NW BachFest

Calendar of Events

The Annual Northwest Bach Festival & Series presented by Connoisseur Concerts has expanded into a year-around presenter of classical music concerts by adding to the February/March Festival a December Winter Classics Series and SummerFest Series. Performances take place in Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Walla Walla, Washington.

Northwest BachFest

February 27 - March 11, 2018

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 Festival Grand Celebration Event and more. The Festival begins on Monday, February 26 and continues through Sunday, March 11, 2018 at a variety of Spokane venues.

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.

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Tuesday, February 27 7:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane
Ying String Quartet (Robin Scott, violin - Janet Ying, violin - Phillip Ying, viola - David Ying, cello); Zuill Bailey, cello

Festival Opening Concert - Mendelssohn / Berg / Beethoven

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. 

General Admission $35/Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Friday, March 2 7:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave., Spokane
Ying String Quartet (Robin Scott, violin - Janet Ying, violin - Phillip Ying, viola - David Ying, cello); Zuill Bailey, cello

Bach / Schumann Concerto / Arensky

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. 

General Admission $35/Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Sunday, March 4 3:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane
Ying String Quartet (Robin Scott, violin - Janet Ying, violin - Phillip Ying, viola - David Ying, cello); Zuill Bailey, cello; David Armstrong, viola

Mozart / Beethoven / Brahms

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.

General Admission $35/Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Monday, March 5 7:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane
Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet; Emily Browne, horn; Matt Herskowitz, piano; Zuill Bailey, cello

Don Quixote / Dohnanyi

On Monday, March 5, at 7:30 pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane the Festival Classics Concerts continue with a West Coast Premiereof 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.

General Admission $35/Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Wednesday, March 7 7:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave., Spokane
Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet; Emily Browne, horn; Matt Herskowitz, piano; Zuill Bailey, cello

Festival Special Event - Don Quixote / Dohnanyi

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.

General Admission $48    Buy Tickets


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Thursday, March 8 7:30pm Coeur d'Alene Idaho

Concert at Hagadone Event Center, 900 Floating Green Drive, Coeur d'Alene
Mateusz Wolski, violin; Nick Carper, viola; Daniel Cotter, bass clarinet; Emily Browne, horn; Matt Herskowitz, piano; Zuill Bailey, cello

Don Quixote / Dohnanyi

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.

General Admission $35/Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Friday, March 9 7:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane
Matt Herskowitz, piano; Chip Phillips, clarinet; Zuill Bailey, cello

Gottschalk to Gershwin

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.

General Admission $35 / Students $15    Buy Tickets


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Sunday, March 11 3:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd., Spokane
Matt Herskowitz, piano; Chip Phillips, clarinet; Zuill Bailey, cello.

Finale Concert

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 virtuoso solo work on Bach’s original instrument, the organ, plus selections for cello and organ with Zuill Bailey, cello.  The program includes J.S. Bach Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582; Max Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47; Ernest Bloch Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Solo Cello and Organ; César Franck Choral No. 1 in E Major, FWV 38.

General Admission $35 / Students $15    Buy Tickets


Special Events

March 1 - 8, 2018

Bach's Lunch, Festival Film Classics, Master Classes, An Evening of Elegance, and two Flash-Bach! noon concerts in business, government and medical buildings all around town.

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Thursday, March 1 12:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at River Park Square's Kress Gallery (3rd Floor/Behind the Food Court), 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane
Zuill Bailey, cello; Guest Performers

Bach's Lunch Concert

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


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Friday, March 2 12:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at TBA, TBA, Spokane
Zuill Bailey, cello; Guest Artists

Flash-Bach!

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.

Free


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Thursday, March 8 12:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at River Park Square's Kress Gallery (3rd Floor/Behind the Food Court), 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane
Zuill Bailey, cello; Guest Performers

Bach's Lunch Concert

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


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Friday, March 9 12:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at TBA, TBA, Spokane
Zuill Bailey, cello; Guest Artists

Flash-Bach!

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.

Free


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Sunday, March 11 5:30pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane
Matt Herskowitz, piano.

Listen Up! Eat Up! Drink Up! Celebrate! - A Festival Finale Celebration

A Festival Finale Grand 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 amazing musical treats, an inspiring Flamenco dance performance, several exclusive–to–this–event very, very special loud auction items with Bryan Walker, Ted McGregor, Verne Windham and friends, auctioneers, plus 20 top–quality, unique, culinary–themed silent auction items.

General Admission Tickets include the buffet dinner (limited to 150) with tickets in advance only at Brown Paper Tickets or by telephone 800–838–3006.

General Admission $75 (include buffet dinner - limited to 150)    Buy Tickets


Mozart on a Summer's Eve

July 16 - 17, 2018

The Mozart On A Summer’s Eve concerts are under the artistic direction of their founder Verne Windham, an award-winning professional musician and KPBX Public Radio's Program Director. The concerts are held in one of Spokane's most beautiful public outdoor settings, Manito Park. The Mozart concerts are appealing to those just beginning to hear classical forms of music while still being satisfying to more seasoned listeners. The garden setting is intimate and pleasant, and the Mozart concerts are considered a true celebration of summertime in Spokane, friendliness, community and beauty. Tickets will go on sale on May 1. Details to be announced.

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Tuesday, July 17 7:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Manito Park, 1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane
Performers to be announced.

Mozart on a Summer’s Eve

Details to be announced. Concert area opens at 5:30pm for pre-concert picnics.

   (Tickets go on sale on May 1st, 2018)


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Wednesday, July 18 7:00pm Spokane Washington

Concert at Manito Park, 1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane
Performers to be announced.

Mozart on a Summer’s Eve

Details to be announced. Concert area opens at 5:30pm for pre-concert picnics.

   (Tickets go on sale on May 1st, 2018)


SummerFest

August 24 - 30, 2018

Details to be announced.

Winter Classics

December 3 - 8, 2018

Details to be announced.