Dvořák's New World

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

November 17 & 18, 2017

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Rune Bergmann, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Mozart -  Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 “New World”

Described as “exciting and boundary-defying” by the Washington Post, violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings the equally intense and dramatic Brahms Violin Concerto to the Peristyle stage. To conclude, we present Dvořák’s love song to the New World with one of the most beautiful and unforgettable melodies in all of classical music.

Rachel Barton Pine’s appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Norman Nitschke.


An energetic and compelling figure on the podium, Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann (pronounced Rue-na Bairg-mahn) is a dynamic, versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic, and contemporary repertoire.  Considered among today’s most talented young Scandinavian conductors, his elegant interpretations and reputation as an inspiring and profound musician continue to attract the attention of orchestras throughout the world.

Recently named Music Director Designate of Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic as well as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Poland’s Szczecin Philharmonic, Bergmann has been Artistic Director of Norway’s innovative Fjord Cadenza Festival since its inception in 2010. Additionally, he regularly conducts a wide range of distinguished orchestras and opera houses around the world, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, and Philharmonie Südwestfalen.

In North America, he has guest conducted with such orchestras as the Alabama Symphony (where he led the world premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning Serbian composer Djuro Zivkovic’s Psalm XIII), Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Houston Symphony orchestras. The 2015-16 season saw Bergmann make a joint North American operatic debut at Yale Opera with innovative stage director Claudia Solti.

Upcoming highlights of Bergmann's 2016-17 season include return engagements in Calgary, Lisbon, and New Mexico, as well as North American debuts with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the symphonies of Edmonton, Hawaii, and Pacific. He will guest conduct the Wrocław and Argovia Philharmonics in Europe.

This season also marks the beginning of Bergmann's tenure as the new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland, and the continuation of his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the Kaunas City Symphony in Lithuania.

A multitalented musician who also plays trumpet, piano, and violin/viola, Bergmann studied choral and orchestral conducting under Anders Eby, Jin Wang, and Jorma Panula at Sweden’s Royal College of Music. He graduated with high honors from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he studied conducting under Chief Conductor Emeritus of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/former principal conductor of the Vienna Radio, Finnish Radio, and Danish National symphony orchestras, Leif Segerstam.

Honors include the 2010 Kjell Holm Foundation Culture Prize, the 2009 SMP Press culture award, and second prize in Helsingborg’s 2002 Nordic Conducting Competition. 


Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

Her 2017-18 season includes performances with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloists, the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Eugene Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. Pine will offer the world premiere of Marcus Goddard’s Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and she will play in recital for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal and Early Music Seattle.

Pine dedicates her February 2018 Avie recording of the Elgar and Bruch violin concertos, recorded with the BBC Symphony and Maestro Andrew Litton, to Sir Neville Marriner, who was originally scheduled for the project.  Pine and Sir Neville’s Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields hit number three on the Billboard Classical chart.  Her Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach (Avie, 2016) and Violin Lullabies (Cedille, 2013) both charted at number one, and her Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and other works for solo violin (Avie, 2017) charted at number four.

Over the course of a career that began with her debut at the age of 10 with the Chicago Symphony, Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. Her past festival appearances have included Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Davos, and Salzburg. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, and Marin Alsop, and has collaborated with many contemporary composers including Augusta Read Thomas, John Corigliano, José Serebrier, and Mohammed Fairouz. 

Pine has a prolific discography of 36 CDs on the Avie, Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian labels.  She recorded Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar conducting.  Her Beethoven & Clement Violin Concerto, with the Royal Philharmonic and conductor José Serebrier featured the world premiere recording of Clement’s D Major Violin Concerto.  

Pine is among the few contemporary violinists to write her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs.  With the publication of The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, Pine became the only living artist and first woman to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. 

Holding prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, Pine won the gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany.   Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects, including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting musicians in developing countries), and a curricular series in development with the University of Michigan titled: Music by Black Composers. 

Pine performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat,” on lifetime loan from her anonymous patron.


Watch Rachel Barton Pine perform Brahms' Violin Concerto. The famous third movement begins at 7:23.


Listen to Dvořák’s "New World" Symphony.


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