It’s a new day at the J!

By Randi Benesch
Managing Director of Arts & Culture
Gordon Center for Performing Arts
JCC of Greater Baltimore

Music, dance, comedy, theater, film—there’s something for everyone, which is what you can expect to experience at the JCC this coming year. Both on our stages and in our classrooms, we invite you to become part of the conversation, celebration and participation.

The Gordon Center 2013-14 season kicks off on October 12th with 13-year old Russian Jewish musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick. The youngest musician ever to lead a world-wide solo tour, Ethan has performed with Elton John, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and many more. He will blow you away with his talent and charisma. This night also kicks off the week-long community-wide celebration of 25 years after Operation Exodus. The seventh annual Cinefest begins October 3, filled with four films from around the world, all Baltimore premieres. The film festival committee, all dedicated and passionate volunteers from our community, has selected four powerful films you won’t want to miss. Four engaging and wonderful speakers will lead discussions after each screening.

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Later in the month, we launch the first of five unique and fantastic programs for young families. In partnership with PJ Library, on Sunday, October 20, Shirlala presents a rockin’ fun time for the kids. Later in the season, the Mama Doni Band brings us a “Chanukah Fever Concert.” In January and February, kids will be amazed by the National Marionette Theater’s production of “Pinocchio” and the modern dance version of Company E’s “The Jungle Book.” In March, kids will be delighted while on a cultural journey of music presented by New York based “Ethel.” There are even discount packages available when you buy tickets to three or more shows.

David Broza, an Israeli superstar, joins us on Thursday, November 21. And American bluegrass legend, Seldom Scene, returns to the Gordon Center on November 2 followed by three laughter-filled comedy nights. Incredibly, a full month celebrating all things DANCE, featuring local, regional and national dance companies, performances, master classes, discussions and more will fill up National Dance Month in February! For all the details, visit our newly-designed website

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There is so much to see and do! If you have not already attended the monthly Open Mic night series at the Gordon, which is free to the public, and open for any and all artists to come and perform, please plan to do so on the second Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. Perform or come support local talent.

Art can connect us as a community. Children and adults alike learn self-confidence, expand their creativity and build incredible connections with their classmates in the wide variety of educational programs we offer. From storytelling workshops with the STOOP Storytelling series creators, to an intimate book talk with author Meredith Jacobs of “The Modern Mom’s Guide to Shabbat,” to ceramics classes, painting classes, dance classes and more.

There is even a brand new Performing Arts camp launching at the JCC Owings Mills campus next summer for grades one to six. Kids will have the opportunity to learn acting, improv, stage combat, dance, choreography and a whole lot more. Everything you love about JCC camps, including swimming and beautiful outdoor activities, plus high-quality performing arts skill-based workshops and performances will still be offered. Stay tuned for more details.

We hope you’ll be inspired! Join us in the celebration and the conversation. We hope you’ll come visit us soon!


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