Saturday, December 10, 7:00 PM, La Salle-Peru Auditorium

Sibelius Karelia Suite

Elgar Violin Concerto

Rachel Barton Pine, violin

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In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.”

– The Washington Post

Pine’s 2015-2016 season includes performances of concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Fairouz, Mozart, Sibelius and Vivaldi, with orchestras including the Santa Rosa Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Flagstaff, Windsor, and Gainesville Symphony Orchestras. She will continue her recital tour of the six Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin in Gainesville, FL and Washington, D.C.

In March, 2016 Avie Records will release Pine’s performance of J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin, recorded in the same church in which she first heard the music of Bach live and first experienced and fell in love with the violin at age three. Pine recently celebrated the release of Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos with conductor Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The recording also contains Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, recorded with violist Matthew Lipman. The release marks Pine’s debut on Avie Records and features her own cadenzas. In September 2015, Cedille Records releases her recording of Vivaldi: The Complete Viola D’Amore Concertos with Ars Antigua.

This season Pine will be featured on four recordings.  In fall 2012, her period instrument group Trio Settecento releases An English Fancy on Cedille Records, the fourth and final CD in a series of albums illustrating the character and complexion of Baroque Era music as it developed in various regions of Europe.  She performs Mohammed Fairouz’s Sonata for solo violin (written for Pine) on a March 2013 Naxos recording featuring the composer’s works. In April 2013, Cedille Records will release Violin Lullabies with pianist Matthew Hagle. This unique collection includes original lullabies for violin and piano by composers Amy Beach, Faure, Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Ysaye alongside transcriptions of favorites by Brahms, Gershwin, Schubert and more. She also plays with pianist George Francois on an album of works by renowned Ghanian composer J.H. Kwabena Nketia.

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