Violin sensation Rachel Barton Pine will speak at our Cultural Center Theater at Willow Valley Communities on Friday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. Rachel will share the musical history behind pieces that she will be performing the following day in a concert with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She’ll perform excerpts and take questions from the audience during this intimate and rare opportunity with a world class musician.
Rachel, quoted below, shares her thoughts about performing with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
I am really excited to play theViolin Concerto No. 3 “Klezmer,” and I’m grateful to the Lancaster Symphony for introducing it to me. It’s the first violin concerto I have encountered that is completely Klezmer flavored. Though I am not personally of Jewish heritage, I’ve always really loved Klezmer music. Since childhood I’ve enjoyed playing classical works inspired by Klezmer, by composers like Bloch, Akron and others. And more recently I’ve had the fun opportunity to sit in with my fiddler friend Yale Strom and his Klezmer band Hot Pstromi for a few concerts around the country.
The violin is, of course, one of the primary instruments in the Klezmer genre. People may not realize that the classical violin playing you hear today owes a certain debt to Klezmer music. Many of the great Russian violinists from a couple of generations ago were steeped in that tradition. For example, David Oistrakh’s first violin teacher was not a classical player but a Klezmer player. The rich warm sound with lots of slides that we associate with the great Eastern European violinists who have influenced and inspired all the generations that followed comes directly from Klezmer-style violin playing.
I’m really look forward to my first experience performing this concerto and hope there will be many more. It’s especially nice that I get to pair it with a work I have performed numerous times, theViolin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. My recording of it, Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos, recorded with Maestro Andrew Litton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, will be released on January 5 by Avie Records. I look forward to sharing both the Chesky and the Bruch in Lancaster.
The Bruch is the shortest of the Romantic violin concertos frequently performed in concert. and it was the first major Romantic concerto I studied, learning it when I was eight years old. At age 11, I performed the last movement of the Bruch violin concerto for eight youth concerts with the Chicago Symphony. It was a really incredible experience for me as a young musician. I got to play the same piece publicly again and again and, in doing so, I found ever more layers to it. I think one of the things that distinguishes the Bruch violin concerto as a masterpiece is that it feels fresh every time you play it, because there is always more in it to discover.
I often recommend the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 as a wonderful introduction to people who are discovering classical music. I usually use Bruch’s opening as an example when discussing the differences between classical and most non-classical music. I play the soloist’s first entrance to show how classical performers can slow down or speed up the pulse of classical music, giving it an incredibly wide emotional range, versus the steady backbeat of much non-classical music. Emotionally, the rhythmic minor-key section of the first movement conveys a forceful and stern quality (“angry!” is the kids’ most frequent description) and the soloist’s first entrance in the last movement demonstrates a more positive expression (“triumphant!”). I include the entire second movement in my symphonic rock/classical outreach program because its epic sweep fits well with the drama and power familiar to and appreciated by fans of rock music. –Rachel Barton Pine
The public is invited to “Up Close with Violin Sensation Rachel Barton Pine” at our Cultural Center on January 12th, the Friday before the Lancaster Symphony concert.
Reserve your seat today: 717-291-6440 ext. 303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Up Close with Violin Sensation Rachel Barton Pine
When: Friday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Cultural Center Theater at Willow Valley Communities
Also, don’t miss Rachel’s concert performance with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s first program of 2018 on Saturday, January 13th at the Winter Center, Millersville University.