Carmel Bach Festival Announces 2017 Festival Line-Up: “Joy!”

The Carmel Bach Festival presents its 80th Annual Festival, July 15 – July 29, 2017 in venues throughout Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach, California. Pre-festival activities occur July 1-14. This year’s festival features more than 40 events including main series concerts, recitals performed on period instruments, and a Music and Ideas series. Complete programming is attached.

“As we celebrate our 80th birthday I have endeavored to expand the breadth of the Festival, incorporating as many musical tastes as possible under the ever inspiring umbrella of Johann Sebastian Bach,” said Paul Goodwin, artistic director and principal conductor. “This year’s Festival really has something for everyone!  The two great pillars of the Festival are Mozart’s magisterial C Minor Mass on Sunday and Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony on Friday.”

Highlights of the 2017 Festival include:

  • An opening night concert featuring Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, Phillip Glass’ Concerto Grosso (Mr. Glass turns 80 in 2017 also), Purcell’s Birthday ode for Queen Mary and the last choruses from Handel’s iconic Messiah.

  • Three pre-fest chamber concerts featuring the Diderot String Quartet, The Bach Festival’s Circle of Strings Faculty Quartet, and organist Andrew Arthur at three locations around the Monterey Peninsula.

  • Sunday performances of Mozart’s C Minor Mass, performed at 4:00 pm on July 17 and 24.

  • Associate conductor Andrew Megill conducting Tuesday night concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach (BWV 21) to Barber (Adagio for Strings) to Bernstein (Chichester Psalms).

  • World renowned musicians and vocal soloists, including Mhairi Lawson, Meg Bragle, Thomas Cooley, and the return of bass-baritone Dashon Burton.

  • Wednesday evening concerts, Monteverdi’s Vespers, at the magnificent Carmel Mission Basilica, featuring the Festival Orchestra and Chorale.

  • Friday night orchestral concerts featuring Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony. The final movement, centered on “Ode to Joy,” is Beethoven’s expression of universal brotherhood and ecstatic jjoy.

  • Different programs on Thursdays during the Festival including Folk and “Barolk” highlighting the individual talents of the Bach Festival orchestra and chorale produced by violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter, and “Going to California: An Intimate Journey from Beethoven to Broadway and Beyond, on July 27, with the Bach Festival vocal soloists performing repertoire by Beethoven, Schubert, Cole Porter, Lerner and Lowe and even Led Zeppelin!

  • A wide array of chamber concerts including foyer concerts at the Sunset Center, and an array of performances from a range of repertoire at Carmel Presbyterian Church on Ocean Avenue, and All Saints Church on Dolores Street.

  • For the fourth year, due to popular demand, a special family concert is scheduled on Saturday, July 23 at 11 AM at Sunset Center Theater featuring Leonard and Rasmus: Expedition to the Moon!

  • Discounted ticket prices for students, active and retired military, and families

  • An opening gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cannery Row on Friday, July 14 featuring Festival violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 1, 2017. Concert tickets range from $10 – $128.

Business partners for 2017 include: Albano Investment Management, California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Carmel Insurance Agency, Cobblestone Vineyards, Monterey Private Wealth, Noland Hammerly, Scudder Roofing, Valley Hearing Systems, and Western Digital (as of February 15, 2016).


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