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How Rachel Barton Pine is working to #ExpandTheCanon with 'Music by Black Composers' project / WFMT

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has always had an interest in looking beyond the classical canon. In addition to the acclaim she has won for her interpretations of music by well-known composers like Bach, Handel, and Paganini, Pine has also sought to include underrepresented composers in her repertoire.

A native Chicagoan, Pine grew up looking for new and exciting pieces to play at her favorite sheet music shop, Performers Music. She gravitated to pieces inspired by the blues and jazz, and her passion for this music eventually led to an important undertaking: the founding of the Music by Black Composers Project. With its social media hashtag "#expandthecanon," the project aims to show young Black artists and audience members that "they are part of classical music's past, and that this is not somebody else's music."

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