October 23, 2015 4:10 PM

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra as it performs the most famous violin concerto on Oct. 24 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

"The Beethoven is the quintessential violin concerto, perfectly poised, tuneful, and ranging in expression from eloquence to deep introversion to boundless joy," says Dr. Michael Luxner, music director and conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. "Rachel plays it to perfection. She is even playing her own cadenzas."

The concert also features a performance of Sibelius' "First Symphony." Dr. Luxner says, "Sibelius is one of the great masters of the symphony, and we'll open the concert with the Sibelius First, a lush late-Romantic work of power, passion, and scope."

Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert 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 has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

Pine started The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation which assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development with the University of Michigan: The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers.

Click here to read more about the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performance in an article from the Herald & Review.