Owensboro High School to Host Symphony Guest Artist

OWENSBORO – The Owensboro High School Fine Arts Department in partnership with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra will host violinist Rachel Barton Pine for a master class on Friday afternoon, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Owensboro High School Auditorium located at 1800 Frederica Street, Owensboro. Pine will be the featured guest artist for the Symphony’s fifty-second season Opening Night concert to take place on Saturday evening, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall.

More than 100 Owensboro High School music students will get a rare opportunity to see a world-renowned violinist work with twelve of their peers in preparing a chamber music piece for performance. Ms. Pine will listen to the students and critique their work.  In addition, she will share her personal story about growing up in Chicago and her early childhood experiences of performing with the Chicago Symphony.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase our Opening Night guest artist at Owensboro High School. Rachel will truly inspire the students with her story,” said Troy Quinn, Music Director and Conductor of the Owensboro Symphony. “In addition to having her in their school, each student who attends the master class will be given the opportunity to attend our Opening Night concert. Through our Symphony Safari Tickets for Students program, we are able to make concert tickets available at no-cost to every student in attendance.” Symphony Safari  tickets are generously underwritten by the Lester E. Yeager Charitable Trust.



Barton Pine first performed with the Owensboro Symphony in February of 1996. That same season Barton Pine was busy off the stage as a torchbearer in the Olympic torch relay through Chicago. Following the relay she was invited to perform the National Anthem at the Democratic Convention. Pine tours worldwide as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, has an active recording career, and has run The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation since 2001 which provides services and funding to promote classical music education and performances.

Pine was born in Chicago, and began playing the violin at age 3 after being inspired by the example of older girls playing at her church. She debuted with the Chicago String Ensemble at age 7, and with the Chicago Symphony at age 10. Her passion for violin compelled her to practice 4 or 5 hours a day as a second grader, prompting her elementary school principal to encourage her parents to begin home schooling, which allowed her to focus on her music, practicing 8 hours a day. At age 14, she began taking paid gigs playing at weddings and in orchestras, which allowed her to contribute significantly to her family’s income as they experienced financial difficulties. Explaining how she managed, she says, “I put on a lot of makeup and pretended I was older than I was.”

She attained notable success in a number of violin competitions, including winning the 1992 Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She also earned 2nd prizes in the József Szigeti Violin Competition (1992) and the International Fritz Kreisler Competition (1992), as well as awards from the Montreal International Musical Competition (1991), the Paganini Competition (1993), and the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1993).

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, PBS Newshour, 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, as well as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

For additional information about Rachel Barton Pine:  http://rachelbartonpine.com/