it has been my aim since I became the Artistic Director of the Carmel Bach Festival in 2011 to gradually widen the repertoire and to present challenging and exciting programs for you to listen to. As we celebrate our 80th birthday I have endeavoured to expand the breadth of the Festival to even greater levels, incorporating as many musical tastes as possible under the ever inspiring umbrella of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Our musical journey starts in 17th century Venice and London, then moves through Bach's Leipzig to Mozart and Beethoven's Vienna. We take on Schubert and Brahms on our way back round to the decadent Austria of Mahler and Johann Strauss. We keep on going through Ravel's Paris to the New York of Rogers and Hammerstein, ending up with Phillip Glass, John Corigliano, Led Yeppelin and Adelle. This year's Festival really has something for everyone!
We celebrate our own birthday with Purcell's famous Birthday Ode and Bach's uplifting Ascension Oratorio. We celebrate Monteverdi's 450th birthday by performing his most famous work, the 1610 Vespers in the magical setting of the Carmel Mission Basilica and we pay tribute to Phillip Glass in his 80th birthday year.
The two great pillars of the Festival are Mozart's magisterial C Minor Mass on Sunday and Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony on Friday. In between we hear Bach Cantatas, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and a Monday evening of Mozart and Johann Strauss waltzes. Our Thursday evening slot is divided between two contrasting programs: One to highlight our international quartet of soloists with songs by Beethoven and Schubert and a lighter half of music, presenting the Golden Age of Broadway along with songs by Adelle and Lloyd Webber. The other Thursday showcases the young talent in our ensemble with a combination of Vivaldi and Torelli quadruple violin concertos and Irish, Celtic and Bulgarian folk music.
If you prefer a more intimate environment, then our Chamber Series is for you, with string quartets by Ravel, Phillip Glass, Schumann, Mozart and Haydn. Our solo instrumentalists will present JS Bach in the Foyer, while there will be vocal recitals, brass and woodwind concerts, choral evenings, pre-festival concerts, free lectures, masterclasses and open rehearsals, not to forget the continuing adventures of Leonard and Rasmus in space, for the young of heart!
I defy anyone not to find at least one concert that suits their taste! Just turn up at any time to be surprised and challenged.
Variety is the spice of the 80th Carmel Bach Festival !
Come and join us !