Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley will be performing as the guest artist during the 2015 Hillel of Northern Nevada Fundraiser on Sept. 20 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The fundraiser will begin with a wine and cheese reception beginning at 5 p.m. with a concert at 5:30 p.m. and will take place in the Atlantis’ Paradise A and B ballrooms.
Bendix-Balgley will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ernest Bloch as well as Klezmer music – the musical tradition of Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. He will be accompanied by pianist James Winn.
Bendix-Balgley, 31, is first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He also served as concertmaster of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra. He has been thrilling audiences as a soloist throughout Europe and the U.S., and performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.
Bendix-Balgley grew up in California. His grandfather was a violinist and his father, a teacher and dancer of Klezmer music. His connection to great Jewish violinists, including Yehudi Menuhin, inspired him to become a Bar Mitzvah, the first in his family in two generations.
Hillel of Northern Nevada is a nonprofit organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
Individual tickets in advance can be purchased for $100 for reserved seating, $75 for open seating $75 and $25 for children and high-school students. Open-seating tickets at the door cost $85. Sponsorships also are available.
Details: HillelofNN@gmail.com or 775-530-7071.