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February 18, 2014

BACH 2014- The Northwest Bach Festival, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director,
Adds Master Classes

SPOKANE - Connoisseur Concerts will present the 36th Annual Northwest Bach Festival, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director, in Spokane beginning on February 25 and running through March 9, 2014.

These events are of interest to anyone who enjoys classical music.
The Master Classes listed are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
(No advance registration is needed.)

Saturday, March 1st, 10am - Noon
Piano Master Class with Piers Lane, Bach Festival Guest Artist
St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Avenue at Grand Boulevard in Spokane

Saturday, March 1st, 10am - Noon
Violin Master Class with Rachel Barton Pine, Bach Festival Guest Artist Holy
Names Music Center, McNally Recital Hall
3910 W. Custer Drive in Spokane on the Mukogawa-Fort Wright campus



January 21, 2014

BACH 2014 - 36th Annual Northwest Bach Festival

Cellist Zuill Bailey, New Artistic Director

SPOKANE - The 36th Annual Northwest Bach Festival & Series presented by Connoisseur Concerts will be held in Spokane February 25 – March 9, 2014. The 2014 Festival is presented by the new Artistic Director Zuill Bailey with a celebration of musical events each day in landmark venues in Spokane.

The 2014 Festival will offer four Festival Classics Concerts featuring virtuosic guest artists and will also offer a Twilight Tour of Bach Suites in historic landmarks when Zuill Bailey will present the six Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello individually. A new feature will be offered, Festival Film Classics, with three classic films screened at the NW Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium with introductions about the film music. Other special events in addition to the two series and the films will be offered along with community musical outreach events.

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, February 25 with Twilight Tour of Bach Suites from 6 to 7 pm at historic landmarks, scheduled throughout the Festival.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-7 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-7 pm at Luxe Coffee House & Wine Bar, 1017 W. First Ave. in Spokane.
Tuesday, March 4, 6-7 pm at Patsy Clark’s Mansion, 2208 W Second Ave. in Spokane.
Thursday, March 6, 6-7 pm at Elizabethan Room, Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. in Spokane.
Friday, March 7, 6-7pm at Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane.
Saturday, March 8, 6-7pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1832 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane.

No host wine bars at each venue open at 5:30pm except at Patsy Clark’s when doors open at 6pm.

Zuill Bailey will present Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello individually from six different landmark venues. The specific suite selected will be announced at each venue and not in advance. The Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are often regarded as one of the most fascinating subjects in all of music history. Zuill Bailey, acknowledged as one of the world’s most accomplished cellists, has studied the suites for decades and has performed them to highest acclaim throughout the world. Music journalist Amy Fletcher, Juneau, recently wrote about Bailey and Bach, “the intimidating nature of these big names (Bach and Bailey) gives way to something much more accessible: one man’s understanding of another man’s art, expressed so that others can share it. The bond between this performer and this music, like the suites themselves, gets deeper and more interesting the further one goes in exploring it, pointing toward a better understanding of both. To hear Bailey talk about Bach’s cello suites is to hear him describe how his in-depth familiarity with the pieces is matched with a joyful acknowledgement of their mystery. He knows them, perhaps, as only a small group of musicians on the planet knows them, and yet he is the first to admit that his exploration is ongoing: His understanding changes as he changes. In this way, he says, this music is unlike any other he knows.” Zuill Bailey’s landmark Telarc Bach Suites recording went immediately to No. 1 on Classical Billboard Charts upon its release.

Ticket price to each Twilight Tour Concert - $20 per person General Admission. All six Bach Suites 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 250. No host wine bars at each venue open at 5:30pm except for a 6:00pm opening at Patsy Clark’s.

The 2014 Festival’s four Festival Classics Concerts feature world-renowned guest artists.

A new feature: Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will hold Concert Conversations 30 minutes before each of the Festival Classics Concerts.

Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 pm, acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine will present Niccoló Paganini’s Complete Caprices for Solo Violin at The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane.

