A Baroque Christmas with Rachel Barton Pine

December 18, 2021, 9:57 AM · In case you thought Rachel Barton Pine wasn’t busy enough showcasing 24 violin concertos over 24 weeks, conducting master classes on all six Bach Sonatas & Partitas, championing music by living black composers, filling in for Midori at Ravinia, well, worry no longer. Her latest project is a Baroque Christmas with Trio Settecento. And the good news is that we can join Rachel virtually on Wednesday, December 22 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. (Shhh, don’t tell my sister, but this is going to be a little "early" Christmas present we can share.)

Trio Settecento and Sylvia
Trio Settecento, left, and Sylvia Pine.

Trio Settecento, which features Rachel on violin, John Mark Rozendaal, cello, and David Schrader, harpsichord, will offer up favorites from the French, Italian, and British Isles traditions. (But I’m in it for Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and the Pifa from Handel’s IMessiah!)

Actually, I’m really in it for the guest appearance by Rachel’s 10-year-old daughter Sylvia Pine. I became familiar with Sylvia when she joined her mom for an episode of Fiddler’s Favorite Recipes, right here on v.com. My thought at the time was, “Give that girl her own show!” Sylvia started violin lessons at age 2 and began using a baroque bow at age 4. This should be fun.

Tickets are $15, plus a $2.50 service fee. Click here to purchase a ticket to the stream, which will continue to be available on-demand 48 hours after the performance.


December 18, 2021 at 10:20 PM · I'm waiting for science to finally figure out how to make an embryo-sized violin.

December 19, 2021 at 12:10 AM · Yes, Christian! As we know, it's never too early to start playing the violin.

December 19, 2021 at 04:20 PM · How can one person be so eclectic? Whatever Rachel feels, she produces. She’s an inspiration to me. Thank you, Diana, for sharing this concert.

December 20, 2021 at 01:50 AM · Paul, I couldn't agree more. I suspect she accomplishes more before breakfast than I do in a year.

December 20, 2021 at 02:00 AM · Wow! What a schedule Rachel has! Absolutely amazing! I remember last time you wrote about her. I listened to her and loved it. Thank you! Wish I could listen to the streaming but my schedule won't allow it. Next time!

December 20, 2021 at 02:04 PM · Joe, I'll listen for both of us! And I'm sure Rachel will take on some other project soon enough, so never fear.

December 22, 2021 at 01:44 AM · Opening present early???? Shame on you. But I'm looking forward to hearing them play.

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