Past Concerts


Zuill Bailey, cello

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015—7:30 PM

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, Music Director

LIADOV    The Enchanted Lake   Listen

DVOŘÁK     Cello Concerto    Listen   
      ZUILL BAILEY, CELLO  |  bio  Video

BARTOK     Concerto for Orchestra  Listen

 “The sound is rich, like dark chocolate...his voice is distinctive–strong and direct. 
Bailey reaches from the soul of his instrument to our own.”


Virtuosity abounds as we conclude our season in grand style. Nature and myth intermingle in Liadov's misty painting of The Enchanted Lake. Then, dashing cellist Zuill Bailey shares his moving interpretation of Dvořák's well-loved Cello Concerto. Finally, we revel in the talents of our Phil musicians as they step to the fore in Bartók's tour de force, the Concerto for Orchestra.

Wed., April 22, 7:30 PM—Free Café Phil Open Rehearsal at the Dairy
Sat., April 25, 6:30 PM—Free Season Preview Talk at Macky

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Sawhill Pond

Enchanted Lakes: Music and Pond Ecology
Sat., April 18, 8–10:30 AM
Tue., April 21, 5:30–8 PM

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
– Loren Eiseley

The magic of water inspires scientists and musicians alike. The Boulder Phil's season finale includes The Enchanted Lake, a beautiful tone poem by Russian composer Anatoly Liadov. Get psyched up for the concert with a nature hike to explore the vibrant and enchanted community of plants and animals that make their homes in and around the water – fish, turtles, dragon flies, red-winged blackbirds and baby Canada geese – and listen to classical music selections inspired by our love of water. Meet Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland at the Sawhill Ponds trailhead.



Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has 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, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Jacques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski. He also 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 concerto 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 Art. Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Wimbledon (UK),  Consonances- St. Nazaire ( France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival-Mallorca (Spain), Montreal (Canada), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, Brevard, 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 performance of “Victorious.”

Zuill Bailey is an exclusive recording artist on Telarc International. His celebrated “Bach Cello Suites” and recently released Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CD’s immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings on Telarc include his live performances with the Indianapolis Symphony of the Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concertos, described by Gramophone magazine as one that “sweeps the board.” 

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. He 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), the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Spokane, Washington), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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