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Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

The Bender JCC presents its 47th season of rising stars and renowned artists in the 2018-2019 Concert Series that will delight and inspire. Join us for magnificent chamber music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and more. Musicians perform in the Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium.

Subscriptions available for purchase, online, beginning May 7. Tickets to individual concerts will be available in mid-August.

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  • Three concert mini-series packages starting at: $84/person
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Questions about concerts at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

Shanghai Quartet &
Alexander Fiterstein
String Quartet + Clarinet
Sunday, May 6th
Roman Rabinovich, Piano Sunday, October 14th
Chee-Yun, Violin Sunday, November 4th
Pamela Frank, Violin Sunday, December 9th
Carter Brey & Benjamin Pasternack
Cello + Piano
Sunday, March 10th
Miró Quartet
String Quartet
Sunday, April 14th
Alexander Quartet & Joyce Yang
String Quartet + Piano
Sunday, May 5th
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

Roman Rabinovich, Piano

Sunday, October 14th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“performed with uncommon sensitivity and feeling” (The New York Times)

The eloquent young Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich has garnered accolades and the attention of the international piano community. He was the top prizewinner at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, selected by Sir András Schiff for his young pianists’ series, and chosen to replace the indisposed Murray Perahia in recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in such venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory.

Evening Program
BACH Partita in D Major, BWV 828
RACHMANINOFF Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16
SCHUBERT Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
Roman Rabinovich plays Rachmaninov Corelli Variations

Chee-Yun, Violin

Sunday, November 4th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“at once playful and passionate” (The Washington Post)

Since making her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist at the age of 15, the Korean-born violinist Chee-Yun has beguiled audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry. Charming, charismatic, and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music. She performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, and has toured the United States with the San Francisco Symphony and Japan with the NHK Symphony.

Evening Program
DEBUSSY Sonata in G Minor
STRAUSS Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
BEETHOVEN Sonata in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”
WIENIAWSKI Polonaise in D Major, Op. 4
Chee-Yun & Julie Coucheron – Vitali’s Chaconne

Pamela Frank, Violin

Sunday, December 9th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“even single notes don’t leave the strings without meaning.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

American violinist Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. In addition to her extensive schedule of engagements with prestigious orchestras throughout the world and her recitals on the leading concert stages, she is regularly sought after as a chamber music partner by today’s most distinguished soloists and ensembles. The breadth of this accomplishment and her consistently high level of musicianship were recognized in 1999 with the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists.

Evening Program
BACH Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016 
MOZART Sonata in A Major, K. 526
BRAHMS Sonata in G Major, Op. 78
Pam Frank & Friends

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“the tenderness he brought out (was) touching and satisfying.” (New York Classical Review)

Carter Brey has been principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic since 1996. In 1981 he was a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition, and he has appeared as a soloist with most of America’s leading orchestras. He has also performed with the Emerson and Tokyo string quartets and given recitals with celebrated pianists. Mr. Brey will be joined by pianist Benjamin Pasternack, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music who now sits on the piano faculty at Peabody Conservatory and regularly performs with distinguished symphonies and chamber musicians.

Evening Program
DEBUSSY Sonata in D Minor
BRITTEN Sonata, Op. 65
MENDELSSOHN Sonata in D Major, Op. 58
Sonata for Cello and Piano: Finale

Miró Quartet
String Quartet

Sunday, April 14th
7:30 PM

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity.” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. Each season, they perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century.

Evening Program
SCHUBERT Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 103
SCHUBERT Quartet in E-Flat Major, D. 87
SCHUBERT Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Transcendence: Schubert Quartet in G Major, D. 887: IV. Allegro assai

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, 2018-2019 Season

AOE Subscriptions Available May 7

“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 New Piano Quintet (DC Premiere)
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Strings Sessions: Alexander String Quartet Performs Mozart and Brahms