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Northwest BachFest Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

Across The Miles Series 20/21 (October 2020- April 2021)

Music Brings Us Together

September 15, 2020

SPOKANE – Northwest BachFest announces Across The Miles series, October 2020 through April 2021.  Artistic Director Zuill Bailey has curated a varied array of programs for 2020/21 in this exciting new series, Across The Miles, that will serve to expand the program reach of Northwest BachFest.  Realizing that many music lovers will choose not to attend live events for quite some time and with the desire to reach those people as well as many others who are already unable to attend public performances, an online series will continue after live events are again being presented.

Northwest BachFest’s Across The Miles series offers the sights and sounds of live performances in high-definition video and high-fidelity audio for favorite devices – PCs, laptops, tablets, smart phones or smart TVs. These performances offer Better Than A Front Row Seat experiences right in viewers’ homes.

Each performance video on the BachFest private YouTube channel and accessed with a code provided with ticket purchase will be available for four designated days unless otherwise noted.  Passes to the performances are per household at $20 each or $100 for a six-performance package. Included with the performances – Artistic Director Zuill Bailey’s Happy Hour chats with the performers.

The series begins with:

The Intimate World of Cole Porter
Rob Kapilow with What Makes It Great?  illuminates the joy and wonder of timeless music with this exploration of the sophisticated combination of Cole Porter’s music and lyrics.
October 23-26

Beethoven, Chopin and More - the Dazzling Richard Dowling, piano
Scott Joplin’s music came to life with Richard Dowling’s recent Northwest BachFest performances, and now Richard, dapper, dazzling and delightful, explores Beethoven, Chopin and Gottschalk, a guaranteed audience pleaser for music lovers.
November 20-23

Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash!
The amazing Adam Golka, piano
Celebrating Beethoven – Three Dreamy Sonatas for Piano.
Award-winning pianist Adam Golka celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday (December 16, 1770) by performing all 32 Sonatas for Piano going hand in hand with his next recordings by First Hand Records.  This performance features three favorites.
December 11-14

The Singing Siren - Classical Cabaret
Effervescent, Feisty, Fanciful – An Unforgettable Evening!
Live from NYC with Shelly Watson
Shelly Watson, Juilliard graduate, opera singer and Met Opera outreach artist follows her love for comedy, improvisation, costume design, set design, event hosting as a “Femcee” and creates enthralling entertainment events encompassing these elements.
Saturday, January 16, 2021   LIVE at 7:30pm PST

The Electrifying Duo Parnas – Rising Stars
Madelyn Parnas, violin & Cicely Parnas, cello
This award-winning sisterly duo captivates audiences across the globe in prestigious concert halls. BachFest audiences loved Cicely in recent appearances with Cello-bration and Break of Reality. It will be a great pleasure to meet Madelyn as well in this program.
March 19-22

Chopin Re-imagined & All Jazzed Up!
Matt Herkowitz, piano
Combining a superlative technique of classical virtuosity with jazz and improvisation, the singular Matt Herskowitz returns to BachFest with his original jazz arrangements of Chopin’s Etudes.  Frédéric Chopin’s elegance meets Matt Herskowitz’s cutting-edge imagination and dazzling virtuosity.
April 22-26

BachFest is happy to announce that the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox will serve as our new ticket vendor with Online Only passes at this time.

Across The Miles Tickets:  $20 per household for each performance or $100 for the Six-Series Package

Tickets go on sale on October 1st.


2020/21 Special Events

Dates to be announced:

Celebrate with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey the 10th Anniversary of his landmark recording of J.S. Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in three separate performances.

Support for the 2020/21 Across The Miles series is provided by generous BachFest supporters committed to preserving the organization’s music, education and community engagement programs and  is underwritten by the Gloria Miner Charitable Music Foundation.

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 and special events throughout the year. BachFest engages in the community with musical visits to hospitals reaching neo-natal ICUs, Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Units, Cardiac Care Units, hospice settings and more along with educational programs in area schools. During restrictions for live performances, BachFest has turned attention to presenting high-quality concerts each month via its private YouTube channel with links posted on NWBachFest.com as well as free of charge streaming programs to maintain community engagement activities.

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 and music educator and awards-winning musical innovator, is Artistic Director of music festivals in Texas, Alaska and Arizona as well as Artistic Director of Northwest BachFest. zuillbailey.com

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Northwest BachFest Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director

Musical “Postcards from Spokane” Project


August 10, 2020

SPOKANE – Northwest BachFest prepares to launch an exciting new project on August 17, “Postcards from Spokane,” through digital marketing platforms reaching thousands of people. Goals for the project are to keep Spokane in focus as a desirable cultural destination when regular travel resumes, to further BachFest’s position as a presenter of classical music with extremely high-quality performances, and to give viewers short selections of some of the world’s most beautiful music being performed in some of Spokane’s unforgettable historic venues.

