Northwest BachFest 2021 Celebrates Bach and Bailey

The 44th inception of Northwest BachFest is here, once again featuring its acclaimed artistic director — triple Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey — for a series of performances, this time all in the virtual sphere. As a performer, Bailey aspires to involve community in his performances and make music accessible to all, especially children. For this year’s festival, Bailey is showcased in a series of recently filmed performances of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello — the famous composition is widely considered the quintessential music for the instrument — in a nod to his 2010 chart-topping record of the suites. BachFest viewers can get a glimpse of Bailey performing select movements from the suites, filmed last fall at Hamilton Studio and West Central Abbey in Spokane. The first concert is this Friday, followed by more opportunities on March 5; each concert is available to stream for three days after release.

Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7 • $25 per household, per show • Online; details at

— Natalie Rieth