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Northwest BachFest Week 1 February 24 - March 1, 2020

October, 2019

SPOKANE – Northwest BachFest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and Executive Director Gertrude Harvey have worked since Bailey’s 2013 appointment to expand the traditional Bach Festival into a year-around presence with a geographic area served now expanded to Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Walla Walla as well as expanding its major presence in Spokane.  Concerts now take place in February/March, May, July, August and December.

Overture pre-concert appearances feature student musicians in brief performances 15 minutes prior to the main concert to help develop their presentation skills.  In addition, BachFest offers community engagement activities in business and government buildings, hospitals, shelters, and other places for sharing music with the wider community as well as free Bach’s Lunch performances, Pop-Up performances, and educational activities in schools.

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 2020 BachFest concerts bring a Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and continue a complete cycle of his famous string quartets which began with Winter Classics 2019 with The Ariel Quartet.  BachFest Week One concerts are at Barrister Winery in Spokane and in Coeur d’Alene at the Hagadone Event Center.  The Beethoven quartets performed in these concerts are interspersed with quartets by three later composers for developmental perspective. 

Widely considered some of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, the complete cycle consists of 16 quartets divided into three periods: early, when the composer was strongly influenced by Haydn and Mozart; middle, including three quartets that honored Russian Count Razumovsky; and late, a reflection of the final years of his life.  Quartets to be performed for each BachFest Week 1 concerts are listed.

The Attacca String Quartet, internationally acclaimed and praised as one of the most dynamic ensembles of their generation. “The Strad” credits the quartet for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years.”  They were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003. Since the Quartet’s inception, they have won prestigious awards in several international competitions.

Quartet members are:  Amy Schroeder, Keiko Tokunaga, Nathan Schram, Andrew Yee


Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7:30pm, Spokane

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave

Attacca String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Gabriella Smith:  Carrot Revolution
Beethoven:  Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
No-host, award-winning Barrister wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6:30pm.
Barrister Winery is an all-ages venue.
Tickets $35  General Admission /Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401813


Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30pm, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Hagadone Event Center, 908 Floating Green Dr.

Attacca String Quartet
Beethoven:  Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Caroline Shaw:  Entr’acte
Beethoven: Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
No-host bar at the Hagadone Center available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6:30pm. All-ages venue.
Tickets $40/ General Admission/Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401826


Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30pm, Spokane

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave

Attacca String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet No. 10 in E-flat minor, Op. 74  “Harp”
John Adams: Quartet No. 2
Beethoven: Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
No-host, award-winning Barrister wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6:30pm.
Barrister Winery is an all-ages venue.
Tickets $35/ General Admission/Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401838 


Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30pm, Spokane

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Attacca String Quartet
Beethoven:  Quartet in F minor, Op. 95  “Serioso”
Beethoven:  Quartet in No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 “Razumovsky”
No-host, award-winning Barrister wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 2pm.
Barrister Winery is an all-ages venue.
Tickets $35/ General Admission/Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401848


Tickets to all BachFest Week One performances are available now at brownpapertickets.com or by telephone, 800-838-3006 (24/7 answering).   Custom links at nwbachfest.com for tickets.


For additional information about the Northwest BachFest, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

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

View the calendar for schedule information.

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Northwest BachFest Announces Winter Classics December 2019

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director


September, 2019

SPOKANE - Northwest BachFest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and Executive Director Gertrude Harvey have worked since Bailey’s 2013 appointment to expand the traditional Bach Festival into a year-around presence with a geographic area served now expanded to Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Walla Walla as well as expanding its major presence in Spokane.  Concerts now take place in February/March, May, July, August and December.

Overture pre-concert appearances feature student musicians in brief performances 15 minutes prior to the main concert to help develop their presentation skills.  In addition, BachFest offers community engagement activities in business and government buildings, hospitals, shelters, and other places for sharing music with the wider community as well as free Bach’s Lunch performances, Pop-Up performances, and educational activities in schools.

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 2019 Winter Classics concerts will be a Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year and begins a complete cycle of his famous string quartets which will be completed in Week One of Northwest BachFest, February 24-March 1, 2020.    Winter Classics 2019 concerts are in Coeur d’Alene at the Hagadone Event Center, and Barrister Winery and Hamilton Studio in Spokane.

The Beethoven quartets are interspersed with quartets by Mozart, Bartok, Shostakovich and Tan Dun for added perspective. 

Widely considered some of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, the complete cycle consists of 16 quartets divided into three periods: early, when the composer was strongly influenced by Haydn and Mozart; middle, including three quartets that honored Russian Count Razumovsky; and late, a reflection of the final years of his life.  Quartets to be performed for the Winter Classics concerts are listed.

The Ariel String Quartet, distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly 20 years ago, when its members were middle-school students, the quartet now serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.   https://www.arielquartet.com/the-quartet 

Quartet members are:   Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello.

Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Hagadone Event Center, 908 Floating Green Dr.
 

Ariel String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4

Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2

Beethoven:  Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. No. 15

No-host bar at the Hagadone Center available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6:30pm. 

All-ages venue.

Tickets $40  General Admission /Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4344825


Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30pm, Spokane
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Ariel String Quartet
Mozart:  Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
Bartók :  Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz. 40
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, No. 13

No-host, award-winning Barrister wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

Barrister Winery is an all-ages venue.

Tickets $35/ General Admission/Students $15 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328360

 

Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm, Spokane
Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave.

Ariel String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5

Tan Dun: Eight Colors for String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3

Tickets $35/ General Admission/Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4344840


Sunday, December 8 at 3pm, Spokane
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Ariel String Quartet
Beethoven:  Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Beethoven:  Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

No-host, award-winning Barrister wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 2pm.

Barrister Winery is an all-ages venue.

Tickets $35/ General Admission/Students $15

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328369


A Beethoven Birthday Pass to all performances of the complete cycle in December and February is available starting October 15 for $250.

Tickets to all Winter Classics performances are available now at brownpapertickets.com or by telephone, 800-838-3006 (24/7 answering).


For additional information about Winter Classics, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

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

View the calendar for schedule information.

Itzhak Perlman Photo By Lisa Marie Mazzucco

BachFest to present violinist Itzhak Perlman in recital Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:30pm

Northwest BachFest, Zuill Bailey Artistic Director, to present a special event,  Super-Star Violinist Itzhak Perlman, Spokane, Monday, January 13, 2020

July, 2019

SPOKANE: Connoisseur Concerts is proud to present “An Evening with Itzhak Perlman,” an intimate evening of music and storytelling featuring Itzhak Perlman , one of the world greatest violinists, sharing anecdotes from his life and career and performing with his longtime pianist Rohan De Silva.  This BachFest Legacy concert will be presented in Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:30pm.

Tickets on sale Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. with prices ranging from $25 to $250 at the Fox Theater Box Office, by phone 509-624-1200 and at foxtheaterspokane.org.

All other tickets, from $25 to $250 will be available at the Fox Box Office, 509-624-1200 and online at foxtheaterspokane.org  - https://secure.foxtheaterspokane.org/27/itzhakperlman

In addition to general ticket sales, a very limited number of VIP tickets with seating in the first three rows with a Meet The Artist reception remain available for $500 each. Call Connoisseur Concerts directly only for the VIP tickets, 509-326-4942, or email gertrude@nwbachfest.com

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates.

In January 2009, Perlman, winner of numerous Grammy awards, was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing with clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In December 2003 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts granted Perlman a Kennedy Center Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation. In May 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.

Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena at age 13 with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Itzhak Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.