"Scottish Fantasy" masterworks concert

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jan 20, 2016

One of the world’s preeminent violinists, Rachel Barton Pine makes her Lansing Symphony debut on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and emotional honesty. She will be performing Bruch’s passionate “Scottish Fantasy,” a popular piece based on Scottish fiddle tunes, which Pine has researched herself. The evening also includes Berlioz’s lesser known work, “King Lear Overture,” and Dvorak’s powerful “Symphony No. 8.”

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop, in addition to several leading artists and contemporary composers.

A few of her many highlights include playing for the President of Ghana and the President of Singapore, as well as for the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her recording of Violin Lullabies, with pianist Matthew Hagle, debuted at number one on the Billboard classical chart. Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition.

Pine was a torchbearer in the 1996 Olympic torch relay and during that same year performed at the Democratic National Convention. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, appeared five times on NBC’s Today Show, and frequently has been a guest on nationally-syndicated radio shows including Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Recent cover stories include Strad, Strings and International Musician. Beyond the stage, Pine is involved in several projects assisting young artists, whether it’s through coaching, her foundation, or bridging the gap between different genres.

Preview Conversations occur before every MasterWorks concert at 7:15 p.m. in the Jackson National Lounge and are free for all ticket holders. WKAR’s morning classical host, Jody Knol, will be discussing the evening’s pieces as well as interview Rachel Barton Pine.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling the office at 517-487-5001. Patrons can still purchase subscriptions, of which new subscribers receive 25% off. Students also benefit from various discounts.