These hour-long, family-friendly concerts combine extraordinary music with reflections by Simone Dinnerstein at P.S. 321 and James Matheson at P.S. 142. Musicians donate their performances, and all ticket sales benefit the students of the host schools. Not recommended for children under age six.
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. Rachel Barton Pine made her orchestral debut at the age of 7 with the Chicago String Ensemble. Ten years later she became the first American to win the coveted gold medal in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She has since gone on to perform with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, working with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and John Nelson.
At P.S. 321, Rachel will perform Bach's Sonata in G Minor and selections from Paganini's 24 Caprices, Op. 1, plus new works dedicated to her from composers Mohammed Fairouz (“For Egypt” from Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin “Native Informant,” written in 2011) and Earl Maneein (Be12(OH)12(BTB)4; "Metal Organic Framework" from 2014).
Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” ( Gramophone ), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. Equally at home playing rock and jazz, Jason was recently introduced on WNYC’s Soundcheck by host John Schaefer, who said, “Jason Vieaux is a classical guitarist … actually, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s say that Jason Vieaux is a guitarist whose instrument happens to be a classical guitar.” In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Jason for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music; he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.
Jason has released 12 commercial albums, his latest of which is PLAY , a selection of audience favorites celebrating Jason's 20 years of touring. Soundboard writes, “You’d be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material." At P.S. 321, Jason will play music ranging from Bach to Pat Metheny, including guitar favorites by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz and 19th century Italian classical guitar master Mauro Guiliani.