Carmel Bach Festival

July 15 - 29, 2017

This page has all the events that took place in 2016. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2017's events!

America's most important Bach festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 79th Anniversary in 2016 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. As always, the focus is not only on J.S. Bach, but also on the many artists he influenced, such as Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and more.

The 2016 Festival schedule includes an amazing array of multiple concerts and more than 40 events in Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach.

Music Director and Conductor Paul Goodwin has developed an exciting schedule which includes multiple concerts every day. View the full schedule at the Carmel Bach Festival website.

Main Concerts

The Carmel Bach Festival centerpiece is the Main Concert Series in the Sunset Theater. While the Saturday and Sunday programs are each focused on one main work, the other Main Concerts combine multiple works to provide insight into an instrument, a concept, or the evolution of a musical form.

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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