Rachel Barton Pine, a child prodigy who began violin studies at age three, is a virtuosic performer with wide-ranging musical interests from baroque to heavy metal. She travels worldwide as an in-demand guest soloist and recitalist and is a top-selling recording artist. Pine has studied the Paganini caprices for over a decade, and as an artist possessing the demanding virtuosic assurance required, performs them regularly. Niccoló Paganini’s exceptional brilliance on violin and his intriguing stage presence astounded his audiences. Some came to believe that satanic apparitions appeared with him in performances and that he had made a pact with the devil for his implausible ability. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, believed to be inspired by Bach’s solo violin works, are full of virtuosic fireworks as well as poetic luminosity.

At the Lincoln Center performance, as a nod to the Paganini reputation, Charles Smith’s merlot, The Velvet Devil, and a special cocktail, Satan’s Screwdriver, along with full-bar choices will be available at a no-host bar for over age 21.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 7:30pm.

Ticket price $50 per person General Admission, first come, first choice for Main Floor and Balcony Table Seating and Main Floor Chair seating. Student price $25.

Sunday, March 2 at 5 pm, pianist Piers Lane will present the Complete Chopin Nocturnes by Candlelight at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Boulevard in Spokane.

Piers Lane, an award-winning, London-based Australian pianist, tours worldwide in a flourishing career as solo artist and recording artist. He is acclaimed for his musical intelligence and sensitive keyboard artistry. Lane was named Best Australian Pianist at the first Sydney International Piano Competition in 1977. In 2007, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Music Festival. He is a familiar voice on BBC3 Radio where he presented a 54-part series, The Piano, among 50 other programs. Chopin’s Nocturnes, 21 short pieces, are widely considered the all-time finest short solo pieces ever written for piano. Frédéric Chopin was deeply influenced by poetry and paintings in his artistic expression as a composer as well as by the beauty of nature. These elements are reflected in the beautiful nocturnes. Spokane’s architectural treasure, St. John’s Cathedral, will be illuminated by candlelight from entrance to altar for this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 4:30pm

Ticket price $50 per person General Admission. Student Tickets $25.

On Saturday, March 8 at 8 pm Lara Downes, piano, returns to the Festival by popular demand to present a program, Bach to Brubeck, at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane.

NPR notes that Lara Downes is “A unique blend of musicianship and showmanship.” A captivating presence both on and offstage, critically acclaimed American pianist Lara Downes is recognized as one of the most exciting and communicative classical artists today. She was praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances “rendered with drama and nuance.” Downes presents the piano repertoire, from iconic favorites to newly commissioned works, in new ways that bridge musical tastes, genres and audiences. Lara Downes, a Steinway Artist, is Artist in Residence at University of California at Davis, Artistic Director of the Young Artists program at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and Founder and Director of The Artist Sessions, San Francisco.

The Bach to Brubeck program grew from Lara Downes’ acclaimed recording, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined. In her charming and informal manner, Downes shares her insights on how the great composers over the last 300 years have celebrated both the eternal beauty of Bach’s original work and the evolution of classical music. This program includes a selection of favorite works by composers from Bach to Dave Brubeck that Downes has recorded on previous solo albums.

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

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will conduct Concert Conversations at 7:30pm

Ticket price $30 per person General Admission, Cabaret style seating at tables for eight, First come, first choice seating. Student Tickets $15.

The Festival Finale concert on Sunday, March 9 at 3pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Avenue at Grand Boulevard in Spokane features Zuill Bailey, cello and Lara Downes, piano in concert, Red, White, Blue & Sparkling–Made In America, with music of American composers including Samuel Barber (Cello Sonata and songs arr. for cello), Leonard Bernstein (Clarinet Sonata arr. for cello), Lukas Foss (Capriccio and other pieces), and other selections.

This concert also presents the World Release of the Zuill Bailey/Lara Downes CD, Some Other Time. The CD will be available to purchase at a special concert price of $15.00.

Zuill Bailey, Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director, is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today Praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing” (Gramophone Magazine), Bailey is a consummate musician.

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

Ticket price $50 per person General Admission. Students $25.

On Sunday, March 9 following the Festival Finale concert, a CD Release Champagne Reception with Zuill Bailey and Lara Downes will be held from 6 to7:30pm at the Luna Garden Room, 5620 S. Perry Street in Spokane.

