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Cellist Zuill Bailey Visits EPISD Middle Schoolers, Talks Importance of Fine Arts

Students at three EPISD middle schools embraced the A in STEAM when they welcomed world-renowned cellist and El Paso music mainstay Zuill Bailey to their campuses to talk about the importance of the arts in public education.

Bailey stopped by the school to inspire students from the Young Women’s STEAM Research and Preparatory Academy and Armendariz Middle School.

“As a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) academy, we want to expose our students to the arts. This is the perfect time to give the students some time to relax and listen to amazing music and just be inspired,” said Principal Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros. “It was a perfect opportunity for both schools to join in and celebrate this together. I look forward to many more opportunities like this.”

The gym usually filled with raucous cheering became a place of serenity, as the Grammy award-winning musician stirred the students’ ears with the prelude from Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 1.

The visit came at a perfect time, just a couple days before the start of STAAR testing, but has been in the works for months.

“This is something we have been anticipating since January,” Ontiveros said. “Our counselor made connection with Felipa Solis, who is the executive director of El Paso Pro-Musica, to bring Zuill Bailey to our school, so it was just a matter of waiting for him to have some time in his schedule.”

Bailey, who also made a stop at MacArthur Elementary Intermediate, loves playing for the youth.

“With El Paso Pro Musica our mission is to break down borders and bring beautiful music to everyone and use it as a tool for expression and communication,” Bailey said. “I never know exactly what’s going to happen when I play for young people, but I am always amazed by how inspiring the change is.”

He asked students to close their eyes and listen to the music and how it made them feel.

Sixth-grader Alexa Alcantar let the music wash over her.

“When I closed my eyes, I felt really peaceful and relaxed,” she said. “I am a cellist so when I heard he was coming, I was really happy. I hope I can sound like him and play like him and make people feel what he makes people feel.”

Bailey also talked about the mechanics of the cello, showing students the horsehair on his bow and the sleek design of his carbon fiber cello – which is light, compared to the 325-year old Gofriller cello he plays at performances.

“I recognized the techniques he was using,” Alcantar said. “I think it was really helpful what he said about getting a walnut and rolling it on the cello so you can learn to play vibrato.”

Armendariz seventh-grader Jesus Diaz doesn’t play an instrument, but he closed his eyes nonetheless to focus on the mood each song invoked.

“It was pretty impressive. He’s really good,” he said. “The music made me feel both sad and happy.”

Ontiveros hopes the music inspires students from both schools to work hard to accomplish their goals and pursue their passions.

“I want them to learn it doesn’t happen overnight,” she said. “That’s something he really put an emphasis on when he shared his journey. Practice makes permanent.”

The visits took place Friday, May 11th.

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Raymond Jackson  –  EPISD

Zuill Bailey’s New CD Tops the Billboard Charts

El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director and Grammy Award Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey’s all new “Haydn Cello Concertos,” CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Music Charts.

The CD, was recorded at the Wimbledon Music Festival in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The CD was released worldwide last Friday, and is already topping the Charts.

Currently, Zuill Bailey is celebrating the First Anniversary of UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship next week with Concerts, Special Events and Community Engagement.

The CD will be made available at a special Pop-Up Concert on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Café Central, celebrating the restaurant’s 100th birthday with proceeds of the day to be dedicated to El Paso Pro-Musica Educational Programs.

For more information, visit Pro-Musica’s website.  The CD is available on i-Tunes and Amazon.

Zuill Bailey to Make a Special Appearance with Organist Paul Jacobs Saturday Evening

Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica and Grammy Award winning Cellist Zuill Bailey will join Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs  in a special appearance at the El Paso Pro-Musica Concert this Saturday.

Zuill Bailey will join Paul Jacobs in “The Swan,” the classical work by Saint- Saens, during the performance by the Organist, who along with his performing career, is the Chairman of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School of Music.

Jacobs will also perform works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt. Jacobs performs all of the works in Concert from Memory.

Zuill Bailey and Paul Jacobs are both featured in the multiple Grammy Award winning CD, “Tales of Hemingway.” Composer Michael Daugherty composed the work “Tales of Hemingway,” specifically for Zuill.

He also wrote “Once Upon a Castle,’ featuring Jacobs, a work inspired by the Hearst Castle and the film, ” Citizen Kane.”

Both Artists will be on hand following the Concert to sign copies of the CD in the Mayfield Room at the Church of St. Clement. The post concert event is sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

For tickets go to their website or the EPPM Office at 915-833-9400. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Paul Jacobs in Concert
Saturday, March 18
Church of St. Clement
810 N. Campbell

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