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Rachel Barton Pine and 300yr old instrument, set for ASO's - Trailblazers / Anchorage Press

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Exploring the legacy of orchestral pioneers is the program slated for Saturday night's Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presentation of "Trailblazers" at the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The careers of three performers – two deceased and one still very much alive – and their impacts on modern and past orchestral performance are set to be showcased musically through performance of their best-known compositions that when originally released rocked the classical concert world.

"I hope that our audience will take away the fact that certain standard works which we now consider part of the normal classical repertoire were once scandalous and risky," Randall Craig Fleischer, ASO maestro. "The opening phrase that the soloist plays in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 is so beautiful yet we take for granted just how different that section is in terms of the traditions of the day." That is because the audience of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's day – between the 1770s and the 1790s – would have been shocked the first time they heard the violin entered the musical performance in a completely different tempo from the introduction," Fleischer said. 

It will occur during Saturday night's performance as world class violinist Rachel Barton Pine carefully drags her bow across a nearly 300-year old instrument in the Violin Concerto No. 5 slated to be the second piece performed for "Trailblazers." Pine is well-known for her interpretation of concerto cadenzas, and writes her own.