GRAMMY® Winner Zuill Bailey Returns to Music City for Nashville Symphony’s 2016/17 Classical Series Finale
Tickets start at only $20 for June 1-3 Performances of Copland’s Third and Dvořák
Nashville, Tenn. (May 24, 2017) – Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the Nashville Symphony closes out its 2016/17 Aegis Sciences Classical Series on June 1-3 with the return of dynamic cellist Zuill Bailey, the soloist who took home a 2017 GRAMMY® for his performance on the Nashville Symphony’s triple-GRAMMY®-winning recording of Michael Daughtery’s Tales of Hemingway.
Bailey will be the featured soloist on Dvořák’s Cello Concerto at these concerts, which will also include a performance of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.
"I'm thrilled to return to Nashville not only to celebrate our GRAMMY® triumphs, but also to perform one of the greatest concertos for cello and orchestra,” said Bailey. “The Dvořák Concerto is a masterpiece that perfectly weaves the glorious cello with the grandeur of a full symphonic experience. Sharing this with my friend Giancarlo Guerrero and the wonderful Nashville Symphony is something I will cherish.”
Bailey’s rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the world’s premier cellists. In addition to performing with orchestras around the globe, he is a renowned recording artist. Both his Bach Cello Suites and Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CDs immediately soared to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Classical charts, and his Dvořák Cello Concerto CD is listed in The Penguin Guide as one the Top 1,000 Classical Recordings of all time. Bailey has also developed a side career as a television actor, with appearances on HBO’s Oz and NBC’s Homicide.
Culminating a 70th anniversary season that has included at least one work by an American composer on every Classical Series program, these concerts will close with Copland’s Third, featuring the great American composer’s rousing “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
Commissioned in the summer of 1944 by Boston Symphony music director Serge Koussevitsky during the height of World War II, the piece represents the apex of Copland’s populist style and is considered to be one of the quintessential works of American orchestral repertoire. Though an alternative ending of the symphony – implemented at the insistence of Leonard Bernstein – was the standard choice of orchestras for many years, Guerrero has elected to perform Copland’s much less frequently performed original version of the Third.
Tickets for the concert start at $20 when using the promotional code SPRING. Tickets are available at NashvilleSymphony.org, via phone at 615.687.6400 and at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office: 1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201.
More information and full program notes can be found here.