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2019 Northwest BachFest features J.S. Bach’s monumental music Kicks off with Well-Tempered Clavier March 3 at St. John’s Cathedral

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director


Fall, 2018

SPOKANE – The week-long Northwest BachFest 2019 showcases the monumental works of J.S. Bach with exciting and innovative performances in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene March 3-10. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 1 at www.nwbachfest.com/calendar.  Tickets also available by telephone with 24/7 answering, 800-838-3006.

Week two of 2019 Northwest BachFest, May 24-29, will soon be announced.

The festival begins on Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm at St. John’s Cathedral with the distinguished Russian-American pianist Yuliya Gorenman presenting a Bach Extravaganza, a rare complete performance of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I.  Gorenman’s acclaimed Bach Project gives audiences an extraordinary opportunity to experience a complete performance of this timeless Bach masterpiece, rarely heard in one performance.

Award-winning Russian-born American pianist Gorenman has rightfully been called a "pianist without fear." Now firmly established in her performing career, Gorenman first achieved international acclaim as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 1995. Since then she has been invited to perform solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the United States and in Europe, and, in the process, has earned consistent praise for her artistic fire, for her fluid and unpretentious technique, and for the lyrical honesty and generosity of her playing. After emigrating to the United States in 1987, she studied first at the San Francisco Conservatory and then at the Peabody Conservatory.

After leaving the former Soviet Union, Gorenman earned a steady procession of awards and honors. She performed in numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival she appeared in a PBS educational video for Sony Classical with Seiji Ozawa and Wynton Marsalis. Also at Tanglewood, Gorenman gave a joint concert with Billy Joel, performing his classical concert works, which she also arranged. The concert was broadcast nationally on NPR.

Gorenman is an Advisor to the Board of Governors of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY).  She is professor of piano and Musician in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC.

Opening BachFest Concert:  Sunday, March 3 at 3pm  - Yuliya Gorenman’s Bach Extravaganza
St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3619812

BachFest Concerts continue on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm at Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene when Yuliya Gorenman presents the first of two performances of her arrangement for one piano of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ScheherazadeIt is an exhilarating, fairy tale journey with stories woven by the master storyteller Scheherazade, guided by the master pianist Yuliya Gorenman!

When Gorenman presented this program recently for El Paso Pro Musica where Zuill Bailey is also artistic director, the El Paso Times wrote:  “The highlight of the performance was Yuliya Gorenman's brilliant arrangement for one piano of Rimski-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." Her amazing dexterity, astounding technique, and emotional grasp of the music evoked every exotic nuance of the piece composed for grand symphony orchestra. Standing ovations from an appreciative audience clamored for her poignant encores.  Bravo to Bailey for bringing an unequaled musical experience to El Paso.”

Yuliya Gorenman’s Scheherazade in Coeur d’Alene
Hagadone Event Center, 908 Floating Green Drive in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
General Admission $35/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3620530

The second performance of Gorenman’s Scheherazade will be presented on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm at Barrister Winery
Yuliya Gorenman’s Scheherazade at Barrister Winery
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3619841

On Thursday, March 7 at 7pm BachFest returns to the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene for The B-A-C-H Prism when the Richter String Ensemble will present the first of two performances of J.S. Bach’s final and enduring work, Art Of The Fugue, with brief musical wavelengths bouncing off Bach’s light by composers Berio, Dutilleux and Penderecki interspersed into the masterpiece.
B-A-C-H Prism – Art of the Fugue in Coeur d’Alene
Hagadone Event Center, 908 Floating Green Drive in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
General Admission $35/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3620543

Art of The Fugue, which Bach was working on towards the end of his life and never completed has 15 canons and four fugues, all based on a single musical idea, and are a reflection of meticulous craftsmanship and brilliant technique in counterpoint.  The B-A-C-H Prism program is interspersed with short waves of light by 20th-century composers, which bounce off the prism cast by Bach in his final and enduring work, one of combined simplicity and complexity.

The Richter String Ensemble is a new chamber music initiative founded by internationally renowned violinist and director Rodolfo Richter.  Primarily a string quartet, the ensemble took root in 2015 on tour in Berlin with the baroque orchestra B’Rock and includes musicians from three continents.  The Richter Ensemble includes its founder Rodolfo Richter, UK, violin; Rebecca Huber, The Netherlands, violin; David Wish, France, viola; and Jennifer Morsches, USA, cello.

