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Grammy-Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey to Perform at St Paul’s Church

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By Mittie Roger

Called “one of the finest cellists alive today” by the online classical music website Classical Net, Zuill Bailey comes to St Paul’s Church this weekend, thanks to Pro Musica.

Bailey has been described as “gifted with a beautiful tone, fabulous technique and sensitive interpretation” by the Audiophile Audition music website, and for good reason: 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.

His two debut San Miguel concerts will occur on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24, both at 5pm. Compositions played will include Tales of Hemingway, for which he won a Grammy Award.

Bailey’s New York debut of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum sold out, and his album, “Bach Cello suites,” topped the classical charts in Billboard.

Tales of Hemingway, composed for him by Michael Daugherty and which portrays key moments in Ernest Hemingway’s books, garnered Bailey the Best Solo Performance award at the Grammys, while the album also won Best Composition and Best Compendium awards.

On Friday, concertgoers will enjoy works by Boccherini, Beethoven, and Chopin, among others. Cello prodigy Boccherini was a prolific composer and virtuoso player. When a violinist was missing, 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 Tales of Hemingway. Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No 2 exhibits more complexity in both its variety and scope than most works of its time. Many see it as more ambitious than his first concerto. Meanwhile, 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 Hemmingway draws on extra-musical themes, not just from literature but also history and the arts. This amazing piece takes a page out of literary history and turns it into music, honoring Ernest Hemmingway’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 Biblioteca Pública gift shop, Tesoros; in Solutions, Recreo 11; through our website with no booking fee; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Concert

Pro Musica Concert Series presents:

Zuill Bailey

Fri and Sun, March 22 and 24, 5pm

St Paul’s Church, Cardo 6

150, 300, 400

 

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