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Acclaimed Violinist Rachel Barton Pine to Perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Acclaimed Violinist Rachel Barton Pine to Perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Hagerstown, MD-The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze will kick off the 2008-2009 MasterWorks Series with the return of one of the most compelling violinists of her generation, Rachel Barton Pine. She will be performing Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77. Barton Pine previously played with the MSO during the 2005-2006 Season.
The MasterWorks I concert, "Masters of Melody," will take place Saturday, October 18 at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 19 at 3:00pm at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The MSO will also perform Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.
Pine, who made her professional debut at the age of seven, has received worldwide acclaim for her virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances. She has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Montreal, Atlanta and Baltimore Symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia and Louisville Orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand and Budapest Symphonies; Mozarteum, Scottish and Israel Chamber Orchestras and Belgian National Orchestra.
Highlights of her 2008-2009 season include her London debut with the Royal Philharmonic, appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Iceland Symphony in Reykjavik, and U.S. performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Springs and Dayton Philharmonics.
Pine holds prizes from several of the world's leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She was the first American and youngest person ever to win this honor. For more information on Rachel Barton Pine, please visit her website at
Program notes and audio clips of the musical selections being performed are available at by clicking on the Audio Program Notes on the performance page.
Tickets, starting at $22, may be purchased online or by calling 301-797-4000. Student rush tickets (no reservations accepted) are also available at the box office 90 minutes before each performance for $5.00. Seat selection will be at the discretion of box office personnel.
Full season subscriptions for the MasterWorks Series are still available at the MSO office at 30 W. Washington Street or by calling 301-797-4000. Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as preferred seating, free ticket replacement and flexible ticket exchanges, while receiving significant savings off of regular single ticket prices.
"Masters of Melody" Silver Barton sponsors are R. Bruce Carson Jewelers, Dr. & Mrs. Robert K. Hobbs and Mr. & Mrs. John Treadway. Conductor's Circle Sponsors are April L. Dowler and John League; Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Ernst, II; Mr. & Mrs. Howard S. Kaylor; Larry E. Longanecker; Cinda & Spence Perry; and Drs. Newby, Dempsher, Mire & O'Donoghue.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is the area's premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.

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