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Zuill Bailey


Called  “one of the finest cellists alive today" by Classical Net, Zuill Bailey has been described as “gifted with a beautiful tone, fabulous technique and sensitive interpretation" by Audiophile Audition. Zuill's rare blend of show-stopping charisma, technical prowess and monumental artistry has cemented his place as the one of the world's most sought after cellists. He will debut in San Miguel in two concerts on Friday, March 22 & Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo playing an array of exquisite compositions, including the Tales of Hemingway, for which he recently won a Grammy Award.
 
Internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director, teacher and now Grammy Award Winner are  just some of Zuill's accomplishments. His New York debut of Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum sold out, and his album, “Bach Cello suites,” topped the Classical Billboard Charts. in 2017 Tales of Hemingway, composed for him by Michael Daugherty  is inspired by the writings of the American author, and garnered him best solo performance, while the album won best composition and best compendium.   “Tales of Hemingway portrays four of the novelist’s stories in music of sweeping drama and poetry. Daugherty sends the cello soaring and singing as he summons key moments in the Hemingway books. The solo writing calls for an artist of eloquent persuasion, and Zuill Bailey more than meets the score’s demands with "playing that combines fervor and poetry,” said Gramophone Magazine.  This wonderful piece will feature in Sunday's concert.

On Friday, concertgoers will enjoy works by Boccherini, Beethoven, and Chopin, among others. Bach's Sonata No. 1, which hearkens back to a time when the cello was emancipated from the bass line and opened up a  wide range of techniques to the cellist. Cello prodigy Boccherini was a prolific composer and virtuoso player; when a violinist was missing in chamber music, he would play the violin part, on the cello! Audiences will hear his magnificent Sonata in C Major. Chopin's impeccable Polish-inspired Polonaise Brillante and the strikingly beautiful posthumously published Nocturnes, arranged for cello will both be featured in the concert.

 
On Sunday, listeners will delight in music by Bach, Beethoven, and the Grammy-winning Tales of Hemingway. Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 exhibits more complexity in both its variety and scope than most works of its time and is seen as more ambitious than his first Concerto. Bach's unaccompanied works for cello and violin are among the greatest works for strings, composed when he was writing secular music.  The Suite for Cello No. 1 is one of the most beloved compositions of all time. Tales of Hemingway draws on extra-musical themes, not just of literature, but also history and the arts. This amazing piece takes a page out of literary history and turns it into music, honoring Ernest Hemingway’s most captivating works.
 

Tickets for the concert at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at the Bookshop  in the Biblioteca Pública; Solutions, Recreo 11 and through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.