Grammy-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey & soprano, Danielle Talamantes in Wasilla

  • February 8, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Wasilla

    1201 East Bogard Road
    Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Ticket Price $20.00-$25.00 This event is now over

Join the Sitka Music Festival for our first performance in Wasilla! The evening will present selections from the repertoire below played by Grammy-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey with Timothy Smith, piano & Danielle Talamantes, soprano with Henry Dehlinger, piano. 

Zuill Bailey, cello & Timothy Smith, piano 

Selections will be played from the following repertoire:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)

Cello Concerto
Édouard Lalo (1823 – 1892)

Cello Concerto No. 1
Dmitry Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)


Danielle Talamantes, soprano with Henry Dehlinger, piano

Selections will be played from the following repertoire

Selections of French chanson
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Aprés un Rêve
Chanson d’Amour
En Sourdine

Tres arias
Joaquín Turina (1882 - 1949)
El pescador

 Selections from Ten Poems of James Joyce
Henry Dehlinger (1966 - )
Strings in the Earth and Air
At That Hour

Selections from Moments in Sonder
Elizabeth Brittany Boykin (1989 - ), poetry by Maya Angelou
Passing Time
How Can I Lie to You
The Lesson

 Selections from the American Songbook
Duke Ellington (1899 - 1974)
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Sentimental Mood


Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a Grammy Award winning, internationally renowned soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher.  His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has made him one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

Mr. Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras and music festivals worldwide.  He won the Best Solo Performance Grammy Award in 2017, for his recording of  Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway,” with the Nashville Symphony led by Giancarlo Guerrero.  His extensive discography includes his newest release – the world premier recording of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Cello Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony. In 2021 he released his second recording of the Bach Cello Suites for PS Audio’s Octave Records label, recorded and mixed in stereo and multichannel sound.

He appeared in a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” and has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Tiny Desk Concert,” “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s  “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Virtuoso Voices,” and his latest disc of Bach Suites was the disc of the week on Sirius’ Symphony Hall.

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory where he was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni, and received a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School.  He 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 Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), Juneau Jazz and Classics, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington),  Classical Inside Out Series- Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and is Director of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Timothy Smith, who has been described as "A pianist who interlaces grace with bursts of power and color" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and "an excellent pianist" by Vers l'Avenir (Belgium) is Professor of Piano and head of Piano Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Smith began private piano studies at age five, and at ten was accepted into the Pre-College division of the Juilliard School. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 15. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Washington in Seattle, with Bela Siki, where Smith received numerous awards and scholarships. He continued graduate study as a scholarship student of Martin Canin at Juilliard where he received his Master of Music degree, and later at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, again with Martin Canin, where he was awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1985. Dr. Smith has won major prizes and recognition in international competitions, including the Casadesus (5th prize), Gina Bachauer (4th prize), Washington, D.C. International (3rd prize), Queen Elizabeth (Brussels) (semi-finalist), among others. As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Smith made his New York recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. He has appeared with many orchestras, including the Seattle and Utah Symphonies, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Anchorage, Japan, and China (see below). Smith has performed on National Public Radio, WQXR-FM (New York), RTB (Belgium), and others. He has given master classes in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, PRC, and also in North and South America. He has given over 50 concerts in Asia, including many venues in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, Sapporo, and many others, from Asahigawa in the north to Kure in the south. In the U.S., his students have received honors and recognition in local, state, regional, and national competitions, and have been featured on NPR and on WQXR-FM in New York. He has recorded for Seoul Records (Korea), is listed in Who's Who among America's Teachers, and American Keyboard Artists. Previous to his appointment at UAA, Smith taught class piano at the Juilliard School, and undergraduate piano at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to teaching piano at UAA, Dr. Smith teaches Chamber Music and Piano Master Class. Smith has extensive university administrative experience, with 19 years as Chair of the Department of Music, and currently as Associate Dean for the Fine Arts at UAA. As Department Chair in the 1990s, Smith led the department to receive its accreditation with NASM. His solo recording, Timothy Smith plays Liszt, has been released nationally by Albany Records and is currently available online at MSR Classics, and also on iTunes. Of this recording, Adrian Corleonis of Fanfare Magazine wrote, "...impressive and of the more gripping accounts of the (Liszt) Sonata in recent memory." 

Smith gave a solo recital in Seattle's Town Hall and was a featured performer on KING-FM radio. He also gave a solo recital and master class at the University of Hawaii. His performance of the Khachaturian concerto with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Randall Fleischer, was a huge success. Other concerts include a solo recital in Nagoya, Japan at the Fushimi Denki Bunka Kaikan, a Steinway hall, as well as solo recitals in Arcata, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and in Vancouver, B.C. The past season Smith gave solo recitals in Anchorage, Baton Rouge (at LSU), and Tacoma (at Pacific Lutheran University). He also was a judge for the Simon Fiset competition in Seattle for the Seattle Music Teachers Association.

In another notable concert event, Smith gave two performances of a two piano concerto entitled"A Green Call"  with pianist Sa Chen and the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Terje Mikkelsen. The concert was held in the Poly Plaza theatre in Beijing, and it was repeated in the Tianqiao Theatre, also in Beijing, with the Norwegian Prime Minister in attendance. The first concert was videotaped and broadcast twice nationally over Chinese Television (CCTV, also known as Chinese Central Television.) It was also broadcast later in Norway. 

In the summer of 2006, Smith had a very successful month long concert tour of the People's Republic of China, where he gave concerts in Ningbo, Jinan (2), Dongying, Baotou, and in Beijing, where he performed at the large concert hall in the Forbidden City. Master classes were also given in Ningbo, Jinan, Dongying, and Baotou. 

Smith was invited to join the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival for its 2008 season, where he performed with such distinguished musicians as Janet Sung and Keith Redpath (violins), Hillary Hearndon (viola), and Paul York (cello). In August of 2010 Smith gave a concert with Japanese tenor John Ken Nuzzo in Nagoya, and that next month, Smith opened with the Anchorage Symphony as featured soloist, performing the Liszt Concerto No. 2 in A major. Two more concerts with tenor John Nuzzo followed that season, one in recital in Anchorage in January of 2011, followed by a "Japan Relief Concert" also in Anchorage in June.

In the summer of 2011, Smith performed across China on a concert tour covering six cities, resulting in six performances and three master classes (Dongying, Chongqing, and Suzhou). Performances were given in Lanzhou, Qingdao, Dongying, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Suzhou. The concerts in Qingdao and Guangzhou were part of a larger "gala concert" where the artist shared the stage at alternate times with the local symphony orchestras. Lanzhou, Dongying, Chongqing and Suzhou were full solo recitals. In Chongqing, Smith was joined by pianist Sa Chen and a faculty member from the Beijing Conservatory who also contributed to the Chongqing performance. Smith was also joined by his wife Rumi where they were featured as duo pianists on several of the concerts. Both Smith and his wife gave master classes at the Chonqing School for the Arts, as a part of their International Summer Piano Festival. This was Smith's fourth invited trip to China.

Smith is currently working on a research project that involves the use of Tobii eye scanning technology to evaluate sight-reading habits of pianists. Possibilities for this technology may include improved tools and approaches for instruction in this area. The UAA Green & Gold News featured an article on this research project in April 2014.

Timothy Smith is a Steinway Concert Artist, and is the Sr. Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at UAA.

Danielle Talamantes –

“It’s not often that an operagoer is fortunate enough to witness the birth of a star!,” noted of Soprano Danielle Talamantes’ recent turn as Violetta in La Traviata with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Last season she made her Washington National Opera début as Maria Hernández in Kamal Sankaram’s Rise as part of their production Written in Stone, returned to her signature role as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème with Jacksonville Symphony and three world premiers: Mosaic for Earth by composer Dwight Bigler at her Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, the rhapsody written for Talamantes and orchestra based on T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock with the National Philharmonic, and the stunning choral cantata Kohelet with the Washington Master Chorale and Santa Clara Master Chorale; the latter two works by acclaimed composer Henry Dehlinger. The conclusion of the season was with the Fairfax Symphony in the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and a debut as guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic. 

This season’s engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Ginastera’s Milena with the National Philharmonic, Verdi’s Requiem with the Pensacola Symphony and the NC Master Chorale, Britten’s War Requiem with Opera Roanoke, Handel’s Messiah with The US Naval Academy, as well as concerts with Lyric Fest, Choralis, and the Artist Series of Sarasota. 

Recent seasons performances include Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen and Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco with The Metropolitan Opera, Beatrice in Catán’s Il postino with VA Opera, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Princeton Festival; Violetta in La traviata with Hawaii Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and Finger Lakes Opera, Mimì in La bohème with St Petersburg (FL) Opera and Jacksonville Symphony; the title role of Susannah with Opera Roanoke; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; and a Spoleto Festival USA début as Sergente in Cavalli’s Veremonda. 

Professional recordings include At That Hour: Art Songs by Henry Dehlinger on the Avie Record Label; Canciones españolas and Heaven and Earth: A Duke Ellington Songbook on the MSR Classics label.


Date & Time

Thu, Feb 8, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Wasilla

1201 East Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska 99654 Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Wasilla
Sitka Music Festival

Since 1972, the Sitka Music Festival (formerly Sitka Summer Music Festival) has been Alaska's premier classical music festival, presenting exquisite music in the pristine setting of Sitka, Alaska.