Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will give a solo live-streamed concert at 7 p.m. MT Sunday, Sept. 13. The concert opens the Placitas Artists Series’ 34th season. The program includes music by J.S. Bach, Mark O’Connor, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and others.

Opening the virtual event at 6:45 p.m. will be a juried art show featuring works by four New Mexico artists. Tickets for the live-streamed event are $20 and may be purchased at www.OurConcerts.live/placitas/venue.

By David Steinberg

Famed violinist Rachel Barton Pine has performed in person at venues in Placitas and in Albuquerque. But her Sunday, Sept. 13 Placitas Artists Series concert comes with a twist.

Pine opens the series’ 34th season from a distant location – her home in Chicago.

Pine’s solo performance will be live-streamed because of New Mexico’s restrictions on large gatherings.

“Perhaps what I miss more than anything is the sound of a concert hall. There’s nothing like hearing the reverberation,” she said in a phone interview. “But thanks to the high-end mikes in my apartment, the sound is very good. I’m grateful for that. … I definitely enjoy the opportunity to connect virtually (with audiences).

“We will also have of the feeling of being in the same room together in an acoustic space and not on a screen. It will allow people from a wide geographical area and those not able to go out to  the concerts” to share my music …in this new way,” Pine added.

She is presenting a varied concert program with a portion of uniquely American fiddle music. It has elements of fiddle music of West African transferred to Europe, the music of the enslaved and their enslavers, and music of the British Isles, particularly Scottish music.

The program includes J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E major, Mark O’Connor’s Caprice No.  1, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk),” a set of Noel da Costa dance tunes, Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Hip-Hop Dances and Prayers, traditional 18th century Scottish air, march, strathspey and reel, Henri Vieuxtemps’ “Souvenir d’Amérique and an arrangement of Pine’s own piece “A Day at the Ballpark.”

“I’m so excited about this program,” Pine said.

Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Vienna Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  the Royal Philharmonic and the Camerata Salzburg.

Her 2019-2020 season included a residency with the Singapore Symphony and performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Tel Aviv Soloists.

In 2018 Pine’s RBP Foundation released Music by Black Composers (MBC)  – Violin, Vol. 1, the first in a series of pedagogical music books by Black classical composers. Also published was the MBC Coloring Book of Black Composers.

Fifteen minutes before Pine’s 7 p.m. PAS concert will be a virtual juried art show featuring works by four New Mexico artists – Tony Mattson, photography; Carol Adamec, mixed medium painting; Ron Wijngaard, oil painting; and Myra Gadson, classic and contemporary jewelry. All art is available for purchase. Original music by PAS resident composer John Bullock will accompany the art show. 

The PAS 2020-21 season concerts – and the virtual art show – may be viewed at www.placitasarts.org.