Carmel Bach Festival 2018 


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After an amazing festival last year with record audience attendance and wonderful support from the community and our ever generous patrons we are looking towards the launch of Carmel Bach Festival 2018.

We open with Bach’s first orchestral suite, “big band” in a french style, followed by the spectacular medieval/modern masterpiece: Carmina Burana.

Bach’s Matthew Passion takes center stage on Sundays, presented with some theatrical elements, narrated by Rufus Muller along with Tom Cooley, Meg Bragle, Mari Lawson and John Brancy.

Monday mixes Vivaldi and Piazzola in the virtuosic hands of Peter Hanson our concertmaster. 

Tuesday is Opera night, with Handle, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner, with a little Bernstein in his 100th year.

Andrew Megill presents the very beautiful Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri in the Carmel Mission Basilica.

Our star folk fiddler Edwin Huizinga returns with William Coulter and  “Fire and Grace”. 

There is the usual mix in our chamber concerts of Bach Cantatas and Bach solo and ensemble pieces mixed with themed concerts and music of all periods including romantic string quartets, wind ensembles, vocal recitals and early baroque instrumental concerts. We will have free concerts and open rehearsals, Tower Brass and our kids concerts with “Leonard and Rasmus”.

We finish with Copeland Appalachian Spring, Bernstein “On the Town” suite and Beethoven Eroica.



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