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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

All other tickets, from $25 to $250 will be available at the Fox Box Office, 509-624-1200 and online at  -

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

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.


Summer Classics Concerts August 25-29, 2019

Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

June, 2019

SPOKANE – Northwest BachFest presented by Connoisseur Concerts is a year-around presenter of classical music concerts with BachFest in February/March and May, Mozart On A Summer’s Eve in July, August Summer Classics, December Winter Classics Tour and special events throughout the year.

Sunday, August 25 in Spokane
5:30pm  - Pre-Concert Spanish Paella Dinner catered by Fery’s
7pm – Concert    Spanish Nights – Passionate Music of Spain
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Avenue, Spokane
Artistic Director and 2017 Grammy Award-Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey with Kurt Nikkanen, violin (NY); Scott Rawls, viola (NC); Alfredo Oyaguez, piano (Spain).
A sparkling, passionate program from Spain performed by this outstanding piano quartet -  music of Falla, Granados, Turina, Rodrigo and more.
Pianist Alfredo Oyaguez is Music Director of the Delia International Music Festival in Mallorca, Spain; Kurt Nikkanen is Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra; Scott Rawls is a distinguished professor at University of North Carolina, viola soloist, and a frequent collaborator with Zuill Bailey.
Option One Tickets: $75 includes a pre-concert Spanish Paella Dinner catered by Fery’s with a complimentary glass of Sangria upon arrival.  Award-winning Barrister wines available for purchase by age 21+ throughout the evening.
Option Two Tickets:  $45 for the 7pm performance only
Student Tickets are available for the performance only.
Tickets $75 with Paella Dinner;
$45 General Admission for the performance only (Students $15)

Thursday, August 29 in Spokane
7:30pm   - The Teenage Chopin – Early Genius
Richard Dowling, piano   (back by popular demand after Scott Joplin BachFest concerts in May)
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Avenue, Spokane
Frederic Chopin, born in Warsaw in 1810, created masterpieces as a teen and achieved celebrity status in his home country before debuting into the larger musical world of Europe. Following two sold-out concerts at BachFest in May, Richard Dowling, hailed by the New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” returns with his keyboard genius for a lovely tour of Chopin’s early years
Award-winning Barrister wines available for purchase by age 21 and over.
Tickets $45 General Admission    (Students $15)

Summer Classics 2019 week will also include five private musical fund-raising events as well as community engagement activities.  In addition, filming of Postcards From Spokane will begin in various landmark locations featuring Beethoven String Trios with Kurt Nikkanen, violin; Scott Rawls, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello.

Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, 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-based Northwest BachFest.  More information:

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

For information or to arrange an interview:

View the calendar for schedule information.


Mozart on a Summer's Eve July 16 & 17, 2019

Verne Windham, Music Director

May, 2019

SPOKANE – Connoisseur Concerts will present Magical Musical Evenings for its 29th annual Mozart On A Summer's Eve, with two concerts in July on Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm with a repeat performance on Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm on the lawn East of the Duncan Gardens fountain in Manito Park. The concert site is just off Tekoa Street on the East side of Manito Park; Tekoa is parallel to Grand Boulevard.  (Maps Address – 2124 S. Tekoa).

The first half of the program features Mozart On A Summer’s Eve Music Director Verne Windham with the Connoisseur Concerts Wind Ensemble and and Ann Fennessy, soprano.

The second part of the program presented by Northwest BachFest Artistic Director and Grammy-Winning cellist Zuill Bailey features a group formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003, Break of Reality, with Classical Cello Rock.  Break of Reality is known for their presence on platforms like Spotify and Pandora Radio with millions of views for their Game of Thrones theme and also featured on NPR, PBS, Dateline NBC and other online outlets, recently was featured in BachFest’s December Classics concerts. Break of Reality recently was featured in BachFest’s December Classics concerts. Break of Reality musicians are Patrick Laird, cello; Andrew Janss, cello; Cecily Parnas, cello; Ivan Trevino, percussion.


Reserved tickets to the concerts are at table seating at white linen-covered round tables seating eight. The ticket price for table seating includes a gourmet dessert and coffee provided by Fery’s Catering.  Some tables are designated Prime Seating Tables and are only available as full tables of eight at $360 and are on limited availability basis to be purchased directly through Connoisseur Concerts at 509.326.4942. Tables designated Reserved Seating are available either as full tables for eight ($280) or as individual $35 tickets.  Ticket holders are invited to arrive as early as 5:30 pm to picnic or have a potluck at their reserved table. Dinners may also be ordered directly from Fery’s Catering, 509.458.5234, for delivery to the park at 5:30 pm. This service is available for reserved table seating only once patrons have secured their table numbers. 


Tickets for lawn seating for those who bring their own blankets or chairs are $15 per person and are for the concert only with no food or beverage service. There are no chair height restrictions in the open lawn. The lawn seating area is also open at 5:30pm for picnics.

Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets

TELEPHONE: 1-800-838-3006 (24/7)

Reserved tables and performers will be under tents, and the concerts will take place in Manito Park regardless of weather conditions.  If needed, lawn seating patrons will provide their own rain gear and umbrellas. For additional information, contact Connoisseur Concerts.

For additional information about Mozart on a Summer's Eve, call Connoisseur Concerts at 509-326-4942.

For information or to arrange an interview:

View the calendar for schedule information.