Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Leads LACO Baroque Conversations, Today

Rachel Barton Pine, a consummate violinist and master of the viola d'amore, leads Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Baroque Conversations on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:30 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes Vivaldi's Concerto in D major for Viola d'amore and Orchestra and Concerto in D minor for Viola d'amore and Orchestra, two of his eight concertos for viola d'amore. Also featured are Pisendel's Imitation des Caractères de la Danse and Locatelli's Concerto No. 12 in D major, from L'Arte del Violino, "The Harmonic Labyrinth."

Pine, hailed by the Washington Post as "an exciting, boundary-defying performer who displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon," is celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works. She is an avid performer of Baroque, Renaissance and medieval music on Baroque violin, viola d'amore, Renaissance violin and rebec.

The Chicago Tribune praised her "deft, stylish playing," adding "In everything, the spirit and sensitivity of Pine's playing were informed by her mastery of the instrument's intricate technical demands." Hailed by the Washington Post as "an exciting, boundary-defying performer who displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon," Pine is celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works. Her prolific discography of 30 albums reflects her passion for the classical warhorses, as well as her interest in promoting contemporary composers and exploring historic music that has been neglected.

Pine will perform on her original-condition, 1774 Nicola Gagliano 12-string viola d'amore. The top of the instrument was made from the very same tree as the top of her original-condition 1770 Nicola Gagliano violin. Viola d'amore is an instrument of the violin family with 14 strings: seven played with the bow, and the others resonating passively for a silvery tone.

According to Pine, she is dedicating her performance to the memory of legendary conductor Sir Neville Marriner, the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In August 2016, Pine spent time with Marriner to discuss their scheduled January 2017 recording of the Elgar and Bruch violin concertos with the BBC Symphony. The album will now be released as a tribute to late conductor in January 2018 on Avie with Andrew Litton conducting. Pine and Marriner previously collaborated on Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which charted at number three on the Billboard classical charts in 2015.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed "America's finest chamber orchestra" by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world's top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as "visionary" and a conductor with "effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts." Under Kahane's leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

Tickets, starting at $58, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 "Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass" - good for all eight of LACO's Orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.


EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Rachel Barton Pine, leader, violin, viola d'amore

WHEN:
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

WHERE:
Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROGRAM:
VIVALDI Concerto in D major for Viola d'amore and Orchestra, RV 392
PISENDEL Imitation des Caractères de la Danse
VIVALDI Concerto in D minor for Viola d'amore and Orchestra, RV 395
LOCATELLI Concerto No. 12 in D major, from L'Arte del Violino, Op. 3, "The Harmonic Labyrinth"


TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $58. For information about Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 2016-17 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.


PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE



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