Inside the Carmel Bach Festival

From humble origins, the festival has become a cultural tour de force. Celebrate the ongoing influence of J.S. Bach as you immerse yourself in lectures, concerts and, of course, Bach!
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Program No. 4623RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Each summer since 1935, the Carmel Bach Festival has presented the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and his musical heirs in concerts and recitals in the spectacular setting of the European-inspired Carmel-by-the-Sea. Heighten your aesthetic experience and musical appreciation as experts’ lively presentations prepare you for each piece you will hear. Delve into the world of Bach, his inspirations and his on-going influence at this world-famous festival experience integrating music, education and ideas.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend six festival concerts, including the coveted candlelight concert in the Carmel Mission, a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
  • Learn about Bach and his contemporaries from the experts at the Hidden Valley Institute of the Performing Arts.
  • Enjoy independent time to soak up the atmosphere and natural beauty of seaside Monterey and Carmel.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, a farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and a live performance or event.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Evening in the Palace of Reason, Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment
by James Gaines
Music in the Castle of Heaven
by John Eliot Gardiner
J.S. Bach
by Albert Schweitzer
2 volumes
J.S. Bach, the Learned Musician
by Christoph Wolff
J.S. Bach, Oxford Composer Companion Series
by Malcolm Boyd

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