The second performance of The B-A-C-H Prism will be presented by the Richter String Ensemble on Friday, March 8 at 7pm at Barrister Winery in Spokane.
B-A-C-H Prism – Art of the Fugue at Barrister Winery
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. in Spokane
General Admission $35/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3622883

A free Bach’s Lunch concert 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 7 when pianist Yuliya Gorenman will present highlights from BachFest concerts and more. The program, about one hour in length, will be announced at the concerts. Listeners are invited to bring their lunches 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.

Other free events of Northwest BachFest includes a Flash-Bach! performance at Noon on Friday,  March 8 with Zuill Bailey and guest artists at a downtown Spokane venue. The Flash-Bach! location will be announced at 8am the morning of performance by the Northwest BachFest email newsletter and on the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page. In addition, the location will be announced by Spokane Public Radio and online print media.

Special Finale Event of the 2019 Northwest BachFest

Fundraising Dinner and Auction to celebrate the conclusion of  Bach ’19The fourth annual BachFest Finale Celebration with host Artistic Director Zuill Bailey on Sunday, March 10 at 5:30 pm at Barrister Winery will close BachFest ’19 with dinner by the acclaimed Fery’s Catering, award-winning no-host Barrister wines, and an exclusive cello performance by Triple-Grammy winning Artistic Director Zuill Bailey.  Six exclusive-to-this-event loud auction items will go to the highest bidder guided by auctioneer Jeff Owens, including a Pig Roast and Dinner hosted in a private home, an Italian Dinner for 12 people by Gina Lanza, former owner of Amore and the Anaconda Grill, a BachFest Summer Classics Spanish-themed concert followed by Tapas and Wine with Zuill Bailey in an art-collector’s home, and more.  In addition, 20 top-quality, unique, culinary-themed silent auction items, a Cork Pull that includes several high-end wines, and other delights are planned.  Seating is limited.

Celebration tickets are available in advance only at Brown Paper Tickets or by telephone, CALL 800-838-3006.
Tickets $50 -  Admission includes dinner and the Zuill Bailey performance.  No-host Barrister wines available.

Student Ticket Underwriter and BachFest Concert Tickets Sold Onsite:

Spokane City Credit Union underwrites reduced- price Student Tickets for BachFest Classics concerts. Student and Adult single tickets for these 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.

Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


For additional information about Northwest Bach Festival & Series, 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 2018 Bailey leads movement to year-around presence in expanded geographic area

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director


September, 2018

SPOKANE – Northwest BachFest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and Executive Director Gertrude Harvey have worked over  six years since Bailey’s 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 programs within its major presence in Spokane. Concerts now take place in March, May, July, August and December. 

New this season, an Overture pre-concert feature presents student musicians in brief performances 20 minutes prior to the main concert to help develop their presentation skills.  In addition, community engagement activities in 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 take place.

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 2018 Winter Classics concerts will feature music for a Piano Quartet with Benjamin Breen, violin (New York); Martin Sher, viola (North Carolina); Zuill Bailey, cello; Awadagin Pratt (Ohio) in concerts in Walla Walla at Foundry Vineyards, in Coeur d’Alene at the Hagadone Event Center, and Barrister Winery in Spokane.

Tuesday, December 4 at 7pm, Walla Walla, Washington
Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie Street
Benjamin Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello; Awadagin Pratt, piano

A beautiful program featuring Schumann Piano Quartet and Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor.
The concert is approximately 75 minutes and will run without intermission.
No-host Foundry wines available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6pm.
Foundry Vineyards is an all-ages venue.
Thank you to the Walla Walla Piano Group
Tickets $30 General Admission/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608983

Thursday, December 6 at 7pm, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho                                                                       Hagadone Event Center, 908 Floating Green Dr.
Benjamin Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello; Awadagin Pratt, piano
A beautiful program featuring Schumann Piano Quartet and Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor.
The concert is approximately 75 minutes and will run without intermission.
No-host bar at the Hagadone Center available for age 21 and over.  Doors open at 6pm.
All-ages venue.
Tickets $40 General Admission/Students $15
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608990

Sunday, December 9 at 3pm, Spokane
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Benjamin Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello; Awadagin Pratt, piano
A beautiful program featuring Schumann Piano Quartet and Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor.
The concert is approximately 75 minutes and will run without intermission.
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/3608994

Tickets to all Winter Classics performances are available at brownpapertickets.com or by telephone, 800-838-3006.  Use the custom links at nwbachfest.com for tickets.

Zuill Bailey, a 2017 Triple Grammy Winner, is widely considered one of the premier cellists in the world.  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. Praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing” (Gramophone Magazine). Bailey, a top selling recording artist, is Artistic Director of music festivals in Texas, Alaska and Arizona as well as Artistic Director of the Spokane Northwest BachFest.  More information: zuillbailey.com


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

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

View the calendar for schedule information.