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Rachel Barton Pine To Perform With C-U Symphony

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with the C-U Symphony this weekend. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine is the featured soloist with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra this weekend, first for their concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night, then for a special Sunday Salon fundraising event at Urbana Country Club on Sunday.

Pine will perform the Barber violin concerto with the C-U Symphony at Saturday night’s concert, a work that she says has multiple facets that appeal to her.

“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Pine said. “It really does have that American feel of wide open spaces, sometimes soaring and pastoral.”

Pine said Sunday’s performance will include a variety of chamber music, including some selections with C-U Symphony conductor Stephen Alltop performing on piano.

“It’s going to be a really eclectic mix,” Pine said. “We’re going to play a couple of works for violin and piano, because of course your conductor is also a wonderful keyboardist.”

Sunday’s performance is the CUSO 60th Anniversary Benefit Celebration at Urbana Country Club. Tickets for that event are $75 each and are available by calling the C-U Symphony at 217-351-9139. Tickets for Saturday night’s concert are available through Krannert Center.