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November, 2017

Northwest BachFest– February 26-March 11, 2018

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

SPOKANE – The 40th Annual Northwest Bach Festival, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director, will begin 14 days of musical excitement with Festival Classics Concerts, Twilight Tour Concerts, a Special Festival Event on Don Quixote, Flash-Bach! appearances, a Grand Festival Celebration Event and more. The Festival begins on Monday, February 26 and continues through Sunday, March 11, 2018 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).

Spokane City Credit Union is underwriting reduced price tickets for students for the five Festival Classics concerts at Barrister Winery and the Festival Finale Concert at St. John’s Cathedral. Student and Adult single tickets for these six 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. Tickets are easily accessed online at the links that follow.

 

The Festival Classics concerts begin on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 pm with the Festival Opening Concert with the Grammy-winning Ying String Quartet and Zuill Bailey, cello, performing, the Mendelssohn String Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 12, the Berg String Quartet, Op. 3 and the Beethoven “Kreutzer” Sonata arranged for String Quintet in A Major, Op. 47. The acclaimed Ying String Quartet tours worldwide with concerts and residencies. They are quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Eastman School of Music with faculty positions in the String and Chamber Music Departments. The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with an imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Beethoven’s most famous sonata, the “Kreutzer,” on this program is beautifully realized in this rare arrangement for string quintet. Some have asked if perhaps Beethoven himself did this wonderful transcription although it apparently was arranged anonymously for five strings in 1832 and from the beginning placed daunting virtuosic demands on its performers.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

Festival Classics Concerts continue on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 pm at Hamilton Studio with the Ying String Quartet and Zuill Bailey, cello, performing a program including a Bach Solo Violin Sonata or Partita, Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 arranged for Cello and String Quartet, and the Arensky Cello Quartet No. 2 in A minor for two cellos. The Schumann Concerto was arranged by Zuill Bailey and the Ying Quartet in consultation with composer Philip Lasser and was released in 2016 by Sono Luminus as Re:Imagined – Schumann & Beethoven. This much-loved Schumann piece requires five virtuosic string musicians to fully explore its tender, yearning qualities and its brilliance.
Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

On Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm, the first week of the Festival concludes at Barrister Winery with the Ying String Quartet, Zuill Bailey, cello, and David Armstrong, viola. The program includes the Mozart Adagio & Fugue, K. 546, the Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major, Op. 74 (the “Harp” Quartet) and the Brahms Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36. The lovely Brahms Sextet No. 2 on the program, written only five years after his first sextet, very clearly demonstrates a maturity and emotional depth that we have come to expect throughout all of Brahms’ later compositions.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

On Monday, March 5, at 7:30 pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane the Festival Classics Concerts continue with a West Coast Premiere of a Laszlo Varga arrangement for Sextet of the popular Richard Strauss Don Quixote with acclaimed Spokane musicians Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet, Emily Browne, horn, joining Matt Herskowitz, piano (returning to the Festival by popular demand after thrilling Festival audiences in 2016) and with Zuill Bailey, cello, playing the part of the romantic dreamer, Don Quixote. The dramatic Ernö Dohnányi Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 will also be featured on the program, a perfect piece to accompany the Don Quixote. Dohnányi’s style is said to be bordered by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

On Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30pm a Festival Special Event will be presented at Hamilton Studio when the Laszlo Varga arrangement for Sextet of the Strauss Don Quixote will be performed with dramatic images from Don Quixote, The Man of La Mancha, projected above the performers. No-host service from a spirits and wine bar offering wines, a special Don Quixote cocktail, and other options will be available. This performance features Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet; Emily Browne, horn; joining Matt Herskowitz, piano (returning to the Festival by popular demand) and with Zuill Bailey, cello, as the romantic dreamer, Don Quixote. The Ernö Dohnányi Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 will be featured on the program along with solo piano styling by the acclaimed Matt Herskowitz.
Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $48

On Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 pm the Don Quixote/Dohnanyi program travels to the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene when the Laszlo Varga arrangement for Sextet of the Strauss Don Quixote will be performed. This performance features Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet; Emily Browne, horn, joining Matt Herskowitz, piano, and with Zuill Bailey, cello, playing the part of the romantic dreamer, Don Quixote. The dramatic Ernö Dohnányi Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 will also be featured on the program.
Hagadone Event Center, 900 Floating Green Drive in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
General Admission $35/Students $15

Festival Classics continue on Friday, March 9 at 7:30pm with Friday Night at Barrister with pianist Matt Herskowitz performing music from Gottschalk to Gershwin and featuring Chip Phillips, clarinet, and Zuill Bailey, cello, joining Matt for the Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor along with other selections that will feature Zuill Bailey, cello.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

Festival Classics will conclude with a grand Finale Concert in St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. on Sunday, March 11 at 3 pm. This concert will feature the artistry of John Bodinger, organ, in virtuosic solo work along with Hebraic Rhapsodies for cello and organ: Bruch Kol Nidre and the Bloch Schelomo with Zuill Bailey, cello. The Rheinberger Trio for Violin, Cello and Organ with a violinist to be announced will be on the program along with organ selections still to be announced.
St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

A four-concert Bach @ Barrister Festival Series is available for a limited time for $105, $35 off the individual ticket prices and the equivalent of a free concert for early purchase. This series is for the Festival Classics concerts on Feb. 27 and March 4, 5, 9 at Barrister Winery. This Early Purchase Discount Offer expires on January 15, 2018.

Twilight Interlude Concerts from 6-7 pm are the perfect pause between day and evening with music and no-host wine available. Information on dates and venues coming soon.

Free events of the Festival include two Flash-Bach! performances at Noon on Friday, March 2 and Friday, March 9 with Zuill Bailey and guest artists at downtown venues. Flash-Bach! locations will be announced at 8am the morning of those performances by the Northwest BachFest 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, March 1 and Thursday, March 8 featuring Zuill Bailey and guest performers. 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 Event of the Festival:
To Close Bach ’18 - LISTEN UP! EAT UP! DRINK UP! CELEBRATE! A Festival Finale Celebration
with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane will close Bach ’18 with a buffet dinner from the acclaimed Fery’s Catering, award-winning no-host Barrister wines, pianist Matt Herskowitz’s musical treats, art exclusively-curated by William and Marcia Bond to buy, several exclusive-to-this-event loud auction items with Verne Windham and friends, auctioneers, plus 20 top-quality, unique, culinary-themed silent auction items.
General Admission Tickets include the buffet dinner (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.


October, 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: nwbachfest.com

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. zuillbailey.com

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, in Coeur d’Alene at the Hagadone Event Center 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
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. The first half of the program will be selections from the Bach Suites for Solo Cello.
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.
Special performance by 2017 Triple Grammy Winner Zuill Bailey, cello, with Greg Presley, 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 in Coeur d’Alene with Spokane’s Greg Presley, piano. The first half of the program will be selections from the Bach Suites for Solo Cello.
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
Break of Reality has reached millions via social media platforms including its popular Game of Thrones theme on You Tube.
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
Three cellos and percussion! A combination of classical, rock and world music
Break of Reality has reached millions via social media platforms including its popular Game of Thrones theme on You Tube. Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey is a 2017 Triple Grammy Winning cellist.
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 www.brownpapertickets.com 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.

Greg Presley – An instructor of piano at Gonzaga University and in his private studio, Greg Presley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at Yale University (Cum Laude in music) and Master of Music at the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Josef Raieff, He was also a student of the nationally recognized piano teacher Margaret Ott. Greg has received numerous awards in piano competitions and has appeared with the Spokane Symphony and other orchestras. Following graduation, he made a career initially by working with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York and then on the faculty of Florida State University. He has premiered and showcased a number of composers ‘works written for dance.

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. www.breakofreality.com

 


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.