Cellist Zuill Bailey, artistic director of Mesa Arts Center’s Classical Music Inside Out Series, was recognized at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sun., Feb. 12, with three Grammy awards for Tales of Hemingway composed by Michael Daugherty: Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Compendium.
A few days after the ceremony, Bailey is already visiting Arizona, for a week of engagements and performances at Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona State University, Highland Elementary School and Mesa Express Library.
“The collaboration between Mesa Arts Center and Zuill Bailey is one that we’re extremely proud of,” says Randy Vogel, director of theaters and operations at Mesa Arts Center, “He is an incredibly talented and generous artist with an unbelievable ability to make classical music accessible to everyone. We’re so pleased for him to receive this recognition, and look forward to continuing our work with him through the Classical Music Inside Out Series.”
Mesa Arts Center’s Classical Music Inside Out Series offers both free and ticketed immersive music experiences, wherein master musicians share their passion for music, give informal insights and significantly deepen the listening experience. More than 3,000 Valley students enjoyed free classical music shows in 2016. The next performance in the series is Thurs., Feb.16, featuring pianist Navah Perlman, daughter of violinist Itzhak Perlman and a talk with Bailey.