Zuill Bailey, cello
Zuill Bailey, cello. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco. download

Zuill Bailey Celebrates His Prokofiev CD Release and Looks Forward to Orchestral and Recital Engagements

This month, cellist Zuill Bailey released a Prokofiev CD of the Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Grant Llewellyn and the Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 199 with pianist Natasha Paremski. The release has been met with great acclaim:

“Bailey’s mesmerizing, deeply committed performance puts this recording at the top, especially because of his warm, rounded tone and jaw-dropping clarity in lightning-speed runs.”

Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer, May 7, 2016

The CD is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Zuill has already released a CD of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 with Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony and, last month, performed and recorded with them again – this time in the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Philippe Quint.

Zuill Bailey Prokofiev CD

Bailey returned last weekend to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to perform Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra in performances led byDaniel Meyer, and this week, plays a recital at the Piatigorsky Festival (Boccherini/Stravinsky/Piatigorsky’s Paganini Variations/Chopin/Foss’s Capriccio) at USC. He opens the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska where he is Artistic Director on June 1, and stays in the State of the Midnight Sun until July 24, when he plays the Elgar Concerto at Interlochen, of which he is an alumnus. Zuill closes out the summer season with an August 23 recital at Ravinia with Natasha Paremski in an all-Russian program of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.

Baritone Dashon Burton - photo by Tatiana Daubek
Baritone Dashon Burton - photo by Tatiana Daubek download

Dashon Burton premieres Sanctuary Road at Carnegie Hall, and tours the world with the Cleveland Orchestra

Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. Photo by Eric Allix Rogers
Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. Photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Next month, Dashon Burton joins the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall to sing the world premiere of Sanctuary Roadby Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Moravec (music) and Mark Campbell (text), which tells of journeys toward freedom on the Underground Railroad led by William Still, an African American abolitionist.

This season, Dashon also joined the Cleveland Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem and a reprise of the groundbreaking production of The Cunning Little Vixen. His Beethoven 9 performances included those with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Orlando Philharmonic, in addition to those with Cleveland.  On the other end of the spectrum, Dashon appeared in David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Little Match Girl Passion in December at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and returned to Carnegie Hall for Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York.