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Carmel Bach Festival

Friday, October 23 - Friday, November 5, 2021

California’s oldest music festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates over 80-years of history with 14 days of performances, talks and educational events. As always, the focus is on J.S. Bach and the many composers he influenced, including Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.

Highlights of the repertoire include Bach’s Mass in B-Minor, Brandenburg Concerti, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia, and the traditional and unique Chorale concert, among others. 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 back for more updates, and find more information on the Carmel Bach Festival website.

Main Concerts

The Carmel Bach Festival centerpiece is the Main Concert Series in the Sunset Theater.

Chamber Music Concerts

In repertoire spanning five centuries, the Festival's chamber concerts expose the breadth of Bach and those he influenced. Hear performances of Bach's organ works and chamber music. You'll also have the chance to hear works from Bach's contemporaries and heirs, including Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Brahms, Schubert, and more.

Carmel Bach Festival Venues

Venues, schedules and settings are as diverse as the repertoire. Many Festival concerts will be held in Carmel-by-the-Sea's beautiful Sunset Theater. Other events take place in churches, theaters and other venues including the All Saints Church, Carmel Mission, Carmel Presbyterian Church, and Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach.

Carmel Bach Festival Tickets

The Carmel Bach Festival works to make the inspiring music of Bach and his heirs accessible to everyone, with both many free events and a broad range of ticket price points. Tickets can be purchased through the Carmel Bach Festival's official ticketing site.

Carmel Bach Festival Hotels

Several hotels are conveniently located in Carmel-by-the-Sea and walking distance to many of the festival's events. Accommodations in Pacific GrovePebble Beach and Monterey are a short drive to the event.

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