Zuill Bailey is widely recognized as one of classical music’s premier cellists. He was recently named artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, which is hosting the Autumn Classics Concert Series.


Bailey joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the series and performed live for Mic Check in the Morning.


“We’re in our 30th year of presenting concerts here in Anchorage,” Bailey said. “It’s a variety of chamber music featuring musicians from all over the world.”


Bailey is wasting no time while in Anchorage. He will be playing at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center and the Anchorage Museum. He’s also going to different schools every day to bring music to the people.


Some of the musicians featured in the Autumn Classics Concert Series include the world-renowned Juilliard String Quartet and three rising stars of the classical music world: German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt from Berlin, Bulgarian-American violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Gloria Chien, who lives in Tennessee.


“At the concert series you’ll hear solo Bach, solo violin, solo piano, solo cello, piano trios and sonatas (cello and piano or violin and piano), so lots of different combinations,” he said.


Bailey will also host an “informance” Saturday.


“Usually people think when going to a concert, it’s like going to an aquarium,” Bailey said. “There’s no connection to the fish, the musicians being the fish. We came up with this word ‘informance.’ It’s an information performance. We break down the wall and we talk to the audience and talk about the music, the instruments and all the things we’re doing. A lot of young people come to informances. It’s like a show-and-tell behind the scenes. It’s a special time to have this music be very accessible for young people.”


The free informance will take place at the University of Alaska Anchorage Recital Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.


The Autumn Classics Concert Series runs Sept. 5-7, 13 and 14 at UAA and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.