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Rachel Barton Pine. Getting the music of black composers into the hands of music students / WRTI

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A self-described "research geek," classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine has a passion for discovering new repertoire and turning kids on to classical music. That drive and commitment fuels her Black Composers Project, now out with its first volume of violin music by Black composers for music students. 

The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation was started in 2001 to increase awareness of classical music and to support young musicians from challenging financial backgrounds. Its projects include grant making, an instrument loan program, a global effort to support musicians in developing coutnries and  a project finding and collecting music by black composers from all over the world.  

The Black Composers Project, now with over 900 works by more than 350 composers, is out with its first  curricular volume of violin music by black composers, with music from Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean.

This curricular volume coincides with the recent release of her new album, Blues Dialogues, which reflects just one aspect of the rich treasure trove of music she's collected.   RBP talked with WRTI: Philadelphia - Susan Lewis. READ THE Q&A

PHOTO: LISA-MARIE MAZZUCCO