Rachel Barton Pine to be Featured on WCPE’s Show “Preview!”

The WCPE weekly program “Preview!” will feature an interview with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The interview will air Sunday, August 19 at 7 p.m. ET, and an excerpt from her “American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell” CD will be played.

Wake Forest, NC, August 15, 2007 --(PR.com)-- TheClassicalStation.org announces today that its weekly program “Preview!” will feature an interview with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The interview will air Sunday, August 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

During the show, WCPE’s Deana Vassar will interview Barton Pine and play an excerpt from her “American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell” CD. Vassar’s interview will cover Barton Pine’s years as a child prodigy with the Chicago Symphony and her challenges as a young family breadwinner. Her foundation, the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, REBF.org, which expands awareness of and appreciation for classical music will also be discussed.

“I have been a fan of Rachel’s for many years. She has overcome so many struggles as an artist that it is truly awe-inspiring to see her flourish and bring so much beauty to classical music lovers,” says “Preview!” host Deana Vassar. “And it’s absolutely amazing to me that she is able to tour extensively, continue to study, record with her label and still spend so much time helping artists in need with her foundation! Rachel is a wonder.”

“The violinist I most admire is Maud Powell, she is often in the back of my mind today as I perform,” says Barton Pine. “I learned how she became the greatest American violinist in the late 1800s and early 1900s while breaking so many social stereotypes: dedicating her life to her career; leading a men’s string quartet; championing music by contemporary, American, female, and black composers; and introducing classical music to numerous new listeners.”

“Preview!” airs every Sunday evening from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. ET and presents the latest in classical recordings and upcoming classical events.

WCPE can be heard worldwide, 24/7, via the Web in multiple streaming formats, including the next generation IPv6. Visit TheClassicalsStation.org/internet.shtml to begin listening online.

Across North America, WCPE can be heard through cable television and radio transmission affiliates. For a complete list of affiliate and cable broadcasters, visit TheClassicalStation.org/rebroadcasters.shtml and TheClassicalStation.org/cable.shtml.

In central North Carolina and southern Virginia, WCPE is found on the radio at 89.7 FM.

About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Other radio stations and cable television systems are able to rebroadcast Great Classical Music. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at TheClassicalStation.org/guide. For more information, visit TheClassicalStation.Org or call 1-800-556-5178.

About Rachel Barton Pine:
American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has received worldwide acclaim for her violin interpretations applied to an extremely diverse musical repertoire. Her efforts to reach younger audiences have included frequent interviews and performances on rock music radio stations. She has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, has worked closely with renowned conductors and appeared in live broadcast performances. Barton Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions. In June 1996, Ms. Pine was one of the torchbearers in the Olympic torch relay and appeared later that summer as soloist for the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has twice appeared on NBC’s Today. She was named “Classical Entertainer of the Year” at the annual Chicago Music Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2007. Barton Pine is President of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, serves on the boards of the Music Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Chicago School of Violin Making, and The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation. For more about Rachel Barton Pine,visit RachelBartonPine.com.

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