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September, 2016

December Winter Classics

Northwest Bach Festival & Series

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

SPOKANE - The 39th Annual Northwest Bach Festival presented by Connoisseur Concerts will be held in Spokane February 21 – March 5, 2017. Artistic Director Zuill Bailey has curated an array of concerts and events for the Festival involving international and local guest artists along with a Festival Finale orchestral performance. The Festival includes Classics Concerts, Twilight Tour Concerts and Special Event Concerts in historic landmarks as well as Festival Film Classics, Flash-Bach! free noon concerts in business, government or medical locations, and two free Bach’s Lunch noon concert in the Kress Gallery near the Food Court in River Park Square along with multiple community engagement events and a first-ever Northwest Bach Festival concert in Walla Walla. The December Winter Classics concerts in their fourth year are annual events expanding the program schedule and the geographic and cultural influence of the Northwest Bach Festival & Series. Bach ’17 full information coming soon.

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director, a world-renowned performing artist in cello, is also Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica Festival & Series in Texas, Sitka Summer Music Festival & Series in Alaska, and Guest Artistic Director of Mesa Arts Center’s Classical Inside Out programs in Arizona. Bailey is a highly-acclaimed recording artist whose releases consistently reach the top of Classical Billboard Charts. zuillbailey.com

The 2016 December Winter Classics concerts will feature Zuill Bailey, cello, performing with guest pianist, Natasha Paremski in programs called Romance of the Cello and Romance of the Sonata.

 

Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Hagadone Event Center, 900 Floating Green Dr.
Romance of the Cello

Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Tickets $48 General Admission (all ages)

Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm, Spokane
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Romance of the Cello

Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Award-winning Barrister wines available for purchase at the concert for age 21 and over.
Tickets $45 General Admission (all ages)

Sunday, December 11at 3pm, Spokane
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Romance of the Sonata

Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Award-winning Barrister wines available for purchase at the concert for age 21 and over.
Tickets $40 General Admission (all ages)

 

Tickets to the Winter Classics performances are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by telephone, 800-838-3006.

Natasha Paremski, piano, reveals virtuosity and voracious interpretative abilities. She generates excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique. Born in Moscow, Natasha moved to the United States at the age of eight and became a U.S. citizen. She is now based in New York.

Zuill Bailey Bailey 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.. More information at zuillbailey.com

 


December, 2016

Northwest Bach Festival & Series – February 21-March 5, 2017

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

SPOKANE - The 39th Annual Northwest Bach Festival, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director, will begin 12 days of musical excitement with Festival Classics Concerts, Twilight Interlude Concerts, two Special Festival Events with music and films, Flash-Bach! appearances, a Grand Festival Celebration Event and more. It will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and will continue through Sunday, March 5, 2017 at a variety of Spokane venues. Details are  at www.nwbachfest.com with tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or by telephone 800-838-3006 (24/7).

This year, Spokane City Credit Union is underwriting reduced price tickets for students for the four Festival Classics concerts at Barrister Winery and the Festival Finale Concert at St. John’s Cathedral.. Student and Adult single tickets for these five Festival Classics concerts are available to purchase in person at the Spokane City Credit Union, 1930 N. Monroe St. in Spokane (Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm except for banking holidays) with no service fee. Tickets at SCCU are available for cash or checks but no credit/debit card charges. The Student tickets are also available online or by phone (above) at Brown Paper Tickets.

The Festival Classics concerts begin on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 pm with a Festival Classics Concert, An Evening in Vienna,with Australian pianist Piers Lane presenting music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss including the Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545 and Adagio in B minor, K. 540, Beethoven Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) and Schubert Impromptu in G flat, D. 899, No. 3, Schubert/Liszt and Schubert/Godowsky Rosamunde and Fledermaus and closing with Strauss/Schultz-Evler Concert Arabesques on The Beautiful Blue Danube.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane   General Admission $40/Students $18

Festival Classics Concerts continue on Friday, February 24, at 7:30 pm at Barrister Winery with Inspired by Picasso, the Northwest premiere of The Three Dancers by Elena Kats-Chernin, inspired by Picasso’s intriguing masterpiece of the same title, commissioned by Northwest Bach Festival in partnership with El Paso Pro Musica, Sitka Summer Music Festival, Wimbledon International Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Dancenorth. The Festival Ensemble for The Three Dancers features Tana Bachman Bland, violin; Zuill Bailey, cello; Eugene Jablosnky, double bass; Patricia Bartell, accordion; Christopher Parkin, soprano saxophone; Piers Lane, piano; Marty Zyskowski, percussion.  On the second half, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, cello, with guest artist Piers Lane, piano, will present Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major for cello and piano, Op. 69, the first Beethoven sonata to feature the cello as an equal with the keyboard, unlike his previous cello sonatas which were piano with cello obbligato or cello solo with continuo accompaniment. The Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 represents Beethoven’s breakthrough, the creation of a new genre. The concert will close with Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante in C major, Op. 3 for cello and piano.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. General Admission $40/Students $18

 

On Sunday, February 26 at 3 pm, the Northwest Bach Festival takes its first-ever Festival performance to Walla Walla with Bach Goes To Wine Country concert at Foundry Vineyards,

1111 Abadie St. with three J.S. Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord,BWV 1027,

BWV 1028, and BWV 1029 performed by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, cello, and Kraig Scott, harpsichord. Also on the program are Bach’s Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590, Adagio from Organ Toccata in C Major, BWV 564, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. The Bach Sonatas, intensely expressive and technically demanding, are rarely performed apart from Bach Festivals.

Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie St. in Walla Walla General Admission $35

On Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane the Festival continues with Beautiful Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord with John Bodinger, harpsichord, joining Zuill Bailey, cello.  The program includes three J.S. Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord , BWV 1027, BWV 1028, and BWV 1029 and Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590, Adagio from Organ Toccata in C Major, BWV 564, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane  General Admission $40/Students $18

On Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 pm soprano Danielle Talamantes with pianist Ivana Cojbasic perform Saturday Night at Barrister with gorgeous vocal selections from Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, Duke Ellington and more. Danielle is a Metropolitan Opera soprano who also enjoys singing eclectic programs and has released a highly-praised recording from the Duke Ellington Song Book.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. General Admission $40/Students $18

Festival Classics will conclude with a grand Finale Concert in St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. on Sunday, March 5 at 3 pm. The Festival Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Piotr Gajewski, and featured soloist Danielle Talamantes, soprano, with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Elgar’s Serenade in E minor, and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.  Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will close with a tribute performance of Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile for Cello and String Orchestra.

St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. in Spokane

General Admission $45/Students $23

Twilight Interlude Concerts from 6-7 pm are the perfect pause between day and evening with music and no-host wine available.  Doors open at 5:30pm.

The first Twilight Interlude Concert will take place on Tuesday, February 21 when Zuill Bailey, cello, joins John Bodinger, organ, for a program of Bach Sonatas on the historic Holy Trinity organ at

1832 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane.  This special performance marks the first use of this historic organ in many years.

Tickets $25 - Limited to 60.  SOLD OUT

On Wednesday, March 1, the Twilight Interlude will feature a Duo-Cello program when John Marshall, Spokane Symphony’s principal cello, joins Zuill Bailey for a program of Kummer, Boccherini, Bach and Gabrielli selections.
Terra Blanca Winery, formerly Nodland Cellars, 926 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane.

Tickets $20 – Limited to 48.  (Age 21 and over only at Terra Blanca.)  SOLD OUT

Free events of the Festival include two Flash-Bach! performances at Noon on Friday, Feb. 24 and Friday, March 3 with Zuill Bailey and guest artists at downtown venues. Flash-Bach! locations will be announced at 8am the morning of those performances by the Connoisseur Concerts’ email newsletter and on the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page.

Two free Bach’s Lunch concerts will take place at Noon at River Park Square’s Kress Gallery (Third Floor/Behind the Food Court), 808 W. Main Ave. on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, March 2 featuring John Marshall and Zuill Bailey in Duo-Cello selections. The programs, about one hour in length, will be announced at the concerts. Listeners are invited to bring their lunch to the concert or choose something at the nearby food court. The gallery will be set with tables and chairs to facilitate having lunch during the program. Bach’s Lunch performances are popular with all ages.  Free event.

Special Events of the Festival have just been announced:

Bach 17’s First Special Event is on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm at the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University in the rotunda under the blazing Dale Chihuly red chandelier with An Evening With Picasso. Tapas, sangria, music inspired by Spanish cellist and composer Pablo Casals will be performed by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, cello, to open the evening. A showing of a one-hour film, the award-winning Le mystére Picasso, with the great master demonstrating his intriguing creative process. This film, a 1956 documentary on the work of Pablo Picasso, was a Cannes Festival winner.  The artwork Picasso created just for this film was subsequently destroyed and can only be seen in the documentary. The Jundt’s three authorized Picasso prints will be on display, and an easel for collaborative artwork by the concert attendees inspired by this evening will allow for creative inspirations to be expressed in colored pencils.  Shaun O’L. Higgins, of KSPS TV’s Saturday Night Cinema, will host this evening of food, drink, music, art and film.

Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, 200 E. Desmet Ave. in Spokane

Tickets $48 –includes tapas, sangria, music, film. Limited to 60.  SOLD OUT

The Second Special Event of the Festival celebrates Zuill Bailey’s 2017 Grammy Nomination on Thursday, March 2 beginning at 6 pm at Barrister Winery. An Evening With Hemingway will begin with a Parisian-inspired buffet dinner called a Moveable Feast, award-winning Barrister wines will be available, and 2017 Grammy-nominated Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, cello, will perform the Grammy-nominated composer Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, a piece whose premiere performance with the Nashville Symphony is also Grammy nominated. (Triple Grammy nominations - the piece, the composer, Zuill Bailey, cellist.) Pianist Elizabeth DeMio, an audience favorite guest at December Classics in 2014, returns to Spokane from the Cleveland Institute of Music for this special performance. Also on the program will be French composer Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. At the end of the music, an award-winning film that will only be announced at the event will be shown to conclude An Evening With Hemingway. Shaun O’L. Higgins of KSPS TV’s Saturday Night Cinema will host this celebratory evening of Hemingway-inspired music, food and bonus film.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane

Ticket $85 – includes dinner, special musical performance, film.  No-host wines.  Limited to 80

To Close Bach ’17 - LISTEN UP!  EAT UP!  DRINK UP! CELEBRATE! A Festival Finale Celebration on Sunday, March 5 at 5:30 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane will close Bach ’17 with a buffet dinner from the acclaimed Fery’s Catering, Barrister wines, very special Zuill Bailey musical treats, exclusively-curated by William and Marcia Bond art to buy, five exclusive-to-this-event loud auction items with Verne Windham, auctioneer, plus 20 top-quality, unique, culinary-themed silent auction items. General Admission Tickets include the buffet dinner $48 (limited to 100) with tickets in advance only at Brown Paper Tickets or by telephone 800-838-3006.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane

Tickets $48 - Celebration General Admission $48 includes dinner. No-host wines available.

For additional information about Northwest Bach Festival & Series, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

For information or to arrange an interview: gertrude.harvey@frontier.com.

View the calendar for schedule information.