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September, 2014

BACH 2015 - 37th Annual Northwest Bach Festival

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

SPOKANE - The 37th Annual Northwest Bach Festival & Series, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director, presented by Connoisseur Concerts will be held in Spokane Feb. 23 – March 8, 2015 with a celebration of musical events each day in landmark venues in Spokane.

The 2015 Festival will offer four Festival Classics Concerts featuring local and guest artists performing in historic landmarks in Spokane and will also offer a Twilight Tour series of the six J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in historic landmarks performed individually by guest violinists Kurt Nikkanen and Soovin Kim. A new feature will be offered, Noon-time Flash-Bach! programs by Zuill Bailey, cello, with 20-30 minutes of music presented free of charge in six various business, government and medical locations in the area. Festival Film Classics, classic films related to the Festival’s music program, will be screened at The MAC - Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium with introductions about the music. In addition to the two series (Festival Classics and Twilight Tour), the Flash-Bach! free Noon concerts and the Festival films, a special event will be presented, An Elegant Evening in a Historic Home. Various community musical educational and outreach events including a free, open-to-the-public, Bach’s Lunch concert are a part of the Festival.

Other guest artists in addition to violinists Kurt Nikkanen and Soovin Kim include pianist Awadagin Pratt, the Catalyst String Quartet, and Maestro Piotr Gajewski, guest conductor for the Bach Festival Orchestra.

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director, a world-renowned performing artist in cello, is also director of El Paso Pro Musica Festival & Series in Texas and Sitka Summer Music Festival & Series in Alaska. Bailey is an exclusive Telarc recording artist whose CDs consistently reach the top of Classical Billboard Charts.

The Festival opens on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with the first of a six-concert Twilight Tour of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, hosted by Zuill Bailey and featuring Kurt Nikkanen and Soovin Kim, internationally acclaimed violinists, from 6 to 7 pm at historic landmarks, scheduled throughout the Festival. See festival artist biographies.

Kurt Nikkanen, violin:
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-7 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane.
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6-7 pm at Patsy Clark’s Mansion, 2208 W Second Ave. in Spokane.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 6-7 pm at the Elizabethan Room, Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. in Spokane

Soovin Kim, violin:
Wednesday, March 4, 6-7 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane.
Thursday, March 5, 6-7 pm at Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. in Spokane
Friday, March 6, 6-7 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane

No host wine bars at each Twilight Tour venue open at 5:30pm.

Ticket price for each Twilight Tour Concert - $20 per person General Admission, All Ages. All six Bach Sonatas and Partitas Twilight Tour concerts are available as a series for $110 (a $120 value). Only 50 Twilight Tour Series are offered due to the capacity of the smallest venue. Venue capacities for this series vary from 60 to 200. No host wine bars at each venue open at 5:30 pm.

The 2015 Festival’s four Festival Classics Concerts:

Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm, internationally acclaimed Catalyst String Quartet and violinist Kurt Nikkanen with Zuill Bailey, cello will present a celebration of music at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Avenue in Spokane. The program is From Boccherini to Piazzolla Tangos.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 7:10 pm.
Ticket price $35 per person General Admission; Student Tickets $18

Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm, the Catalyst String Quartet will present a Bach/Gould concert with the first fully-realized string quartet version of J.S. Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations along with the singular, rarely performed Glenn Gould String Quartet, Op. 1 at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. in Spokane.

Catalyst Quartet members are Karla Donehew-Perez, violin; Jessie Montgomery, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; Karlos Rodriguez, cello. See Festival artist biographies.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 2:30 pm
Ticket price $35 per person General Admission; Student Tickets $18

On Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 pm Awadagin Pratt, an international award-winning pianist, will present a program, Thematic Transformations at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane. The program includes Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Bach-Busoni Chaconne and the famous Liszt Sonata in B minor, S. 178, often described as one of the greatest keyboard works of the 19th Century. See Festival artist biographies.

A no-host wine bar with award-winning Barrister wines will be open.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 7:10pm

Ticket price $35 per person General Admission. Student Tickets $18.

