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Rachel Barton Pine shedding light on long-neglected works by black composers / All Classical Portland

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Interview with All Classical Portland's John Pitman

Rachel Barton Pine long ago established herself as a violinist willing to step outside the normal realm of the classical canon to explore a broader landscape of music. Pine's performances of metal bands such as Metallica (she actually formed a band of her own, Earthen Grave), are one example of how she embraces music that touches and challenges her. Being a native Chicagoan, Pine also feels a deep affinity for blues music, which she heard all the time growing up. Her love of blues music led to an extraordinary discovery by her in a music shop: the score for a fully-blues-infused work for violin and piano. That was the origin of "Blues Dialogues", Rachel Barton Pine's latest CD. Pine is shedding light on long-neglected works by black composers of the past and present. Music which she encourages others to take up and include in their programs. John Pitman's conversation with Pine tells more!

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