Reception ticket price $50 per person with tickets bought in advance through TicketsWest. Limit 50. Includes a complimentary, autographed Zuill Bailey/Lara Downes Some Other Time CD.

The 2014 NW Bach Festival Film Classics

Wednesday, Feb. 26
The Red Violin shown at 7pm (131 minutes) (Rated R>
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane.
Free event
The Red Violin, a story of a mysterious violin, crosses four centuries and five continents. Virtuosic violinist Niccoló Paganini, whose famous caprices are featured in the Bach Festival, is rumored to have come into contact with the red violin. The Academy Award-winning film score by John Corigliano performed by Joshua Bell reflects the haunting beauty of Paganini’s caprices.

Wednesday, March 5
Celebrating the Arts - Film, Food, Wine, Visual arts
Double feature

A Matter of Taste- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt, a 2011documentary introduced by filmmaker, New York based Sally Rowe,
shown at 7pm
(68 minutes) (Rated PG 13)
Impromptu shown at 9pm (91 minutes) (Rated PG 13)

NW Museum of Arts and Culture Auditorium, 2316 W. 1st Avenue in Spokane.
Free event
Sally Rowe’s documentary, A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt, portrays one of the most talented and controversial chefs in the food world and the youngest chef, at age 24, to have received a 3- Star rating from the New York Times. NY Times food critic William Grimes likened Liebrandt to “a pianist who seems to have found a couple of dozen extra keys.” The film depicts the creative process, the extreme hard work, long hours and the dedication required to be a culinary artist and have success in the competitive world of cuisine. Exploring the complicated relationships between food critics, restaurant owners and chefs, the film delves into the life of an advanced young talent. Impromptu, an audience-favorite film, tells the story of romance writer George Sand falling in love
Impromptu, an audience-favorite film, tells the story of romance writer George Sand falling in love with Frédéric Chopin by simply having heard his music before meeting the composer. Their relationship, which developed during salon soirees in Paris, was complicated by Chopin’s delicate health and by Sand’s complex relationship with composer Franz Liszt. Chopin’s music is featured throughout the film and in the 2014 Bach Festival.

Special Events of the 2014 Northwest Bach Festival include:

An Evening of Elegance with Navah Perlman, piano and Zuill Bailey, cello, at the historic Kirtland Cutter Home of Kevin Hekmatpanah on Saturday, March 1 at 8pm. These reservations are $100 per person, limit 60, and are only available through Connoisseur Concerts at telephone 509.924.1132. Catering is by Luna with wine and light fare. Directions to the Hekmatpanah home will be sent with the Letter of Admission for those with reservations.

Navah Perlman is known for her lyrical eloquence on the stage and has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She has performed to critical acclaim in major concert venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Perlman began her piano studies at age six with Ronit Amir Lowenthal and later attended the Juilliard School where she worked with Herbert Stessin. She also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, and Dorothy DeLay. Navah Perlman, a frequent collaborator with Zuill Bailey, also holds an honors degree in Art History from Brown University.

(Navah Perlman is also the featured guest artist with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Hekmatpanah Music Director, on Monday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox in Spokane where she will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37.)

Tasting Notes! A Celebration of Wine, Food and Music with Zuill Bailey and sommelier Ben Breen will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at 7pm at the Luna Garden Room, 5620 S. Perry St. in Spokane. Participants will taste six adjudicated specialty wines (2 each Australian Shiraz, Pacific Coast Syrahs and Northern Rhones from France) and compare their tasting notes with those of the judges. The tasting will be followed by a multi-course dinner served with a different array of high-quality wines, finishing with a Sauternes. Tasting Notes! reservations are $225 per person, limit 48, and are only available through Connoisseur Concerts at telephone 509.924.1132.

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 (Key word: Bach) Note: The March 1 and March 4 Special Event 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 Suites Twilight Tour Series
6 concerts featuring Zuill Bailey, cello $110 ($120 value)

(Only 50 series tickets offered)
Festival Classics Concert Series
4 concerts featuring Festival guest artists $160 ($180 value)

For additional information about Bach 2014, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

For information or to arrange an interview:

View the calendar for schedule information.