A Night of the Dancing Violin: Solo Violin Works Written by People of Color

Internationally recognized violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs solo violin works by composers of color and is interviewed by Dr. Quinton Morris on the radio show "Unmute The Voices" on Classical King 98.1 FM.

Rachel Barton Pine playing the violin

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 8 pm

Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University

The concert is free, and no advance registration is required.

The concert is sponsored by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts at Seattle University and produced by Quinton Morris, DMA, Associate Professor, Violin.

The Artist

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. A leading interpreter of classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her gift for emotional communication and her fascination with research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. 

This season Pine offers the world premiere of “Violin Concerto No. 2,” written for her by Billy Childs and co-commissioned by the Grant Park Music Festival, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and the Interlochen Orchestra. She’ll solo with the Chicago Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique Quebec, the Tel Aviv Soloists, the Pacific Symphony, and Vancouver (WA) Symphony. She’ll perform with Lara Downes at Ravinia, with pianist Matthew Hagle, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.

She has appeared with prestigious ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and the Vienna and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

Her past chart-topping albums include Dvořák and Khachaturian Violin Concertos (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teddy Abrams); Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner), and Bel Canto Paganini.

Pine has led the Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation which assists young artists since 2001. Over the last 20 years, the RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project has collected more than 900 works by 450+ Black composers from the 18th–21st centuries, curated free repertoire directories, and published print resources.

She performs on the 1742 “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat” Guarnerius del Gesu. rachelbartonpine.com