Press Releases

September, 2017

December Winter Classics

Northwest BachFest

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

SPOKANE - The 40th Northwest BachFest will be held in Spokane February 26 – March 11, 2018. Artistic Director Zuill Bailey has curated an array of concerts and events for the Festival featuring visiting and local artists. Bach ’18 full details coming soon:

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, a Triple Grammy Winner in 2017 and a world-renowned performing artist in cello, is a highly-acclaimed recording artist with over 20 releases which consistently reach the top of Classical Billboard Charts. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today with a busy touring schedule world-wide as guest artist. Praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing” (Gramophone Magazine), Bailey is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world.

The 2017 December Winter Classics concerts will feature a visiting group for Cello Rock with Break of Reality, three cellists and a percussionist. Zuill Bailey, cello, will perform a concert in Walla Walla at Foundry Vineyards and will also be featured on the closing concert with Break of Reality.


Tuesday, December 5, Walla Walla, Washington
7:30pm at Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie Street
Special performance by 2017 Triple Grammy Winner Zuill Bailey, cello, with Jackie Wood, piano, performing Tales of Hemingway
Zuill Bailey, cello, performing Tales of Hemingway for which he won three 2017 Grammy Awards performing/recording this piece by composer Michael Daugherty who also was awarded a 2017 Grammy for composition. In addition to his guest artist appearances with orchestras with Tales of Hemingway, Bailey also performs this new piece with piano. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to present this program with Walla Walla's Jackie Wood, piano.
Thank you to the Walla Walla Piano Group and Foundry Vineyards.
Tickets $40 General Admission (all ages

Wednesday, December 6, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
7:30pm at Hagadone Event Center, 900 Floating Green Dr.
Break of Reality – Cello Rock
Three cellos and percussion! A combination of classical, rock and world music
Tickets $40 General Admission (all ages)

Thursday, December 7, Spokane
7:30pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Break of Reality – Cello Rock

Three cellos and percussion! A combination of classical, rock and world music
Tickets $40 General Admission (all ages)

Friday, December 8, Spokane
7:30pm at Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific
Co-Presented with Terrain

Break of Reality - Cello Rock and Zuill Bailey solo Tickets - 80 seats available at $45; 200 standing spots available $20 in advance or $25 at the concert (if available).


Tickets to all Winter Classics performances are available at or by telephone, 800-838-3006. Use the buttons above for easy access to tickets.

Jackie Wood – Senior lecturer in music at Whitman College is a musician and teacher who enjoys performing and teaching chamber music as well as four-hand and two-piano literature. She teaches piano and collaborative piano at Whitman where she delights in mentoring students from a wide range of majors who love making music at the piano. A graduate of Whitman College with a degree in history, she earned her M.Mus. in Piano Performance from Washington State University where she studied with Gerald Berthiuame. She serves as pianist/organist for First Congregational Church in Walla Walla and is a founding member of the Walla Walla Piano Group. The Piano Group recently acquired and donated a Steinway grand piano, restored by Ken Eschete, to the Walla Walla community for use by non-profit organizations.

Break of Reality -  Having sold out concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Break of Reality is regarded as one of the world’s premier alt-classical chamber ensembles. The band’s signature cello rock sound has bridged the gap between classical, rock and world music listeners, and in 2015 the members of Break of Reality were appointed music ambassadors by the U.S. State Department.

Formed in 2003 at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Break of Reality has gone on to reach millions of listeners via platforms like Spotify and Pandora Radio, and their rendition of the Game of Thrones theme has over 16 million views on YouTube. The band has released four full length albums, including The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), Covers (2012), and Ten (2014). Their music has been featured on a variety of radio, television and internet outlets, including NPR, PBS, Dateline NBC, Yahoo Music and Huffington Post.

In addition to performing and recording, Break of Reality is dedicated to educational initiatives through music. The group has visited hundreds of public schools around the world, performing alongside music students and encouraging them to think outside of the box with their classical instruments. The band has also developed a DIY Lecture Series, designed to empower budding classical musicians with practical, real world music business knowledge.

Break of Reality performers for the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene concerts are Patrick Laird, Laura Metcalf and Cecily Parnas on cello with Ivan Trevino, percussion.  Included in the program’s arrangements will be Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, a movement from a Bach cello suite, original pieces from their three albums , and  music from Radiohead, Weezer, Tool and from the group’s Game of Thrones theme.


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

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