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Strings Magazine Features the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers Inititiative

November 5, 2018

“Under the banner ‘Music by Black Composers,’ Pine plans to highlight more than three centuries of music by composers of African descent that has been largely forgotten or sidelined from modern concert stages.”

Rachel goes in depth about Music by Black Composers and also Blues Dialogues in a four page feature in Strings November feature.

Read the feature here (.pdf).

Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle Appear on Performance Today – with a Very Special Guest

October 18, 2018

Rachel and Matthew Hagle were delighted to return to Performance Today to play music from their new album Blues Dialogues on Cedille Records.

Then Rachel and her six-year-old daughter, Sylvia, performed a selection from “Balada” by Francesca “Chiquinha” Gonzaga featured in The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers Violin Volume I sheet music book. It was Sylvia’s radio debut!

Pine also spoke with Fred about The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers, featuring 40 prominent Black composers throughout history, drawn by Sho-mei Pelletier.

Print-at-home pages are available here.

The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Music by Black Composers sheet music book Violin Volume I features 22 works for violin and piano or violin duet by 17 Black composers spanning from 1767 to 2014 representing the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Switzerland, France, and England. Violin Volume I is the equivalent skill set of a Suzuki book one or two.

The full series will enable everyone from beginners through Mendelssohn-Concerto level to include works by Black composers in their studies. Additional orchestral instruments will be covered in future volumes.

Performance Today, is the most listened-to daily classical music radio program in the United States, with 1.2 million listeners on 237 stations.

Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour Play J.S. Bach’s Complete Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas on New Cedille Records Album

June 1, 2018

J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord with Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour was released May 11, 2018, on Cedille Records. Most people are aware of the six sonatas and partitas for violin alone, here Vinikour and Pine record Bach’s other “big set of six.” The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord are a cornerstone of both the violin repertoire and Bach’s keyboard literature.

Landmark Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Projects Celebrate the Discovery of More Than 350 Black Classical Composers and Their 900+ Works

February 1, 2018

Can you name three Black classical composers?  Violinist Rachel Barton Pine can name 350 who have composed more than 900 works.

This October 19, her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s “Music by Black Composers” shows the world #BlackisClassical through the release of three landmark projects:

MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a series of pedagogical books of sheet music exclusively by Black classical composers featuring 22 works for violin from 1767 to 2014. The series enables everyone from beginners through Mendelssohn-Concerto level to include works by Black composers in their studies. Additional orchestral instruments will be covered in future volumes.  

Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos on Avie Records

January 4, 2018

Just released January 5, 2018 is Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos on Avie Records featuring Rachel with Maestro Andrew Litton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to the memory of Sir Neville Marriner who was originally scheduled to record it with Rachel.

Rachel Barton Pine talks about Mozart

March 3, 2017

Virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform Mozart’s “Turkish Violin Concerto No. 5” with the Pasadena Symphony on March 18. She answers questions about the piece.

Click here to read the entire review in the Pasadena Star News.

Guest violinist joins MSO to perform Shostakovich’s mournful strains

November 13, 2016

Herald Mail Media

Taking the stage in a sparkling, long, flowing gold dress, Rachel Barton Pine brought a different feel to The Maryland Theatre on Sunday.

Pine, a world-renowned violinist who was performing with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was exposing the crowd to Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian-born, 20th-century composer and pianist who led a difficult life under the Soviet government and was accused of writing inappropriate music.

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Daily Contests Begin July 5 to Celebrate Rachel’s Upcoming Millennium Park Appearance

July 4, 2016

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Rachel will be returning to Millennium Park to perform Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Michal Nesterowicz. Lawn seating is free. Pavilion seats start at $25.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Rachel Barton Pine and Bach

April 28, 2016

Stay Thirsty Magazine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Rachel Barton Pine and Bach
by Rachel Barton Pine

St. Pauls UCC: My Sacred Space for Bach

“You must practice Bach. It is the music of Gott!” Thus, I was regularly instructed by the elderly German ladies at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago, the church in which I was raised, during my earliest years as a violinist.

I was fortunate to grow up at St. Pauls, a church with a deep dedication to music. The church has been a spiritual home to opera singers and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Oratorios, cantatas, and other choral works of the great classical composers are often performed as part of the service, and the music of Bach is celebrated above all others. The sanctuary itself even features a stained glass window of Bach. I have vivid memories of spending Sunday mornings surrounded by the glorious sound of Bach’s Toccatas and Fugues on the organ.

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Barton Pine foundation given Stradivarius violin

April 28, 2016

Chicago Tribune | by John von Rhein

The Chicago-based Rachel Barton Pine Foundation has acquired a historic Stradivarius violin dating from 1732.

The instrument, known to rare violin fanciers as the “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Stradivarius, was donated by its current owner, Joseph Sylvan, a violinist, pedagogue and former music professor at New Mexico State University, according to a statement by Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the foundation’s founder and president.

Click here to read the entire feature.

From poverty to prodigy: star violinist turns to other musicians in need

April 28, 2016

PBS | Interview with Jeffrey Brown

It was an unlikely setting for a classical music performance: a homeless shelter, the Community for Creative Non-Violence, in the shadow of the nation’s capital, where concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine played a special engagement for the residents.

There was music from many eras and styles. Along the way, Pine offered bits of musical history.

To Watch the Piece, please visit PBS by clicking here.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings joy to Bach’s ‘Chaconne’

April 28, 2016

The Washington Post | by Joan Reinthaler

Violinists often take on a movement or two of a Bach sonata or partita to show off their chops. Unaccompanied, the violinist is out there alone to roll out harmonies and contrapuntal textures that you’d think would be impossible with a bow on a single stringed instrument. Usually, what is most impressive about such efforts is the athleticism and agility of the violinist. Who hasn’t wondered at the technique involved in a performance of the famous “Chaconne”?

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