pm | Free

This unique ensemble has performed recently for the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, as a resident ensemble in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and all across Maryland, the gang’s home state.

Free admission (donations gladly accepted at the door)


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 Bender JCC, including the Family Concerts, are presented free of charge.

This season we will be offering 3 different concerts for your enjoyment.

Special Event @ the Bender JCC: Six13 Live in Concert!Wednesday, December 21 | 7:00 PM | $36Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger Auditorium| 6125 Montrose Rd. Rockville, MD 20852

Join Coming of Age and Arts & Adults in lighting the menorah and celebrating the 4th night of Chanukah with music starring NY-based a cappella group Six13!

Six13 is a groundbreaking, six-man a Cappella vocal band that is bringing an unprecedented style and energy to Jewish music, with nothing but the power of the human voice. The New York City-based group is an international phenomenon both online, where their videos have been viewed over 20 million times, and in traditional media, having been featured in national television and press like The Today Show, The View, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Time Magazine and more. They performed at the White House for a private audience of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and three Supreme Court justices (including RBG Z”L), and both Billy Joel and Bruno Mars liked Six13’s Passover adaptations of their songs enough to post them on their own Facebook pages.

Don’t wait, get your tickets today!**The Bender JCC requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all in-person programs**Questions? Contact us at 301-348-3832


 

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Music Showcase

Sunday, February 19th
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

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

Sunday, February 19, 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. Learn about orchestral instruments and composers while enjoying a fun afternoon of music. Suitable for kids 8 years and under, and all family members are welcome!
Free admission (donations gladly accepted at the door)

Adult Concert | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Free

Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Music Showcase
Featuring Special Guest Marina Piccinini (flute), Amit Peled (cello), and MVV alumni Marina Piccinini, flute Nikita Borisevich, violin Viola (to be announced) Amit Peled, cello

  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola (1783)
  • ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello (1914)
  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Flute Quartet in D Major (1777)

Free admission (donations gladly accepted at the door)

ORION WEISS- Piano

Sunday, March 12th
7:00 PM

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Polinger Artist of Excellence Concert Series 2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 50 Years!
ORION WEISS- Piano | Sunday, March 12, 2023 | 7:00 PM

  • RACHMANINOFF Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
  • BRAHMS Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
  • GRIEG Ballade in G Minor, Op. 24
  • BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

“brilliant pianist” – The New York Times

Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians in his generation. Recipient of a Gilmore Young Artist Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, among other prizes, his deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

For more information contact Marcie Blackman – mblackman@benderjccgw.org or (301) 348-3808

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

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

Polinger Artist of Excellence Concert Series 2022-2023 Season – Celebrating 50 Years!
AROD QUARTET – String Quartet | April 23, 2023 | 7:00 PM

  • HAYDN Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5, Sun
  • MENDELSSOHN Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
  • SCHUBERT Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, Death and the Maiden

“an ensemble worth fighting to hear” – The Strad

The French ensemble, Quatuora Arod, skyrocketed to international attention when they won the coveted First Prize at the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and went on to serve as a BBC New Generation Artist from 2017-2019. Since then, they have firmly established themselves in performance and on recording at the forefront of the younger generation of string quartets by dazzling audiences around the globe.

For more information contact Marcie Blackman – mblackman@benderjccgw.org or (301) 348-3808

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

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