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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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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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Rachel Barton Pine
Violin
Sunday, September 17th
Lise De La Salle
Piano
Sunday, November 12th
Tempest Trio & Daniel Getz
Piano Trio + Viola
Sunday, December 3rd
Gryphon Trio
Piano Trio
Sunday, March 11th
Escher Quartet
String Quartet
Sunday, April 15th
Shanghai Quartet &
Alexander Fiterstein
String Quartet + Clarinet
Sunday, May 6th

Rachel Barton Pine
Violin

Sunday, September 17th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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“prodigious talent…few can play as beautifully as Barton” (Chicago Tribune)

In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

Evening Program
SAINT GEORGES Sonata in A Major
BEETHOVEN Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
BRAHMS Sonata in D. Minor, Op. 108
STILL Suite for Violin and Piano
Rachel Barton Pine in Concert

Lise De La Salle
Piano

Sunday, November 12th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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“…a talent in a million” (Gramophone)

In just a few years, through her international concert appearances and her award-winning recordings, Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today’s most exciting young artists, and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

Evening Program
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
BEETHOVEN Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
DEBUSSY Selected Preludes
BACH/BUSONI Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor
Lise De La Salle in Concert

Tempest Trio & Daniel Getz
Piano Trio + Viola

Sunday, December 3rd
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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“breathtaking — an exciting blend of experience and youthful energy” (Evanston-Review.com)

Combining technical mastery, expressive depth and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the Tempest Trio has a successful solo career; together, they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit.

They will be joined by violist Daniel Getz, a member of the Grammy Award-Winning Boston Symphony Orchestra and former music student of the Bender JCC.

Evening Program
BERNSTEIN Piano Trio
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49
SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47
Tempest Trio in Concert

Gryphon Trio
Piano Trio

Sunday, March 11th
7:30 PM

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

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2017-2018 Season

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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