Carmel Bach Festival - Cottage Tour
One of the homes featured in the Carmel Bach Festival's “Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas” tour

Good news for Monterey Peninsula Bach lovers. The Carmel Bach Festival recently announced that this year’s events would be “live and in person,” Oct. 23 – Nov. 5. Details are still to come, but expect the usual concerts at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, with additional events in other venues as available. Meanwhile, the organization is carrying on virtually with its annual “Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas” tour, held online this year through May 9.

The online tour gives participants the opportunity to visit five showcase homes at their convenience through May 9. Click here to read descriptions of the houses and gardens comprising the virtual adventure. Accompanying music is provided by students from throughout Monterey County who have participated in the Carmel Bach Festival’s Young Artists’ Showcase.
 
“Curating the tour has been an exhilarating experience,” said longtime Event Director Gail Dryden. “The homes are architecturally wonderful and the owner's collections are unique. Being able to focus on the details is a real advantage of a virtual tour. I hope you enjoy it.”

The online tour lets ticketholders see the homes when and as often as you wish. Tickets, priced at $40 can be purchased at this link, or by calling (831) 624-1521. All proceeds help support the Carmel Bach Festival.

As for the festival itself, Carmel Bach Festival President Cyril Yansouni said, “After considering all relevant factors, we are now committed to presenting a Festival which will safely enable the largest number of our dedicated patrons once again to enjoy the superlative live music for which the Festival is known. For more than 80 years, the Festival has been the high point on the July arts calendar on the Monterey Peninsula. This year, a fall schedule offers the best opportunity for a joyous celebration and reunion with our musicians and patrons.”
 
Attendees can look forward to performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia, and the annual Chorale concert, among other highlights. A press release stated that the program is likely to expand if the public health environment continues to improve. More specific information and ticket availability will be announced at a later date.

An ensemble takes a bow in a 2017 Carmel Bach Festival performance | Credit: Nicholas Jones

The 2021 Festival will also honor Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Paul Goodwin as he concludes an 11-year tenure as the artistic leader of the Festival.

Check the Carmel Bach Festival website for details and developments.

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