Carmel Valley
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
9 days
Starts at
9 days
8 nights
23 meals
8B 7L 8D
Check-in/Welcome Dinner
Carmel Valley, California
Bach Festival Concert
Carmel Valley, California
Bach Festival Concert & Free Time
Carmel Valley, California
Bach Festival Concert & Free Time
Carmel Valley, California
Carmel Valley, California
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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.
Activity Level
Minimal walking on flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend all seven major concerts of the festival, 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.
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Trevor Stephenson
Trevor Stephenson began piano studies at age 10 and, at age 12, decided on a life in music. Following two undergraduate degrees in piano performance, he earned a doctorate of musical arts degree in historical performance of 18th-century music from Cornell University. In 1990 in Madison, Wis., he began rebuilding and customizing a series of keyboard instruments. Trevor founded the Light & Shadow concert and recording company in 1994, and has released 12 recordings. He is artistic director of the Madison Bach Musicians.
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