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Carmel Bach Festival

Carmel Bach Festival (Carmel, CA)

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(July 14 – 28, 2012) This two-week summer festival was founded in 1935, and features more than 60 composers in addition to the monolithically prolific Johann Sebastian Bach — with other Baroque figures like Handel, Haydn, Schütz, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Purcell among them. But the various ensembles perform repertoire that goes beyond the Baroque period to include the works of Elgar, Rossini, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, among many others.

Pre-concert talks, panels, lectures, and other events are free of charge; film presentations also complement the festival’s concert offerings. Another vital aspect of Carmel is its Festival Academy, which trains young singers and instrumentalists through rehearsals, workshops, and performances. (DK)

Carmel Bach Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by Amtrak and Greyhound, but a taxi from the station will be required)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Varies by venue
  • Performances/Programs: Annual three-week summer festival takes place in numerous venues throughout Carmel and other towns in California in July to August; more than 150 events are scheduled. Performance schedule varies
  • Admission: $25–$60. $20 tickets available for students and active military to most performances. Some events are free
  • Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more
  • Subscriptions: Several subscriptions are offered by the festival, including the Sunset Theater package (all six main concerts) for $270–$380 and the Intermezzo Concert package (consisting of seven recital tickets) for $125
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Educational initiatives include pre-concert talks and youth music programs.