Violinist Rachel Barton Pine gets the honor of closing out this year's Grant Park Music Festival. In her concert appearances and a string of excellent recordings for the Chicago-based Cedille label, she's established herself as an adventurous player inside the standard violin repertoire, but this week she'll step outside the canon to play one of the three works featuring solo violin that John Corigliano carved out of his Grammy Award-winning score for the 1998 film The Red Violin. Joshua Bell's wan playing on the sound track left me cold, but Barton Pine is never wan, and conductor Carlos Kalmar is a sensitive accompanist. The second half of the program is given over to Mahler's Symphony no. 1, with its cuckoo calls, Gypsy tunes, and hunting horns--a good fit with Kalmar's opulent, detailed style. The third movement's funeral march remains one of Mahler's most touching creations, and the triumphant final movement should end the concert season with a bang. Free. Friday, August 27, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 100 N. Michigan; Saturday, August 28, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, August 29, 3 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph; 312-742-4763.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Andrew Eccles.