American cellist Zuill Bailey performs "Romanze in F Major" by Richard Strauss on Sunday afternoon at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn in North
American cellist Zuill Bailey performs "Romanze in F Major" by Richard Strauss on Sunday afternoon at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn in North Bennington. (Derek Carson / Bennington Banner)

NORTH BENNINGTON -- One of the world's premiere cellists paid a visit to North Bennington on Sunday, performing as part of the Park-McCullough House's Carriage Barn Concert series.

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Natasha Paremski performed as One Plus One in one of only two concerts together in the month of July, before Bailey's schedule takes him through New York City, South Africa, and Alaska in the coming weeks, and Paremski heads to Eastham, Mass. to participate in the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. The duo performed four concerts together at the El Paso Pro Musica Festival in January.

The program consisted of two pieces by Richard Strauss "Romanze in F Major," written in 1883, and the movements "Allegro con brio," "Andante ma non troppo," and "Finale: Allegro vivo" from his "Sonata in F., Op.6," which was composed between 1880 and 1883. After a brief intermission, Bailey and Paremski returned to play three movements from Serge Rachmaninoff's 1913 "Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, Op.36," "Allegro agitato," "Non allegro - Lento - L'istesso tempo," and "Allegro molto." The concluded the roughly two hour performance with five movements from Igor Stravinsky's 1932 ballet "Pulcinella," "Introduzione," "Serenata," "Aria," "Tarantella," and "Minuetto e Finale." The concert cost $20 for attendees, and CDs and other merchandise were on sale.

Bailey grew up in Northern Virginia, the son of two musicians. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from from the Peabody Conservatory and the Julliard School, where he studied under Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates, and Joel Krosnick.


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Bailey, who was named the John Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni, and has performed in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America, and the United Kingdom, according to his website. He plays on a cello made in 1693 by famed Venetian cello maker Matteo Gofriller. The instrument was previously owned and used by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet, including during the 25 years that Schneider played the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt., leading Bailey to comment that it was almost as if the cello was coming home.

Paremski was born in Moscow, but moved to the U.S. at the age of eight, and officially became a U.S. citizen in 1991. Paremski made her professional debut as a nine-year-old, playing with the El Camino Symphony in California. By 15, she was performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and had recorded two discs with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Dmitry Yablonsky. She moved to New York to continue her musical studies under Pavlina Dokovska at the Mannes College of Music. She has performed with major orchestras across the U.S., and has played internationally in London, Zurich, Moscow, and Taipei. She released her first solo album in 2011, which debuted at number nine on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. Paremski was playing on a piano generously donated for the concert by North Bennington resident Elizabeth Small.

The Carriage Barn Concerts series continues on August 3, with New York-based chamber group Music from Salem performing works by Brahms, Schumann, Dohnanyi, and Webern. Music From Salem will then return the next week, August 10, with a new concert lineup. Both of those concerts begin at 4 p.m. Finally, on August 23, the Bennington Baroque, featuring Park-McCullough's own Sandra Mangsen on harpsichord, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, starting on July 31, the Living Room Theatre will put on performances of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," with plays on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from July 31-August 9 at 7 p.m., with matinees on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB