"Bach Inspires" Celebrating the Centennial of Carmel-by-the-Sea Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. – The Carmel Bach Festival presents its 79th Annual Festival, July 16 – July 30, 2016 in venues throughout Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach, California. Pre-festival activities occur July 13-15. This year’s festival features more than 40 events including main series concerts, recitals performed on period instruments, and a Music and Ideas series. “J.S. Bach is an enduring influence on music of all ages. This year we look at many of the composers he inspired and how his music is absorbed into the very fabric of our musical culture,” said Paul Goodwin, artistic director and principal conductor. “Carmel-by-the-Sea celebrates and we celebrate too! With water music of all kinds, from barges on the Thames to storms at sea and even a "Cloudburst" overhead!” Highlights of the 2016 Festival include: • An opening night concert that includes Handel’s Water Music , C.P.E Bach’s intriguing Magnificat, and Eric Whitacre’s choral masterpiece Cloudburst. These pieces were specially chosen to celebrate the heritage of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s connection to the ocean • A new venue for the pre-fest chamber concert on Wednesday, July 13 at the Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Avenue location, titled Happy Hour Bach. A new performance time for Sunday’s afternoon concert, Bach’s masterpiece, the B Minor Mass, which will be performed at 4:00 pm on July 17 and 24 • Following on the footsteps of wildly successful semi-staged opera productions, the Carmel Bach Festival presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Idomeneo in a specially adapted version for Carmel, Tuesdays, July 19 and 26, at the Sunset Center. The grand opera’s cast is stellar, headlined by tenor Thomas Cooley as the eponymous lead character. Cooley is familiar to Carmel Bach Festival audiences from his Magic Flute role as Tamino. Sopranos Mhairi Lawson, Clara Rottsolk and Meg Bragle sing the roles of Elettra, Illia and Idamante respectively. Lawson and Bragle are new additions to the Bach Festival’s tradition of outstanding soloists and bring international acclaim. • World-renowned musicians and vocal soloists, including Thomas Cooley, Peter Harvey, and Clara Rottsolk. New soloists this year include soprano Mhairi Lawson and mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle • Wednesday evening concerts, Immortal Bach, at the magnificent Carmel Mission Basilica, featuring Festival Orchestra, Chorale and Chorus and conducted by Associate Conductor Andrew Megill • Friday night orchestral concerts featuring Mendelssohn’s epic Fifth Symphony and Bach’s Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80, both inspired by Bach’s chorale, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” • Different programs on Thursdays during the Festival including Beethoven to Broadway: An Intimate Evening of Romance and Laughter, on July 21, with the Bach Festival vocal soloists and the scintillating piano duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe on July 28. Known for their high-octane performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their recent albums (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were all released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube. In a recent exclusive interview with Carmel Bach Festival, the duo said, “Everything we do is rooted in our mission to make classical music a more relevant and powerful force in society. We…. challenge our audiences more so they would listen deeper or make the music more personal to them. It is a very active approach that we’ve taken to get our audiences to interact with the music in a more personal way, and make it more relevant to them.” The Thursday, July 21 program presents the perfect evening of rousing entertainment. Dubbed “Beethoven to Broaway and curated by Festival dramaturge David Gordon, hear soloists Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Clara Rottsolk (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor) and Peter Harvey (bass) present an evening of romance and laughter. "In honor of Carmel-by-the-Sea's Centennial, I programmed an entire evening of songs about water - rain, ponds, lakes, rivers, and of course, the 'Sea,'" said David Gordon."This will be a fun concert, casual and off-beat, with music by sixteen composers from Rossini and Schubert to Rogers and Hammerstein!" • wide array of chamber concerts including the Carmel Muse on Tuesday afternoons July 19 and 26, which will celebrate songs and poetry connected to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including those by Robinson Jeffers • For the third year, due to popular demand, a special family concert is scheduled on Saturday, July 23 at 11 AM at Sunset Center Theater featuring Leonard and Rasmus Solve a Mystery. • Discounted ticket prices for students, active and retired military, and families Buy Tickets >> Business partners for 2016 include: Albano Investment Management, California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Carmel Insurance Agency, Charles Schwab, Cobblestone Vineyards, KAZU, the Monterey Herald, Monterey Private Weath, Monterey Regional Airport, the law firm Noland, Hamerly, Etienne and Hoss, WeatherTech, Western Digital and Valley Hearing Center. The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration, and ongoing worldwide influence of J.S. Bach by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. The world-class festival of music and ideas provides fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways. Paul Goodwin is now in his sixth season as artistic director and principal conductor, and is known for his background as a professional oboist, Grammy nominee, and winner of the prestigious Handel Prize. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935 on the premise that Carmel-by-the-Sea should become the epicenter of world-class music, art and cultural expression. The 79th annual season takes place July 16 through July 30, 2016. 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