April 9 & 10, 2014
Wednesday - 7:30pm | War Memorial Auditorium
Thursday - 7:30pm | War Memorial Auditorium
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Greensboro Symphony and Winston Salem Symphony Joint Concert
Zuill Bailey, cello
Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo
Choral Society of Greensboro
Winston Salem Symphony Chorale
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor
Strauss Don Quixote Symphonic Poem Zuill Bailey, cello
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky, Stephanie Foley, mezzo, and Chorus
About the guest artists:
Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world.
His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and
engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought
after and active cellists today.
A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest and Stanislav Skrowaczewski and has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.
Mr. Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall,
the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y
and Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut performing the U.S.
premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In
addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance
of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of
His international appearances include celebrated performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia, as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Holland, Israel, Spain, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Consonances- St. Nazaire (France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, and the Music Academy of the West. In addition, he was the featured soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Bard Festival in the World Premiere of the Doug Varrone Dance Company’s performance of “Victorious.” Zuill Bailey also performs regularly in a piano trio with violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Navah Perlman in addition to duo recitals with pianist Awadagin Pratt.
Zuill Bailey is an exclusive recording artist on Telarc International. His “Bach Cello Suites” recording immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings on Telarc include his live performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, "Brahms" complete works for cello and piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and “Russian Masterpieces” showcasing the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Other new releases include his innovative "Spanish Masters" CD for Zenph Studios, where he forms a unique duo blending with recordings of composer Manuel de Falla. His discography also includes a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert with Janos Starker, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 "Live," and the Korngold Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.
Zuill Bailey was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. The highly touted two disc set with pianist Simone Dinnerstein was released on Telarc worldwide. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters will release “Zuill Bailey Performance Editions,” which will encompass the core repertoire of cello literature.
Network Television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” NBC's "Homicide", A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast of the Beethoven Triple Concerto performed in Tel Aviv with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic, and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City. Mr. Bailey is also featured in the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Tiny Desk Concert,” “Performance Today”, “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Virtuoso Voices,” the KDFC Concert Series, Minnesota Public Radio, WFMT and RTHK Radio Hong Kong.
Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica (Texas), Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series, (Alaska) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso. For more information please visit www.zuillbailey.com
Stephanie Foley Davis was praised by the New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” Recent engagements include Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther and a return to Orlando Philharmonic as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Ms. Davis returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to create the role of Mary McCarthy in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck in 2011. She made her Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto and her North Carolina Opera debut as Ines in Il Trovatore, both in 2012. Ms. Davis returned to the Orlando Philharmonic as the "charming" Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. (The Examiner)
Ms. Davis joined Arizona Opera’s Pullin Opera Studio for the 2010/2011 season and performed Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Mercedes in Carmen, and Emilia in Otello. She has also been engaged at Nashville Opera (Giovanna/Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto) and Opera Carolina (Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.) Ms. Davis created the role of “Flo” in the World Premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic in April 2009. She also made her Piedmont Opera debut as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel in October 2009.
Ms. Davis received a Professional Artist Certificate at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studies with Marion Pratnicki. She was featured as Kate in Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate, the title role of Handel’s Radamisto and as Mrs. Gibbs in the Southeast premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. “A.J. Fletcher Opera Scenes” credits include Siebel (Faust), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Carmen, Agnese (Beatrice di Tenda), and Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri).
While completing her Master of Music degree in vocal performance with Robert Wells at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she was featured as Dorabella in Mozart's Cosí fan tutte, and Mallika in Delibes' Lakme. Ms. Davis earned her BA in Vocal Performance and BS in Sound Recording Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. In Fredonia, she performed roles such as, Fidalma in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with the Hillman Opera and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
Ms. Davis’ ability to capture an audience in operatic roles has been recognized several times in competition. She placed Third in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition in 2013 and in 2012 she won First Place in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition. Stephanie was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the North Carolina district and went on to receive an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Region Finals in 2007. She has also achieved third and second place at the Opera Guild of Charlotte competition in 2006 and 2008 consecutively. She is a two-time first place winner of the North Carolina NATS competition, and a third place winner in the Mid Atlantic NATS competition. She also received Honorable Mention at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.
Also an active oratorio/concert performer, Ms. Davis "had a successful baptism by fire" (Classical Voice of NC) performing the mezzo-soprano solo in Alexander Nevsky at the last minute with the Greensboro Symphony. Ms. Davis has performed the alto soloist in Bach's St. John Passion, Jesu meine freude, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Missa Brevis, select Monteverdi Vespers, Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Biebel's Alleluia. Ms. Davis was featured on An Evening of Carolina Voices with Metropolitan Opera singers such as Victoria Livengood, Christine Weidinger, Jennifer Welch-Babidge and John Fowler. In February 2006, she performed the soprano solo in the North Carolina premiere of ”Lairs of Soundings" by Dan Locklair with the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra. She also performed Ravel's Five Greek Folk Songs with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition in 2005. Learn more at: www.stephaniefoleymezzo.com
Learn more about the evening’s music at Preludes. The Prelude on Wednesday, April 9 begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium. The Prelude on Thursday, April 10 begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium
Meet the Artist
Join us after the Thursday evening concert for a brief question and answer session held at the front of the stage with our guest artist and Dima.
WFDD will broadcast this concert on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00pm