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Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

The Bender JCC presents its 46th season of rising stars and renowned artists in the 2017-2018 concert series that will delight and inspire. Join us for glorious chamber music favorites by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and more. Musicians perform in the Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium.

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Gryphon Trio
Piano Trio
Sunday, March 11th
Escher Quartet
String Quartet
Sunday, April 15th
Shanghai Quartet &
Alexander Fiterstein
String Quartet + Clarinet
Sunday, May 6th

Gryphon Trio
Piano Trio

Sunday, March 11th
7:30 PM

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Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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“music-making at its most communicative” (Toronto Star)

Now in its 23rd year, Canada’s Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

Evening Program
HAYDN Piano Trio in G Minor, Hob XV:19
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
Gryphon Trio in Concert

Escher Quartet
String Quartet

Sunday, April 15th
7:30 PM

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“they hold the listener spellbound from first to last” (BBC Music Magazine)

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its home town of New York. The Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay.

Evening Program
BORODIN Quartet No. 2 in D Major
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117
SCHUBERT Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”
Escher Quartet in Concert

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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“a wonderfully ferocious and illuminating performance” (The Washington Post)

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. The New York Times described their sound as “beautiful liquid clarity.”

They will be joined by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, recipient of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Young Concert Artists International winner.

Evening Program
HAYDN Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
Shanghai Quartet in Concert