He has appeared as an actor on “Oz” and “Homicide.” He has played Brahms with the buzzed-about pianist Awadagin Pratt. He has been featured on NPR. And now, the gifted cellist Zuill Bailey is on his way to Buffalo.
His visit involves a kind of homecoming. Bailey plays a 1693 Matteo Gofriller cello that used to belong to the great Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. The quartet was in residence for years at UB. Schneider lived in Buffalo from 1962 until 1985, when, at 81, he died in his Allentown home. Apparently, this cello spent significant time in our town.
Now in the hands of Bailey, the richly pedigreed instrument will be heard in Haydn's graceful Cello Concerto No. 1.
Guest conductor Sarah Ioannides is filling out the program with a variety of lush music. It opens with Mendelssohn's joyous verture to “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” which culminates in the famous Wedding March. The concert also includes the exotic Polovtzian Dances from “Prince Igor, the melodies woven into the musical “Kismet.”
Slipped in among these lighter treats is Schubert's poignant “Unfinished” Symphony.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $27-$74. For info, call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman