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Classicism at the Crossroads


Come away to Vienna in the dawning decades of the 19th century, as late fruits of Classicism ripen alongside early blossoms of Romanticism. Violin virtuoso and impresario Franz Clement has composed a violin concerto that will inspire Beethoven to pen one of his own for Clement the next year. Young Franz Schubert is poised on the threshold of his supple mature style as Vienna verges towards full-flourishing Romanticism. Guest soloist Rachel Barton Pine was the first in the world to record the Clement Violin Concerto, and will reprise her deeply-researched performance with Philharmonia in a perfect match of historically-informed sensibilities.

MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
CLEMENT Violin Concerto in D major
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 in C major

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin


Wednesday February 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
Friday February 8, 2019 @ 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday February 9, 2019 @ 8 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday February 10, 2019 @ 4 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley

READ THE BLOG! Rachel Barton Pine’s “Musical Life Partner”

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A leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

Pine’s 2018-19 season includes concerts with the Columbus and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, and the Tel Aviv Soloists.

At Festival Lanaudiere, Pine 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 with the Bach Partitas that inspired them.

Galvanized by the fact that young people learning classical music seldom have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers, in October Pine’s RBP Foundation releases Music by Black Composers (MBC) Violin Volume I, the first book in its groundbreaking series of books of music exclusively by global Black classical composers which cover each orchestral instrument. Her October album Blues Dialogues: Violin Works by Black Composers (Cedille) also features classical music by Black composers.

Pine’s past chart-topping albums include Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner conducting; Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach; Bel Canto Paganini, and Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony, Maestro Andrew Litton conducting.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg.

She performs on the “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742).

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