Pine, whose instrument is a 1742 Joseph Guarneri del Gesu known as the "ex-Soldat," makes her Wolf Trap debut Friday in a program stretching from 1838 to the present in works by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Villa-Lobos and contemporary composer Mohammed Fairouz.
"I was looking for an Arabic composer when I found Mohammed," she said. "There is a very strong violin tradition in the Arabic world, so after his publisher introduced us, he decided that an unaccompanied violin piece was the way to go.
|Violinist Rachel Barton Pine|
|Where: The Barns at Wolf Trap|
|When: 8 p.m. Friday|
|Info: $36; 877-965-3872; wolftrap.org|
"The first movement of the Sonata for Solo Violin he composed for me is in the vocal style he heard as a youngster. It's followed by a wild, virtuosic and Arabic second movement, then a third movement written at the time of the Egyptian uprising in the form of a lament. New York, where he now lives, comes to life in the fourth movement that's steeped in cabaret style. He dedicated the fifth and last slow movement in the style of a lullaby to my daughter. I'm pleased that his sonata and the program itself come in a variety of styles. It's important to share the familiar with the new, like having a good meal with many contrasting flavors."
Following her Wolf Trap concert, Pine will perform at the Castleton Festival, and she hopes there also will be an opportunity to present master classes at local Virginia schools.
"I always offer wherever I perform and have played in some unusual places," she said. "Before I performed with the Tallahassee Symphony on St. Patrick's Day, they sent me to a bar and lots of people we met there came to our concert. In Gainesvile, I played in a hospital, and in Poland I played in a prison. Wherever I perform, it's always rewarding."