By Cristi McKee | Photo: Rachel Barton Pine
This Friday, February 21, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., world-renowned violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, will be performing here in Tallahassee at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral. Hosted by Tallahassee’s own Javacya Arts Conservatory, the concert will feature Pine’s favorite classical, sacred, and contemporary works. She will be accompanied by the Javacya Elite Chamber Orchestra, which is led by Mr. Ralph Jean-Paul, conductor, and Dr. Julian White, guest conductor-in-residence. As part of Javacya’s Arts-in-the-Heart concert series, this concert will also feature Florida A&M University choral singers and the St. Peter’s Cathedral Choir.
The Javacya Arts Conservatory, founded in 1980 by Mrs. Patrice Floyd, is dedicated to diversity in the arts. St. Peter’s serves as a practice venue for the conservatory, and oftentimes hosts their concerts throughout the year. “We’ve even been blessed to have Javacya occasionally be with us in our worship services, from playing on a Sunday morning to joining us for an All Saints’ Evensong,” says Jeremy Redmond, the Assistant Director of Music at St. Peter’s. Both Javacya and St. Peter’s are extremely excited to host Pine for the Arts-in-the-Heart spring concert this Friday.
Pine has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and Camerata Salzburg, among many others. A recording artist, educator, and philanthropist, in addition to her status as a world-class violinist, Pine had a two-week residency with the Singapore Symphony, performances with the Royal Scottish National and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Madison Symphony, and the Tel Aviv Soloists, just in her 2019-2020 season. She has released 38 albums, and her recordings include a number of renowned ensembles she has performed with, such as Brahms & Joachim Violin Concertos and Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos .
However, what is “more important than her resumé” is her current pursuits: highlighting “music by Black Composers,” Redmond says. In a “perpetually fragmented society, divided, among others, along political, cultural, religious, and racial lines,” the cathedral’s partnership with Javacya is something that everyone can be a part of. Through this concert, Pine hopes to to highlight the music of black composers, and to inspire students to begin and continue instrumental training.
All are welcome to this special concert, and tickets are on sale now. They range in price from $35-$45, and can be purchased online, here. RSVP to the concert, and share with friends and family on Facebook, here.