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David Bowden acknowledged up front that it’s rare for him to mention his Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and heavy metal band Metallica in the same breath. But that’s precisely what he recently did when he previewed the professional ensemble’s season that opens Sept. 13.

That’s because superstar violinist Rachel Barton Pine, among the most sought-after strings players worldwide, will bring her eclectic tastes to town for several days of music. Oh, and she’s playing standard Mozart and more with the orchestra.

But the Chicago musician, with her own metal band playing originals to Metallica and Pantera covers, will perform a variety of styles in a separate concert with some Philharmonic players Sept. 11 at The Commons — with details still unfolding.

Bowden, who began the booking process three years ago, calls Pine, 39, “a first-tier, internationally known soloist.” She is also a great magnet for younger audiences, including even headbangers, that the Philharmonic actively seeks.

“We hope that people will find out about her and her metal band and say, ‘I’ve got to hear this girl,’” Bowden said.

The eight-date season features other must-hears, including the high-energy choral group, Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers in February, and homegrown vocalist Mary Claire King in April.

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