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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

Piano Quartet music by Arensky, Bach, Brahms, Mozart and more.
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
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
Piano Quartet music by Arensky, Bach, Brahms, Mozart and more.
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
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
Piano Quartet music by Arensky, Bach, Brahms, Mozart and more.
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
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.