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Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

The Bender JCC presents its 45th season of rising stars and renowned artists in the 2016-2017 concert series that will delight and inspire. Join us for glorious chamber music favorites by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and more. Musicians perform in the Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium.

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The New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) Concerts

The Bender JCC is pleased to continue our partnership with the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) to present exciting chamber orchestra programs in the Kreeger Theater for the 2016-2017 season.  Founded in 2012 by rising stars of the Washington area’s professional community, NOW’s mission is to make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works.

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Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley, Cello + Piano Sunday, May 7th
Alon Goldstein Free Mini-Concert Tuesday, May 9th

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

“intimate and revelatory…uncanny and dazzling” (New York Classical Review)

*Please note that this concert begins at 7:00 PM; earlier than our other AOE concerts.

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners with his fresh perspective on both familiar repertoire and new music and in his innovative recording projects. Acclaimed for his engaging performances, pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. His repertoire spans a kaleidoscopic array of music from the pre-baroque to present-day.

Haimovitz and O’Riley will perform all five of Beethoven’s glorious cello sonatas, in a program entitled Beethoven, Period. On a fortepiano for the early sonatas and a 20th-century Steinway concert grand for the late period sonatas, Haimovitz and O’Riley will present an illuminating voyage of discovery back to the birth of the cello/piano genre.


BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op.102, No.1
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op.102, No.2

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Alon Goldstein Free Mini-Concert

Tuesday, May 9th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public!

Location: Kreeger Auditorium

Alon Goldstein in Concert…for Free!

Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Since then he has been delighting audiences worldwide. As an advocate for music education, Alon enjoys sharing this joy with music-lovers of all ages.

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