Classics I: Rachel Barton Pine Defying Boundaries
Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm
Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Hope College
Borodin: Prince Igor Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No.1
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
n both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic 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, thrilling audiences worldwide 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
“Striking and charismatic…she demonstrated a bravura technique and soulful musicianship”
– The New York Times
Pine’s 2018-19 season includes concerts with the Columbus, Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Princeton, Hilton Head, Springfield, Chippewa Valley, and Illinois Symphonies; the New Mexico and Reno Philharmonics; the Heartland Festival, Philharmonia Baroque, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras; Mercury Houston, Orchestra Kentucky, and Syracuse Symphoria. Internationally, she performs with Belo Horizonte and Teatro Municipal (Sao Paolo) Orchestras, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, and the Tel Aviv Soloists.
At Festival Lanaudiere, she will perform “American Partitas” – a recital program of suites of dance movements composed for Pine by Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Billy Childs, and Daniel Bernard Roumain, paired with the Bach Partitas for solo violin. She also performs in residency at Domaine Forget.
Galvanized by the fact that young people learning classical music seldom have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers, Pine’s RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers project will supplement current instrumental training methods by publishing books of music exclusively by Black composers from around the world.
Over the last 15 years, Pine has collected more than 900 works by more than 350 Black composers from the 18th-21st Centuries, representing North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The inaugural MBC Violin Volume I to be published in October, 2018, features 23 works for violin with piano or second violin by 17 Black composers spanning from 1767 to 2014 representing the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Switzerland, France, and England.
Pine’s Blues Dialogues: Violin Works by Black Composers (Cedille Records, October 2018), features classical violin works with a very strong Blues flavor written by 20th and 21st Century composers of African descent.
Pine has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious ensembles including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Iceland, Montreal, New Zealand, San Diego, St. Louis and Vienna Symphonies; the Buffalo, Calgary, Rochester and Royal Philharmonics; the Louisville and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Royal Scottish Philharmonic, the Belgian and Russian National Orchestras; and the Israel, Mozarteum and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. She has worked with many renowned conductors including John Nelson, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Placido Domingo, and Semyon Bychkov, and collaborators including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and William Warfield.
Pine writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs. With Carl Fischer’s publication of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, Pine became the only living artist and first woman to join musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. Her work as an editor and author highlights how the quality of her scholarship and the depth of her experience continues to distinguish her interpretations. Most recent is the January 2018 J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas, edited by Pine.
Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting musicians in developing countries), and Music by Black Composers. She performs on the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona, 1742), on lifetime loan from her patron.
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We will be hosting not only the Classical Chat series at Freedom Village, but also Pre-Concert Talks! Details below:
Classical Chats at Freedom Village: These informative and fun talks are led by Johannes Müller-Stosch and take place at 3:00pm on the Thursday before each Classics concert. (Freedom Village, 6th Floor Auditorium, 145 Columbia Ave.)
Pre-Concert Talks: These talks, led by Johannes Müller-Stosch and Amanda Dykhouse, take place on the evenings of Classics I, II & III in the Jack H. Miller Center concert hall from 6:30-7:00pm.
Parking Map at the Miller Center
Holland Symphony Orchestra will reserve and monitor Lot 40 for handicapped parking. The faculty parking lots are available for parking after 5pm