By Niels Swinkles- San Francisco Classical Voice

...In between Bernstein and Berlioz, the Marin Symphony showed its more reflective and meditative side, together with returning cellist Zuill Bailey and his views on Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33.

Charming, handsome, and with a jovial stage presence, Bailey laid out the single-movement concerto in no uncertain terms, applying just enough drama and pathos to bring out the beautiful simplicity of the central minuet, and the right mixture of risk-taking and showmanship in the virtuoso conclusion of the concerto.

Bailey was also responsible for the perhaps sincerest piece of French Reverie on the program with his gorgeous encore, played together with the orchestra: the Méditation from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912). The cellist could have easily filled an entire program with these bite-size musical delicacies; his many adoring fans would have been okay with that.

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