Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Overture to The Magic Flute
BARBER: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Overture to The Bartered Bride
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
CUSO is thrilled to welcome one of the great violinists of our time, Rachel Barton Pine. Rachel’s gifts will be on full display in the sumptuous and virtuosic Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber. Sparkling overtures by Mozart and Smetana, along with Dvořák’s soulful and charming Symphony No. 8, will complete this evening of magical delights.
My Musical Life Partner
By Rachel Barton Pine
The violin I use for most of my concerts is known as the “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat.” It was made in Cremona in 1742 by Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu.” Guarneri and Stradivari are considered to be the two greatest violin makers of all time. Del Gesu violins have been the preferred instruments of many famous violinists including Paganini, Ysaÿe, Kreisler, Heifetz, Stern, and Zukerman. Once I played this 1742 Del Gesu, I couldn’t imagine ever playing another violin. It was like finding a soul mate. Luckily for me, the owner graciously decided to let me keep it on lifetime loan, for which I am forever grateful.
It’s been especially touching to play Brahms’ Lullaby for my daughter on this instrument. My mother sang the lullaby to me as a baby, as did her mother before her. I love the fact that I get to play the piece on a violin that Brahms actually knew. When you think about it, Brahms frequently played chamber music with Marie Soldat which means that this violin actually got to “jam” with Brahms!
Needless to say, it’s a great privilege and true honor to have such a magnificent instrument as my musical partner, and it’s a great joy to share its voice with you.