Prairie Performances

Violin Concerto

woman playing the violin

By Tore Sætre - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9 world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

"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, (former) 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."


Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Michael Luxner, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

Sibelius | Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39
Beethoven | Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

encore: Paganini | Caprice # 13