Dene Denny & Hazel Watrous – a new Biography by David Gordon Launched

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Guests mingle at Harmony House

When the Carmel Bach Festival (CBF) throws a party it is certain to be a classy event, and so it was on Saturday afternoon, June 21, when the CBF invited members of the
community to a book launch party to mark the publication and release of David Gordon’s long-awaited biography of Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous. The champagne flowed and the hors d’oeuvres and canapés supplied by Classic Catering (and by the hostess Carol Hilburn) were outstanding.

This event took place in “Harmony House,” the present home of Don & Carol Hilburn on North Dolores Street in Carmel. No venue could have been more appropriate for the launch of David Gordon’s “Carmel Impresarios – a cultural biography of Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous,” for Harmony House was designed (and partially built) by Dene & Hazel in the 1920s and was their home for over 20 years. In the living room of this historic house was launched Carmel’s first art gallery. In this same living room was created the Carmel Music Society, the Carmel Bach Festival and ultimately what was to become the Monterey Symphony.

Although much credit has been given to Dene & Hazel for their accomplishments as movers and shakers in Community Theater and as music impresarios in the early 20th century, detailed knowledge about them and how they developed into such a powerful force in our community has been largely unknown. David Gordon’s superbly researched biography supplies this information and makes it as entertaining as it is enlightening.

Against a background of artistic solo guitar playing by Terrence Farrell, guests representing the board and staff of the Carmel Bach Festival mingled and enjoyed the aura of this historic setting. Also present were guests Anne & Peter Thorp, Co-Presidents of the Carmel Music Society, and Lee Rosen, Chairman of the Board of the Monterey Symphony, with his wife Shirley.

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David Gordon reading excerpts.

The event closed with selected readings by Gordon and an opportunity to purchase copies and have them signed by the author. If you are reading this and don’t want to wait until the Carmel Bach Festival Boutique opens in July, log on to and order your copy now.



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