The Northwest Bach Festival’s Artistic Director is Zuill Bailey who was named Artistic Director Designate in 2013 succeeding Gunther Schuller. Zuill Bailey is a world-renowned cellist, in-demand guest artist and top selling recording artist. He also serves as Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica in Texas and Sitka Summer Music Festival & Alaska Classics Series and Guest Artistic Director of the Classical Inside Out Series of the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Arizona. His influence has expanded the cultural effect of the Northwest Bach Festival’s music throughout the region and calendar year. The Festival & Series concerts are presented in a variety of unique venues that help dissolve barriers between performers and listeners including Barrister Winery & Event Center with Bach @ Barrister concerts as well as regular concerts in Spokane’s magnificent landmark, St. John’s Cathedral. Expanded community engagement activities offer the gift of classical music to a broader community with free Bach’s Lunch programs, Flash-Bach! appearances, visits to hospitals, recovery shelters, hospices and more along with Zuill In School programs for students of all ages.