Rachel Barton Pine, guest violinist

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) kicks off the 2016-2017 season and search for a new music director on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. Conducting candidate KAYOKO DAN will lead the orchestra in Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 with a Charleston favorite guest artist, Rachel Barton Pine performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

WVSO President Joe Tackett commented, “The WVSO is excited to welcome Kayoko Dan to the stage as our first guest conductor this season! The orchestra is performing some amazing works that will be real crowd pleasers. Ms. Barton Pine will grace the stage once again and every time she performs in Charleston magic happens on the stage. It is an evening that will entertain newcomers and long time friends of the WVSO.”

Tickets for the performance on Saturday, September 17 begin at $10 and can be purchased by visiting wvsymphony.org or by calling the Box Office at 304.561.3570. $10 “Tweet Seats” are also available in the second balcony where the audience is encouraged to share their concert experience via social media with the WVSO.

Kayoko Dan will be fully immersed in Charleston during her stay the week prior to the concert, with many free and open to the public opportunities for the community to engage and interact with her. She will meet with different constituencies including musicians, board, staff, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, the West Virginia Youth Symphony, Kanawha County String Education programs, media, and different Rotarian groups. For public opportunities to meet Kayoko Dan, including a yoga program, please visit wvsymphony.org for the full week’s schedule.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.

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Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
      Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Brahms Symphony No. 4


September 12-17, 2016
Subject to change. Please visit wvsymphony.org for updates

Monday, September 12
7:00 – 7:30 pm| West Virginia Youth Symphony
8:00 – 8:30 pm| West Virginia Symphony Chorus 

Tuesday, September 13
10:00 – 11:00 am | Kanawha County String Education Programs

Wednesday, September 14
7:30 – 8:30 am | Vandalia Rotary Presentation

9:00 – 12:00 pm | Real Estate & Tour of Charleston

Thursday, September 15
11:30 – 1:00 pm | Lunch and Learn Lecture Series (free and open to the public at the Clay Center)

7:00 – 9:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal

Friday, September 16
4:00 – 6:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal
8:00 – 10:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal

Saturday, September 17
10:30 – 1:00 pm | WVSO Dress Rehearsal
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Meet the Musicians
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Pre-Concert Talk
7:30 – 9:30 pm | Concert

KAYOKO DAN, Conducting Candidate #1

A versatile conductor, Kayoko Dan is active in the fields of orchestra, ballet, and opera. Ms. Dan began her tenure as the 8th Music Director of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in the 2011-2012 season. Previously, she served as Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and Music Director of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. She has been awarded the Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, as well as the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institute. Ms. Dan has participated in numerous workshops including the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar, International Bartok Festival, Fondazione I Pomeriggi Musicali Conducting Workshop and National Conducting Institute.

As a strong advocate of music education, Ms. Dan is in demand as a clinician at universities, high schools, youth orchestras, and regional orchestras throughout the country. She has taught at several elementary schools including Thomas J. Pappas school for homeless children in Arizona as an ArtsBridge Scholar. While serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, her dedication and passion for music education was recognized by Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from the Arizona State University. Additionally, she is a frequent guest speaker at university conducting classes to encourage young conductors who are pursuing a career in music.

Ms. Dan began her musical training in Japan at age three. After relocating to the United States, she continued her musical studies with flute and received a Bachelor in Music Education at the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Master in Music Education from Arizona State University. Her principal teachers are Timothy Russell and Timothy Muffitt. She has also studied with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Zoltan Pesko, Jorma Panula and William Reber.


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.

This season Pine performs concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Fairouz, Mozart, Sibelius and Vivaldi, with orchestras including the Santa Rosa Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Flagstaff, Windsor, and Gainesville Symphony Orchestras.  She continues her recital tour of the Complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin and a life size video installation of her will be the culmination of a new Musical Instrument Museum exhibit about master violin makers.

In March, 2016 Avie Records will release Pine’s performance of J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. Pine collaborated with conductor Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante, her debut album on Avie.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop.

She performs on the “ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742). rachelbartonpine.com