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Experience Musical Excellence at the JCCGW

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

The JCCGW 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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Claremont Trio, Piano Trio Sunday, May 1st
Stephen Hough, Piano Sunday, September 25th
Pacifica Quartet, String Quartet Sunday, November 13th
Benjamin Beilman & Haochen Zhang, Violin + Piano Sunday, December 11th
Duo Parnas, Violin + Cello Sunday, March 5th
Alon Goldstein & Fine Arts Quartet Sunday, April 2nd
Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley, Cello + Piano Sunday, May 7th

Claremont Trio, Piano Trio

Sunday, May 1st
7:30 p.m.

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“one of America’s finest young chamber groups” (Strad Magazine)

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The first winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremont Trio is sought after for their thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances.

HAYDN Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
DVORAK Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, “Dumky”
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 99

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Stephen Hough, Piano

Sunday, September 25th
7:30 p.m.

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“The most perfect piano playing conceivable” (The Guardian)

Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards, including the first classical performing artist to receive a MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship, and a long-standing international following.

SCHUBERT Sonata in A Minor, Op. 143, D. 784
FRANCK Prelude Choral and Fugue
LISZT Valses Oubliées No. 1 and No. 2
LISZT Transcendental Etudes No. 10 and No. 11

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Pacifica Quartet, String Quartet

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

“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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Benjamin Beilman & Haochen Zhang, Violin + Piano

Sunday, December 11th
7:30 p.m.

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series

“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.

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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Alon Goldstein & Fine Arts Quartet

Sunday, April 2nd
7:30 p.m.

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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 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 explore and rethink their approach to Beethoven’s music.

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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