Bask in Nature’s Beauty at the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s season finale with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - April, 15th 2019 @ 02:50 pm

“In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.”


Rachel Barton Pine, recognized as a Great Performer of Illinois, joins the Illinois Symphony Orchestra led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam at their season finale to perform Bruch’s tuneful Scottish Fantasy and Vaughan-Williams beautiful Lark Ascending. Audiences will experience the full forces of nature in Lili Boulanger’s impressionistic depiction Of a Spring Morning, and Respighi’s triumphant masterpiece, Pines of Rome.


Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. Both concerts will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal in Bloomington and the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield in Springfield.


Please join Music Director Ken Lam and violinist Rachel Barton before the concert at our Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, May 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium.


Order your tickets today for an evening of inspiring LIVE music!

Tickets are $21, $42, and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at (309) 434-2777 or in Springfield through the UIS Performing Arts Center for Sangamon Auditorium at (217) 206-6160. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or through the ticket office. Senior, group, or student priced tickets are not available online.


Nature’s Beauty is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, concert sponsors Phyllis Brissenden, Roger & Mary Hunt, and NPR Illinois, and guest artist sponsors Dr. Daniel & Debra Brownstone and Charlie and Joan Vanden Eynden.


Rachel Barton Pine, Violinist

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, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.


Pine’s 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. 


At Festival Lanaudiere, Pine will perform "American Partitas," a recital program of suites of dance movements composed for Pine by Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Billy Childs, and Daniel Bernard Roumain with the Bach Partitas that inspired them.


Galvanized by the fact that young people learning classical music seldom have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers, in October Pine’s RBP Foundation releases Music by Black Composers (MBC) Violin Volume I, the first book in its groundbreaking series of books of music exclusively by global Black classical composers which cover each orchestral instrument. Her October album Blues Dialogues: Violin Works by Black Composers (Cedille) also features classical music by Black composers.


Pine’s past chart-topping albums include Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner conducting; Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach; Bel Canto Paganini, and Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony, Maestro Andrew Litton conducting.


Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg.


She performs on the “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742).


The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO), led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 30,000 community members with a budget of approximately $1.3 million. The ISO celebrates its 26th season of exciting performances with concerts in both Springfield and Bloomington/Normal including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, pops concerts and Concerts for Kids.


The ISO’s commitment to the community is highlighted through its award-winning Music Matters! in-school programs for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade; engaging Concerts for Kids, a favorite of students teachers and parents; and the Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series. Through these programs the ISO brings diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


The ISO, founded in 1993, is the consolidation of two well-established organizations: the Springfield Symphony and the Bloomington Normal Symphony. The ISO has won numerous awards including the Illinois Council of Orchestras' awards for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming, Community Service, and Community Event of the Year, all in recognition of its service and commitment to the citizens of Illinois. The ISO has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler and has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Millennium Park in Chicago and the Illinois State Fair.


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The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.