Cellist Zuill Bailey kicks off series of free performances for Northwest Bach Festival

Cellist Zuill Bailey kicks off series of free performances for Northwest Bach Festival

Cellist Zuill Bailey kicked off a series of 6 free Flash-Bach concerts on Wednesday with a noon performance in the Riverpark Square Atrium.

These flash performances are organized to make classical music more accessible to various people in different locations.

“I think that concerts are one thing. Those are people that know to go, they know the beauty of the music, they prepare themselves to go. But I really feel the need to bring music to people that may not know,” Bailey said. “It’s basically bringing music to the people, in any way that I possibly can outside the concert hall.”

Five additional performances will take place at noon in surprise locations in business, medical, and government facilities throughout area. Dates and locations for the future performances will not take place in advance, but will be announced through social media, and in-house communication systems within the various locations.

A chair, music stand, announcement sign, and a life-sized standee of Bailey will be set up in the locations early on the days of the performances. Each performance will run about 20-30 minutes in length.

“I just want to bring beauty to environments that don’t necessarily present music like this. Clearly, it stopped people. And I believe that the beauty of music stops people in their tracks,” Bailey said. 

Bailey, the Artistic Director of the Northwest Bach Festival, is one of the preeminent cellists in the world today. This is just one of the 20 events scheduled for the 12 days of the 2015 Northwest Bach Festival. For more information, visit www.nwbachfest.com.

Those interested can also like the Northwest Bach Festival Facebook page and/or the Zuill Bailey Facebook page for the latest updates on where the next Flash-Bach performance will take place.