• January 23, 2022
 El Paso Symphony Orchestra Ushers in 2022 with Double Trouble

El Paso Symphony Orchestra Ushers in 2022 with Double Trouble

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is excited to usher in the new year with its 16th annual collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica on January 21 & 22, 2022, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre.

Appropriately titled “Double Trouble,” the EPSO, led by Maestro Bohuslav Rattay, will be joined by a pair of virtuoso artists, El Paso’s own Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey and violinist Helen Kim, performing Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.  The Double Concerto remains one of the lesser played of Brahms full orchestral works because the violinist and cellist must be first class soloists as well as extremely adept chamber musicians to make this piece work.  Helen Kim and Zuill Bailey fit the bill.

HELEN KIM made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of 6 and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony orchestras. Kim earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.  While at Juilliard, she served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and was the winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition at both the pre–college and college levels. She is the recipient of more than 100 national and international awards. She won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York and, as a result, gave debut recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival.

ZUILL BAILEY, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award winner, distinguished soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, 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. Bailey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He performs on the “rosette” 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive solo touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar (Alaska), Juneau Jazz and Classics (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), and Classical Inside Out Series-Mesa Arts Center (Arizona). He is Director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship and professor of cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The second half of the concert will feature the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets are on sale now for all three concerts and may be purchased at epso.org, ticketmaster or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.  Prices are $46, $41, $35, $22 and $16 plus fees.  Student tickets for $9 and $12 plus fees are available.

Sponsored by El Paso Community Foundation and TFCU, these concerts mark the 16th annual collaboration between the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Pro-Musica  ̶  resulting in presenting world-renowned artists to perform on multiple stages throughout El Paso, reaching a broader audience.

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