“Postcards from Spokane” was initiated in mid-July 2019 and was originally considered a longer-term endeavor pending available staff time to develop funding for production and distribution.  Artistic Director Zuill Bailey proposed doing some musical video vignettes in historic Spokane venues to be called “Postcards from Spokane” to keep BachFest in public focus between its regularly scheduled concert series taking place every three months.

By August 2019, Executive Director Gertrude Harvey had selected and reserved five iconic locations for the Postcards, and with the artistry and support of Don Hamilton and Lorna St. John of Hamilton Studio in Spokane and their talented crew, videotaping began the end of August 2019 in the Historic Davenport Hotel’s Isabella Room, Hall of Doges, and the Grand Lobby along with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Barrister Winery’s barrel room. Participating guest musicians, in Spokane for the BachFest Summer Classics August 2019 concerts,  Kurt Nikkanen, violin, Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and Dr. Scott Rawls, a noted violist from Greensboro, N.C., joined Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, a world-renowned cellist, to perform Beethoven’s String Trio No. 1, Op. 3 in each of  the five locations.

When live concert cancellations began in March 2020, staff time became available to focus on developing “Postcards from Spokane.” Each of the six movements of the Beethoven String Trio was assigned a specific location, and post-production began with a video postcard template designed by Harvey. Realizing that the Postcards were too appealing to reach only a relatively small population, fund raising began to allow for extensive digital marketing distribution. KSPS Public TV also agreed to air the six Postcards during its fall/winter programming.

The first financial support came from Spokane Arts with a grant for Postcards from SAGA funding in Round Two; next was City of Spokane Lodging Tax Fund whose committee, chaired by Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson, allowed funds previously awarded for 2020 concert marketing to be used for Postcards. Two businesses, Triple Nine Digital, a subsidiary of The Spokesman-Review, and Phase 3 Digital, a subsidiary of KXLY TV, have provided generous In-Kind matching gifts to further extend reach of the Postcards.  KSPS Public TV, a collaborator with Northwest BachFest, also extended In-Kind valuation. Melissa Huggins, Executive Director of Spokane Arts and Shelly Wynecoop, Grants Administrator, elicited Visit Spokane and Spokane Downtown Partnership to join with Spokane Arts, using CARES Act funding to promote Spokane, to further expand online distribution of the “Postcards from Spokane.”

On Monday, August 17, just less than a year from beginning the videotaping, “Postcards from Spokane” will be launched on digital platforms reaching hundreds of thousands of people in a promotion that will run through September 30.  A second launch phase will begin November 9 and run through December, 2020.

Don Hamilton and Lorna St John of Hamilton Studio, long-time supporters of Northwest BachFest and many, many other community organizations, have also filmed selected BachFest concerts for several years. With this video library, “Postcards from Spokane” can be expanded into dozens of different musical vignettes in the years ahead pending funding for distribution.

Announcing a new concert series – Northwest BachFest debuted a  new concert series, Across the Miles, in June and July 2020, with monthly online concerts, first featuring Artistic Director Zuill Bailey in a cello performance from his home in El Paso, Texas, in June, and in July, the acclaimed classical jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz from his home in Toronto, Ontario, along with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey in split screen followed by a video of Herskowitz  premiering his arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue that had been videotaped at Hamilton Studio in 2019.

August 2020 concerts will feature the Amazing World of Pianist Awadagin Pratt, available online August 25-31 with a link that will be live on those dates on NWBachFest.com. In addition, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey is developing several short student enrichment programs specifically for BachFest’s current program area that can be used to enhance online learning.

Across the Miles continues October 2020 - May 2021 with concerts through links that will be available only for specified dates each month, performers and dates soon to be announced. Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, a consummate musical collaborator and award-winning Musical Innovator (2016 Musical America award) is scheduling some of his colleagues from the world of guest artist musicians to bring Front Row Seat concert experiences right to the comfort and safety of  viewers’ homes. Each of these events will be preceded by virtual Happy Hour Talks with Zuill Bailey.

Online programs will serve to expand Northwest BachFest’s reach in several ways. Concerts will now be accessible for those who cannot attend public performance as well as those who will not feel safe returning to live events for some time post-COVID 19.  In addition, the audience for Across the Miles can now be literally anywhere in the world.  Skills learned by BachFest staff with the Postcards project will assist with global marketing of future musical offerings.  The Across the Miles series furthers the message of “Postcards from Spokane:  Music Brings Us Together.”

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 and special events throughout the year. BachFest is actively engaged in the community with musical visits to hospitals reaching neo-natal ICUs, Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Units, Cardiac Care Units, hospice settings and more along with educational programs in area schools. During restrictions for live performances, BachFest has turned attention to presenting specially-designed, high-quality concerts each month via its private You Tube channel with links posted on the NWBachFest.com website in a new series, Across the Miles.

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. zuillbailey.com.


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

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

View the calendar for schedule information.