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Bailey hints toward Bach festival highlights

At Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on a Summer’s Eve on Wednesday night, Zuill Bailey told the crowd a few of the plans he has for the 2016 edition of the Northwest Bach Festival.

Bailey, an acclaimed cellist and the festival’s artistic director, said we can expect to see a return of violinist Kurt Nikkanen, and a performance from the Matt Herskowitz Trio.

The slate includes a return of the noontime Flash-Bach concerts, Bach’s Lunch at River Park Square’s Kress Gallery and the film festival. Special events will include an “Evening of Elegance” at a local historic home, and an evening of jazz at Barrister Winery.

Performances will feature the complete cycle of Beethoven String Trios, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante performed at St. John’s Cathedral, and Bach XXI, in which Herskowitz brings Bach, jazz, and world music styles together.

Festival organizers hope to announce the complete lineup soon. Stay tuned, or visit www.nwbachfest.com.

CST 2016

At the opening night of “Singin’ in the Rain” at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, artistic director Jadd Davis announced the company’s planned lineup for 2016. The big news: Three mainstage shows, as opposed to two as has been the case this season and last.

The season will kick off on June 16 with the Tony-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which tells the back story of the orphan boy would become Peter Pan. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2012, uses 12 actors to play 100 characters. Among the producers for the Broadway show was Laura Little Theatricals, the production company headed by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre executive director Laura Little.

On July 14, CST heads to River City, Iowa, for “The Music Man.” The season’s final production is Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” All three shows will be staged at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene.

The two staged readings next summer will be “The Great Gatsby” (June 22) and “Lombardi” (July 20).

In the spring, CST will team with the Modern Theater to present “Next to Normal,” which took a Pulitzer Prize and won three Tony Awards. That show, April 7-15, will be held at the Bing Crosby Theatre in Spokane.

For more information, visit CST’s website, http://www.cdasummer theatre.com/.

Speaking of the Modern

On social media a few weeks back, the Modern Theater Spokane let slip its opening production for the 2016-17 season: “Chicago,” to be co-directed by Abbey Crawford and Troy Nickerson. Mark your calendars.

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