Renowned Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Will Play With The Princeton Symphony Orchestra on November 18th

Renowned Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Will Play With The Princeton Symphony Orchestra on November 18th

On Sunday, November 18 at 4 pm, sought-after violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes the stage at Richardson Auditorium to perform Niccoló Paganini's fiendish Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rossen Milanov. Bookending the violin concerto are Leos Janácek's Sinfonietta and Igor Stravinsky's Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss. Maestro Milanov hosts Ms. Pine at a pre-concert discussion of the program at 3pm.

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, Ms. Pine transforms audiences' experiences of classical music. Her 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. She has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and Camerata Salzburg. She performs on the "ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat" Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742).

No stranger to Paganini, Ms. Pine won honors for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at the Szigeti International Violin Competition (Budapest, 1992) and the Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa, 1993). She regularly performs single-evening performances of all 24 Paganini Caprices worldwide, including appearances at the National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and at the Ravinia Festival.

Paganini's first violin concerto includes frenzied passages and a thrilling rondo, composed to showcase the dexterous artistry of the soloist. Janácek's Sinfonietta opens with a brass fanfare inspired by Czech marching bands of the composer's youth, and features movements inspired by sites near his childhood home. Bringing the concert to a close, Stravinsky's Divertimento is a suite of music from his ballet The Fairy's Kiss, dedicated by the composer to "the memory of Pyotr Tchaikovsky." The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and through the generous support of Len and Laura Berlik.

Tickets ($96, $80, $62, $35, and $28-youth) for Rachel Barton Pine Plays Paganini and other PSO Classical Series concerts are available at or by calling 609 497-0020. Pricing includes admission to the Pre-Concert Talk, held one hour prior to concert start time. Four-concert subscriptions and Saturday concert package discounts are also available.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending a live orchestral performance. The PSO receives considerable support from the Princeton community and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, regularly garnering NJSCA's highest honor. Recognition of engaging residencies and concerts has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PSO's commitment to new music has been acknowledged with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

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