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Experience Musical Excellence at the Bender JCC

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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Ariel Horowitz, Violin Recital Thursday, September 8th
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

Ariel Horowitz, Violin Recital

Thursday, September 8th
7:30 p.m.

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“sweetly lyrical” (Washington Post)

Up-and-coming violinist Ariel Horowitz, a 19 year-old DC native and currently a student of Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, will be joined by pianist Nicola Eimer and violist Lauren Siess. The program will include the DC Premiere of a new work for Violin and Viola by local composer Joel Phillip Friedman. Rescheduled from the January 2016 snowed-out concert.

BACH Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
RAVEL Sonata No. 2 in G Major
FRIEDMAN DC Premiere of new work for Violin and Viola

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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)

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Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. He has distinguished himself as a true polymath, securing a reputation as a writer, composer and uniquely insightful concert pianist. With a long-standing international following, Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument and for his original and inquisitive mind. In addition to being the first classical performing artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, a grant for individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work, he has earned a multitude of other prestigious awards.

SCHUBERT Sonata in A Minor, Op. 143, D. 784
FRANCK Prelude Choral and Fugue
HOUGH Sonata III (Trinitas)
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.

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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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“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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