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Carmel Bach Festival

Name:

Carmel Bach Festival

Location:

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA

Venues:

Sunset Theater
Carmel Mission Basilica
All Saints Church
Church of the Wayfarer
Carmel Presbyterian Church
Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach

Years:

Since 1935 (Annual Festival)

Months:

July

Artistic Director:

Ernst Bacon (Guest Conductor, 1935)
Gastone Usigli (1938-1956)
Sandor Salgo (1956-1991)
Bruno Weil (1992-2010)
Paul Goodwin (from 2011)

Ensembles:

Carmel Bach Festival Chorale & Chorus
Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra

Website:

Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel Bach Festival on MySpace Music
Carmel-by-the-sea (Wikipedia)

History:

In 1935 Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Bach Festival on the premise that Carmel-by-the-Sea should become the epicenter of world-class music, art and cultural expression. Both women were musical producers, owners of the influential Dene-Watrous Gallery and well-known for their efforts in enhancing the cultural life of the Monterey Peninsula. The Festival began as a three-day festival of open rehearsals, events, and concerts with Ernst Bacon as guest conductor.

In 1938, Gastone Usigli was named conductor, leading the Festival until his death in 1956. Dene Denny chose the next conductor, a young man named Sandor Salgo. Under Salgo's 36-year leadership the largely amateur Festival became professional, nationally recognized and extended to multiple weeks. Sandor Salgo's long tenure as a Stanford University professor created a link between musical sponsorship and the emerging study of historical performance practices and a rediscovery of Baroque music.

When Salgo retired in 1991, Bruno Weil was named the Music Director and Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival. During his 19 years with the Festival, Maestro Weil has advanced the Festival's international reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming and attracted exciting new artists. Maestro Bruno Weil concludeâ his tenure with the 2010 Festival

The 74th Season ïî 2011 will usher in new Music Director Paul Goodwin who is eager to build upon the foundation of his predecessors and take the Carmel Bach Festival into new exciting territory.

The Carmel Bach Festival, which had begun in 1935 as a three-day festival of concerts, expanded to 3 weeks until the 2009 Season which, due to economic concerns, was reduced to 2 weeks. The Festival is a celebration of music and ideas inspired by the historical and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach in the world. In recent years, the Festival was under the management of Jesse Read, who started as a performer with Carmel Bach in 1980. As of 2009, the non-profit company is being guided by newly appointed executive director Camille Kolles.

The Festival has brought the music of the Baroque and beyond to communities of the Monterey Peninsula and to music lovers from both the USA and abroad. Composed of nationally and internationally renowned performing artists, the Festival orchestra and chorale, along with a local chorus, perform in a variety of venues within Carmel including the Sunset Cultural Center and the Carmel Mission Basilica, and other venues throughout the Monterey Peninsula. The Festival reaches out into the community by playing concerts in Monterey, Salinas, Seaside, and King City.

The Carmel Bach Festival has a history of artistic excellence and community service. It is one of the oldest music festivals in the West and the most important American Bach Festival. During the 16 days of the festival approximately 30,000 attendees enjoy a wide range of full orchestral and choral works, individual vocal and chamber ensemble concerts, recitals, films, lectures, interactive talks, master-classes, interactive social and family events, and educational experiences.

Mission:

To celebrate the music of J.S. Bach, his contemporaries and musical heirs and to introduce this genre of music to new audiences.

Recent Festivals:

67th Festival: Jul 17-Aug 7, 2004
68th Festival: Jul 16-Aug 6, 2005
69th Festival: Jul 15-Aug 5, 2006
70th Festival: Jul 14-Aug 4, 2007
71st Festival: Jul 19-Aug 9, 2008
72nd Festival: July 17-Aug 1, 2009

73rd Festival: Jul 17-31, 2010
74th Festival: Jul 16-30, 2011
75th Festival: Jul 14-28, 2012
76th Festival: Jul 13-27, 2013
77th Festival: Jul 16-Aug 2, 2014

Logo:


7th Festival - 1941

1997

1998

68th Festival - 2006

70th Festival -2008 - 1
[Patrick Dower]

70th Festival -2008 - 2
[Ryan Hedges]

71st Festival - 2008 - 3

71st Festival - 2009 (1)

 72nd Festival - 2009 (2)

74th Festival - 2011 Backstage - Spring 2007
 

Source: Carmel Bach Festival Website; eBay; Bruce Nolan Website; Ryen; Hedges Website; Patrick Dowen Website; Pine Coner Archive Website & other web sources

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2009 - March 2014)

Sandor Salgo: Short Biography | Carmel Bach Festival Chorale & Chorus | Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra | Recordings of Vocal Works | Carmel Bach Festival

Bruno Weil: Short Biography | Carmel Bach Festival Chorale & Chorus | Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra | Recordings of Vocal Works | Carmel Bach Festival

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