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Rachel Barton Pine set for Pasadena Symphony debut / Los Angeles Times

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Violinst Rachel Barton Pine has been appearing more frequently on the West Coast, and for fans of fine string playing, that's good news. Last month, with her sweet-sounding viola d'amore in tow, she led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra downtown in an all-Baroque program. On Saturday, she's making her debut with the Pasadena Symphony, led by principal guest conductor Nicholas McGegan.

The Chicago-based Pine, 42, favors a personal touch. She writes her own liner notes, and her set of Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin was recorded in the Chicago church where she first performed at age 4. She also composed all the cadenzas on her recent set of the complete Mozart violin concertos with Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. "Performing your own cadenzas is always the best thing, because it's going to be a reflection of your feelings about the piece," Pine said by phone from Columbus, Ohio, where she was giving a concert and a master class. "It's fresh and interesting for the audience and really personal."