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Carmel Valley
Inside the Carmel Bach Festival
The Carmel Bach Festival has grown from humble origins in 1935 to the cultural tour de force it is today. Come see for yourself as you enjoy lectures, concerts and, of course, Bach!
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DAY
1
Check-in/Welcome Dinner
Carmel Valley, California
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Wright Hall

Afternoon: 5:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception. Meet your fellow participants in a wine and cheese reception in the Fireside Room. Drink California wines or juices and savor brie and crackers.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Welcome Dinner & Orientation. Like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner is served buffet-style and presents selections from the "salad bowl of the universe" as well as tastefully prepared entrees made in our own kitchen. All baked goods are also prepared here on campus.

DAY
2
Intro to the Festival & Bach Festival Concert
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:30am Breakfast is prepared fresh each day in our campus kitchen and served buffet style. Warm from the oven baked goods accompany the normal breakfast offerings of oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, etc.

Morning: 10:00 am A Look at the Festival. Our expert teacher/performer presents the history of the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrating its 80th Anniversary. We will look at this year’s theme, musical selections, conductors and musicians.

Lunch: 12:30 Lunch time and an opportunity to enjoy wonderful soups, sandwich makings and, at least on one day, a marvelous Asian lunch . . . all prepared in our kitchen and served by the staff that's been with us for over 20 years.

Afternoon: 3:15 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “Spiritual Sunday”. Repertoire includes Mahler, Mozart, and Sir John Tavener’s Mother and Child which celebrates the miracle of birth and a mother’s love for a newborn through mass blocks of sounds from an organ, the chorale and a Hindu Temple Gong.

Dinner: 6:00 Dinner

Evening: Wine, Wonderful Wine. Becoming a world wine center, Carmel Valley wines are discussed and sampled with the guidance of a local winemaker.

DAY
3
Bach Festival Concert & Natural History of Monterey
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Optional morning E-Stretch class followed by Breakfast at 8:45am. Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities before breakfast. No need for special clothing or shoes and no need for a shower afterwards.

Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation. Each concert is previewed and later reviewed by our beloved teacher/performer, Dr. Trevor Stephenson. To heighten our aesthetic experience and musical appreciation we learn about the composers and repertoire of that day’s concert.

Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon: 2:00 pm A coastal biologist explores the Natural History that contributes to making Carmel/Monterey a world famous area.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner is served (often accompanied by California wines) and features a buffet with copious greens (many from our own organic gardens) along with the entree

Evening: 7:00 pm Bus Departs for Bach Festival Concert, “A Night in Vienna”. Featuring Concertmaster Peter Hanson whose programs are known for their humor and the unexpected. The program features the music of the “King of Vienna,” Johann Strauss, Jr. He composed more than 500 waltzes, polkas and other dances, and was mainly responsible for the popularity of the waltz in 19th century Vienna.

DAY
4
Bach Festival Concert & History of the Harpsichord
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 8:45 am Breakfast

Morning: 10:00 am History of the Harpsichord

Lunch: 12:30 Lunch

Afternoon: 2:00 pm Concert Preparation

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: 7:00 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “From Bach to Bernstein”. Tonight’s concert opens with J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viet Bekümmerinis, which translates as “I had much grief,” and represents the composer’s transition between a simpler style to a more operatic recitative and aria style using contemporary poetry. The second half of the program features music of two towering figures in American music – Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

DAY
5
Carmel Mission Basilica Bach Festival Concert
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 8:45 am Breakfast

Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation

Lunch: sack lunch provided

Afternoon: Free Afternoon.

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: 7:30 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “Monteverdi Vespers”. One of the most popular and enduring traditions of the Carmel Bach Festival is the performance in the sublime setting of the Carmel Mission Basilica. Monteverdi’s Verspers composition is highly virtuosic and utilizes a wide range of styles. More than 400 years after its debut, the work retains its power to delight, surprise and deeply move its audience.

DAY
6
Bach Festival Concert
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 9:00 am Breakfast

Morning: 10:00 am Take a break and listen to as a fabulous pianist performs and discusses a master composer with one of Hidden Valley's instructors: The Life & Music of Scott Joplin, or Yeats & Chopin.

Lunch: 12:30 Lunch

Afternoon: 2:00 pm Concert Preparation

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: 7:00 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “Folk and ‘Barolk’”. Virtuoso Bach Festival Musicians present an evening of crossover brilliance! Repertoire includes Bach and other composers interspersed with traditional Irish and Bulgarian tunes.

DAY
7
Bach Festival Concert & Free Time
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 8:45 am Breakfast

Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation

Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: 7:00 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “Joyful Ode”. An evening of of Beethoven and Brahms which centers on “Ode to Joy”, Beethoven’s expression of universal brotherhood and ecstatic joy. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is his last creative statement in a form that no other composer has so thoroughly explored to the heights of artistry. It is the first symphony to use voices.

DAY
8
Bach Festival Concert & Free Time
Carmel Valley, California
B,L,D
Wright Hall

Breakfast: 8:00 am Long, slow stretching and breathing exercises prepare participants for the day's activities followed by 8:45 am Breakfast

Morning: 10:00 am Concert Preparation

Lunch: 12:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon: Free Afternoon

Dinner: 6:00 pm Dinner

Evening: 7:00 pm Bus departs for Bach Festival Concert, “80!”. Program features Bach’s Ascension Oratorio (1735), which resembles his iconic Christmas Oratorio and is framed by extended, celebratory choral movements, which set the perfect joyful tone for the 80th Carmel Bach Festival. Philip Glass shares the same birth year as the Bach Festival, and the festival pays tribute to the great composer through a performance of his Concerto Grosso. Each movement of the piece is written for a select section of the orchestra – the woodwinds, brass, and strings – in the composer’s distinctive minimalist style.

DAY
9
Farewell
Carmel Valley, California
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Breakfast: 8:00 am Breakfast

Morning: 8:45 Summing up & Farewell