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Northwest BachFest February 26 – March 11, 2018

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director


January 2018

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 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. 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 2017 Triple–Grammy winning 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, 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 with Robin Scott of the Ying Quartet, violin, performing the J.S. Bach Sonata No. 1. in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001, 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 with a recording released in 2016 by Sono Luminus as Re:Imagined – Schumann & Beethoven. This much–loved piece requires five virtuosic string musicians to fully explore its brilliance and yearning. Five Grammy Winners on stage together is not to be missed.
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 String Sextet No. 2 on the program, written only five years after his first string 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 LaszloVarga 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. 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 LaszloVarga 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 wandering, romantic dreamer, Don Quixote. The 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 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.
St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15

Series Tickets:

A Full BachFest 40th Anniversary Series is available with tickets to the four Festival Classics Concerts at Barrister Winery, the Festival Finale concert at St. John’s Cathedral, and the two Twilight @ Barrister performances. $200 for all seven concerts.

Twilight At Barrister 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.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $20

The first Twilight Concert will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm when the Ying String Quartet and Zuill Bailey will perform at Barrister Winery. The program will be announced at the event.
General Admission $20

The Twilight Concerts continue on Tuesday, March 6 at 6pm with Cello and Piano Selections performed by Zuill Bailey and Matt Herskowitz.  The program will be announced at the event.
General Admission $20

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 – A Grand Celebration:

To Close Bach ’18 – LISTEN UP! EAT UP! DRINK UP! CELEBRATE! 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.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
Tickets $75 — Grand Celebration General Admission $75 includes dinner. No–host Barrister 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.