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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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Smaller is Better Sunday, October 30th
Community Klezmer Concert & Dinner Sunday, November 6th
Pacifica Quartet, String Quartet Sunday, November 13th
Benjamin Beilman & Haochen Zhang, Violin + Piano Sunday, December 11th
duo parnas, Violin + Cello Sunday, March 5th
Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks Sunday, March 19th
Alon Goldstein & Fine Arts Quartet Sunday, April 2nd
Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley, Cello + Piano Sunday, May 7th

Smaller is Better

Sunday, October 30th
3 p.m.

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With Pianist Mayumi Sakamoto

new orch wash lotoSmaller is Better, The New Orchestra of Washington’s (NOW) motto for its Season Five, is the inspiration for this program of three orchestral works in reduced instrumentation. NOW’s ensemble of soloists will enhance the intimate qualities of the works, and the virtuosity of each individual part. Japanese pianist Mayumi Sakamoto, the youngest person ever (at the age of 19) to participate in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, will solo in Grieg’s beloved piano concerto in A Minor. Ms. Sakamoto is the winner of the 2004 International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Oslo.

MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (arr. Ian Farrington)
GRIEG Piano Concerto in A Minor (arr. Mordechai Rechtman)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 (arr. Ian Farrington)

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Community Klezmer Concert & Dinner

Sunday, November 6th
6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner & concert

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What could be better than a heart-warming, toe-tapping Klezmer concert featuring Seth Kibel and his band?

Why, a delicious dinner with your Bender JCC community of course!

Join us for drinks, dinner, and a freilach (festive) evening.

Cost – $40/ticket (includes drinks, dinner, concert & coffee)

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Pacifica Quartet, String Quartet

Sunday, November 13th
7:30 p.m.

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“remarkable expressive range and tonal beauty…. their alluring sound proved breathtaking” (The New York Times)

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Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature over the past two decades as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

HAYDN Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1, Hob. III:75
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

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“poised and monstrously talented” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness” (Jerusalem Post)

Violinist Benjamin Beilman, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and First Prize winner in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, is one of his generation’s fastest rising international stars, winning praise in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone.  Since his gold medal win at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination, and spectacular virtuosity.

BEETHOVEN Sonata in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1
BARTOK Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76
SCHUBERT Fantasie in C Major, Op. 159, D. 934

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duo parnas, Violin + Cello

Sunday, March 5th
7:30 p.m.

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“a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision” (The New York Times)

duo parnas is the stunning collaboration of supremely musical sisters, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas. The duo has earned rave reviews for their exciting and technically flawless performances. They were officially recognized in Carnegie Hall with a 1st prize win at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. They have performed across the globe in music festivals, recitals, and as soloists with orchestra and have earned international acclaim for their recordings. Their profound artistry speaks of their life-long partnership and performance career.

HONEGGER Sonatine for Violin and Cello
BACH Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
YSAYE Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2
HANDEL/HALVORSEN Passacaglia in G Minor
RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello

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This program, inspired by the fantastic, is perfect for audiences of all ages. With their distinct musical colors and vivid imagination, the pieces in this concert have frequently been used to enhance movies, television shows, commercials, etc. This is music that stimulates the imagination. Bring the entire family and enjoy these timeless masterpieces in imaginative new arrangements that are tailor-made for the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW).

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite (arr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez)
DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (arr. Iain Farrington)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at Exhibition (arr. by Julian Yu)

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“pearly touch and sparkling runs”  (New York Times)

“a powerhouse of American chamber music” (Washington Post)

Alon Goldstein’s artistic vision and innovative programming have made him a favorite with audiences and critics alike. The venerable Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished and authoritative ensembles of our time, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. This program features rarely heard chamber arrangements by the 19th-century German composer and conductor Ignaz Lachner of two of Mozart’s most magnificent piano concertos. Works familiar from the concert hall will sound like they were composed for the drawing room.

MOZART Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
MOZART/LACHNER Concerto No. 20, in D Minor, K. 466
MOZART/LACHNER Concerto No. 21, in C Major, K. 467 “Elvira Madigan”

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

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. Performing 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 in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1
BEETHOVEN Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Sonata in C Major, Op.102, No.1
BEETHOVEN Sonata in D Major, Op.102, No.2

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