Chamber Concert Series

The Highland-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is presenting its 36th season June 25 through August 6.  The regular concert series are held Fridays and Saturdays at the Highlands Performing Arts Center and Saturdays and Mondays at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.

A featured artist this season is cellist Zuill Bailey, 2017 winner of two Grammy Awards and considered one of the premier cellists in the world.  Bailey will be performing during the final weekend of the festival, August 4 and 5, and will headline the Final Gala on August 6.

Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School.  He performs on the Rosette 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. 

In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica in Texas, the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar in Alaska, the Northwest Bach Festival in Washington, Guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bailey was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. 

An internationally renowned recording artist, Bailey won Grammy Awards for “Tales of Hemingway” and is honored for Best Solo Performance, plus Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Compendium again for Tales of Hemingway.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s regular series concerts and special events have become a highlight of the season on the Plateau.  This, its 36th season, will feature many familiar favorites as well as newcomers and tickets may be purchased for the entire season or for individual concerts.  Once again, they will be offering several salons, which are casual events in beautiful private homes in the area. These intimate gatherings are held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., with musicians performing short programs followed by light hors d’oeuvres.

For further information on the entire festival call (828) 526-9060 or visit them online at