Zuill Bailey: Top of the World!

Photos and Story by Christian Chapman

Zuill Bailey, world renowned cellist, has brought music to the newborn in the neo-natal unit of El Paso Hospitals, played before inmates of a women’s prison, has appeared at the Museum of Art in EP, and such historic venues in our neighborhood as the Golden Eagle in Mesilla, New Mexico, and the list goes on and on.

Recently, Bailey was recognized as one of the, “Outstanding Innovators of Classical Music in the Country!” According to MUSICAL AMERICA WORLD, the performance art industry trade on line magazine, Zuill Bailey was honored for his commitment to Community Engagement and Dedication to Education. Adding to his list of honors, Bailey has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for his performance on composer Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway.”

The nomination for best classical instrumental solo came for Bailey’s performance of “Tales of Hemingway” by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, a recording that was made with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. According to Bailey, what makes the record so spectacular is that it’s live and it’s the premiere performance of the piece.

The 59th annual Grammy Awards will take place Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. It will be nationally televised on the CBS network. Bailey will be in attendance as will several of his friends/fans.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Compendium: Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

According to ProMusica there will be a very special event, A Tribute to J.O. Stewart, featuring ProMusica’s Bailey and pianist Elizabeth DeMio performing and sharing the music and stories of “Tales of Hemingway” and much more Tuesday January 24, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at the El Adobe Recording Studio, 5301 El Paso Drive with all proceeds to benefit El Paso Pro-Musica’s Educational Outreach Programs. The Stewart family, Marlene, J.O. and James Stewart III, are a much loved family whose generosity to the Arts and much, much more have made El Paso a better place to live, raise a family in and invest in.

Pro-Musica 915 833 9400 / www.eppm.org.

The distinguished, consummate cellist serves as Artistic Director of El Paso ProMusica (El Paso, Texas) the SITKA SUMMER MUSICAL FESTIVAL/ Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska) the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bailey’s music background includes the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School as well as being a featured performer alongside some of the top orchestras in the country and the world, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles and Chicago symphony orchestras.

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