Classical Concert May 22-23, 2021

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Finale Features GRAMMY Award Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey May 22 & 23

Maestro Brotons is scheduled to return to Vancouver for the first time this season.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concludes its 42nd season with May’s live streamed performances, featuring a world-renowned Guest Artist and audience-favorite masterworks. The VSO Music Director and Conductor Maestro Salvador Brotons is scheduled to join the orchestra for the first time this season, travelling from his home in Barcelona. Performing with him will be cello virtuoso Zuill Bailey in his debut with the VSO.

GRAMMY Award-winning, internationally renowned cellist Zuill Bailey will showcase his mastery in Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, which is regarded as one of the greatest works for cello of the classical era. Bailey’s rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists of today. He will also be joined by the members of VSO cello section in performance of Max Bruch’s rhapsodic Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 (arranged by Edward Laut). The program will also include the ever-popular Appalachian Spring Suite by Aaron Copland and Swiss-born Oregonian Ernest Bloch’s modern pseudo-Baroque Concerto Grosso No. 1.

Maestro Brotons has until now been unable to travel to Vancouver due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. His planned arrival will come after a 14 month absence from Vancouver.

What: Haydn Concerto No. 1 Live Stream
When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. PDT (pre-concert show at 6:30pm) and Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. PDT (pre-concert show at 2:30pm)
Where: Live stream from Skyview Concert Hall to your viewing devices on the VSO website
Tickets: Free with season subscription. Single tickets are $30. Available online here or by calling 360-735-7278
  • Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1
  • Bruch, Kol Nidrei for Cello Quartet
  • Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments
  • Bloch, Concerto Grosso No. 1

Safety Precautions

Two physicians on the VSO Board of Directors–Dr. Michael Liu and Dr. David Smith–helped to develop the safety protocols for the musicians in coordination with the Washington Health Department.
Musicians will perform at an appropriate distance and wear face masks.
The size of the orchestra will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing.

Future Performances

We are working closely with the Department of Health to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and will be adjusting our seasons programming accordingly. Changes will be promptly communicated to the audience

About Zuill Bailey

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.

Recent highlights include appearances with orchestras such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Israel, San Francisco, Toronto, Nashville, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and the Philharmonia (UK) with conductors Itzhak Perlman, Carlos Kalmar, Neeme Jarvi, Jun Markl, Alan Gilbert, Andrey Borekyo, Krzysztof Urbanski, Giancarlo Guerrero, Andrew Litton, and Grant Llewellyn. He was honored as the distinguished Alumnus of 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute.

Zuill Bailey is an internationally renowned recording artist with over twenty titles. Mr. Bailey's extensive discography includes the “Bach Cello Suites” and Britten Cello Symphony/Cello

Sonata CD’s, both of which immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. The Grammy Award-winning “Tales of Hemingway,” swept the board with three Grammy Awards including Best Solo Performance by Zuill Bailey. Other celebrated releases include the complete works for cello and piano of Brahms, Beethoven, and Barber in addition to concertos of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn,

Schumann, Korngold, Saint Saens, Bloch, Brahms, Beethoven and the world premiere recordings of the Muhly and Daugherty Works for Cello and Orchestra. Kalmus "Ludwig Masters" has released his musical editions of the core repertoire in celebration of his appearances and recordings.

Mr. Bailey performs on the "rosette" 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. He is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona), and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

About Salvador Brotons

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns for his 30th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the VSO. In addition to the VSO, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Sinfónica del Vallés (1997-2002). He is presently the Conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and The City of Vancouver as well as the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest conducted orchestras in countries such as the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia.

About The VSO

The VSO, now in its 42nd season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing symphony music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community. For more information, please visit

About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Homewood Suites, Dick Hannah Dealerships,, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Propel Insurance, MedicareHelpNow, Opsahl Dawson CPAs, New Blueprint Partners, Realvest Corporation, and Michelle’s Piano Co.

VSO Pre-Show

The 2020-21 Concert Season marks the debut of a new, highly anticipated video series from the VSO! Hosted by Greg Scholl and Ashley Hall, this exciting pre-show will broadcast on the VSO concert live stream 30 minutes before the concert performance. Full of fascinating information about the repertoire and plenty of laughs, you won’t want to miss it!

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has been with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since October of 2019. Since December of 2019 she has been the host and producer of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Podcast, interviewing prominent VSO figures and guests as well as sharing past VSO performances in the special series VSO Encore. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in English Literature, and has been active in the Vancouver arts community for over 15 years. She was formerly the music director for the Young Slocum House Players in 2011, and has been on the Board of Pacific Stageworks Theater Company since August of 2019.

Outside of saying flowery things about recordings of classical music Ashley produces two other podcasts, acts and sings in community theater productions, and plays nerdy tabletop games with her husband Will Johnson (the superhero who keeps Skyview Concert Hall running). It’s also rumored that she’s the girl who answers the phone when you call the VSO office, but none can say for certain.

Greg Scholl

Greg Scholl has played trombone in the VSO since 1993 - he became principal trombone in 1995. He is also principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Newport Symphony. Greg also plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera.
Greg is the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University. He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. He also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers such as the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.
After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea. Their son Ben is now in college - he was practically raised at VSO rehearsals back in the day.