North Central College - Naperville, IL

Classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine to perform April 30

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Feb. 16, 2011—North Central College welcomes Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine for a rousing performance of classical pieces April 30 in the College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $40 and $35; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-6370-SHOW (7469) or visit

The night’s performance features Barton Pine accompanied by pianist Matthew Hagle for a program that will include renditions of Franz Liszt’s “La lugubre Gondola” and “Grand Duo Concertante.” The program includes Liszt’s “Die drei Zigeuner,” “Elegy No. 1” and “Elegy No. 2;” Leos Janacek’s “Sonata;” and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.”

Barton Pine has received worldwide acclaim for her virtuosic technical mastery, lustrous tone and perceptive performances. Her passion for research allows her to bring emotionally charged, historically informed interpretations to her diverse repertoire, and her work as a philanthropist continues to inspire the next generation of artists and concert-goers.

The Washington Post says she is “an exciting, boundary-defying performer … (who) displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon of recitalists.” Barton Pine made her solo debut at age 7 and has worked with numerous famous conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Placido Domingo and Charles Dutoit. She has performed throughout the world in such music capitals as Montreal, Vienna and Budapest. Visit to learn more about the artist.

Her performance on April 30 is one day after she performs with Chicago-based metal band Earthen Grave at North Central. Earthen Grave’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Barton Pine’s performance is presented by Navistar, Inc. North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).