The Festival Finale concert on Sunday, March 8 at 3 pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Avenue at Grand Boulevard in Spokane will feature the Bach Festival Orchestra with Maestro Piotr Gajewski, Music Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore Music Center, Maryland, conducting the J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068; the Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, (Haffner Synphony) and the Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (Triple Concerto) featuring Soovin Kim, violin; Zuill Bailey, cello; and Awadagin Pratt, piano.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 2:30pm

Ticket price $45 per person General Admission. Students $23.

The 2015 Northwest Bach Festival Film Classics

Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (94 minutes All Ages)
The MAC - Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane.
Free event; Donations accepted

Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould is a 1993 film about the acclaimed pianist Glenn Gould. Gould is played by Colm Feore. The film's screenplay was written by Don McKellar and Fran├žois Girard who also directed. The film does not present a single narrative, rather a series of short films. These include documentaries (five interviews with people who knew Gould), re-creations of scenes from Gould's life, and various odd items (such as "Gould Meets McLaren", in which animated spheres reminiscent of those in Norman McLaren’s animations move to Gould's music). The segments range in length from six minutes to less than one minute. According to Girard: “Gould was such a complex character, the biggest problem (in creating a film) was to find a way to look at his work and deal with his visions. The film is built of fragments, each one trying to capture an aspect of Gould. There is no way of putting Gould in one box. The film gives the viewer 32 impressions of him. I didn't want to reduce him to one dimension.” The soundtrack consists almost entirely of piano recordings by Gould. A notable exception is the overture to Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. It includes pieces famously linked with Gould, such as Bach’s The Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as others which are less so. The film won four Genie

Tuesday, March 3
This film selection TBA.
The MAC - Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane.
Free event; Donations accepted

Special Events of the 2015 Northwest Bach Festival include:

Flash-Bach! a series of 12:00 Noon performances by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, cello, will be in surprise locations in business, medical and government facilities in the area. The dates and locations will not be announced in advance but will be announced as they occur on social media and using the in-house communication systems within the various locations. To receive notifications, patrons will need to “like” Northwest Bach Festival on Face Book or be signed up to receive our electronic newsletters. A chair, music stand, announcement sign and a Zuill Bailey cardboard standee will be set up in the locations early on the days of the performances which will run about 20-30 minutes in length. Flash-Bach! locations include Spokane County Courthouse, Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Spokane City Hall, Sacred Heart Hospital, Bank of America Building and River Park Square.

An Evening of Elegance in a Historic Home on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 pm when the Catalyst String Quartet and Zuill Bailey, cello, will perform the Franz Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major, D.956, Op. posth. (Schubert’s final chamber work, sometimes called the Cello Quintet) and other selections at the historic Hutton House, built by the legendary humanitarians Levi and May Awkwright Hutton in 1914 and beautifully restored and furnished by the present owners. The home, designed and constructed by Spokane architect George H. Keith, is one of Spokane’s finest Neo-classical residences. Reservations to An Evening of Elegance are $100 per person, limit 50, and are only available through Connoisseur Concerts at telephone 509.924.1132. Catering is by Luna with wine and delicious light fare. Directions to the home and parking instructions will be sent with tickets.

Bach’s Lunch, a free Festival event in the Kress Gallery, set with tables and chairs, near the food court on the third floor of River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. in Spokane will be held on Thursday, March 5 at Noon. Audience members may bring in their lunches or buy lunch at the food court. Zuill Bailey, cello, and guest artists of the Festival will perform a program to be announced at the event.

Northwest Bach Festival tickets are at the TicketsWest Arena Box Office, 720 W. Mallon Avenue in Spokane (M-F 10am - 6pm without convenience fees) and for convenience at all TicketsWest outlets or by telephone 800-325-SEAT. Purchase online at Note: The Feb. 27 Special Event, Evening of Elegance, tickets are only available through Connoisseur Concerts at 509.924.1132.

Festival Series Tickets for the Four Festival Classics Concerts and the Twilight Tours are also available.

Bach Sonatas & Partitas Twilight Tour 6-Concert Series
hosted by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and
featuring Kurt Nikkanen, violin and Soovin Kim, violin $110 ($120 value)

(Only 50 series tickets offered)
Festival Classics 4-Concert Series
4 concerts $130 ($150 value)

(Only 100 series tickets available)

No additional discount on Student tickets as a series.


For additional information about Bach 2015, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

For information or to arrange an interview:

View the calendar for schedule information.