Metal fanatic Pine performs Barber with Stockton Symphony

Posted on: October 21, 2009

In Thursday’s (10/15) Record (Stockton, California), Glenn Pillsbury writes “Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays concertos with orchestras around the world, performs on baroque violin with an early music ensemble and has created more than a dozen recording projects ranging from tributes to underappreciated violinists such as Maud Powell and black composers of the 18th and 19th centuries to Scottish folk music and the world premiere of a 200-year-old violin concerto. But to her, the breadth of her work is far from unusual. Pine might concede that rehearsals and gigs with her heavy-metal band are a bit unusual for a violinist. Apparently though, they’re still not enough to label her interests eclectic. … Pine, who began playing violin at age 3 and debuted in front of her hometown Chicago Symphony at age 10, might not accept ‘eclectic’ as a description, but ‘busy’ is one she’s comfortable with, especially since her long-time love of heavy metal has turned into membership in a band called Earthen Grave. … Audiences will get a chance to hear Pine perform Barber’s Violin Concerto this weekend in concerts with the Stockton Symphony. The program also features Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite’ and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major.”

Posted October 21, 2009