CBF 2019: Fire & Grace & Ice

The Frozen North

            Sometimes you have to buy a concert ticket as a leap of faith. Faith that you will enjoy the music even if you haven’t heard the artist. Faith that you will enjoy the music even if you haven’t heard the instrument(s) used. I had never heard of a nyckelharpa. I have never really delved into Scandinavian folk music. The closest I’ve come to Hardanger Fiddle is bumbling my way through a Hardanger embroidery workshop. I’ve attended workshops and concerts at Church in the Forest before. I knew I would enjoy a lively afternoon hearing Fire & Grace & Ice on Monday, July 22, 2019. I knew attending Fire & Grace & Ice on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Church in the Forest would be a more satisfying experience than that workshop. Listening to the musicians having fun playing wonderful music was thrilling.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Violin


CBF 2019: All Bach Organ Concert

Andrew Arthur

             We are blessed in our little corner of paradise by Carmel Bay. We have many iconic places people come from all over the world to see. We get to enjoy them frequently. Our experience can be very personal. I always feel the history when I visit Carmel Mission Basilica, especially when the organ is heard. I have a very special place in my heart for Opus 3612 built by Casavant Frères and installed in 1986. As part of the Carmel Bach Festival, Andrew Arthur plays All Bach Organ Recitals. I attended the brief concert just before Noon on Monday, July 22, 2019. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Organ


Carmel Bach Festival 2019: Guitar Hero

Jason Vieaux

            During a Festival, you immerse yourself. While you would expect Bach compositions to dominate at the Carmel Bach Festival, we actually get to enjoy so much more. The music offered for our listening is always in some way connected to Bach. Often, the best way to figure out the connection is by attending the pre-concert talk and reading the program notes. Musicologists who offer these viewpoints are often as entertaining and enlightening as the music itself. In the case of “Guitar Hero,” the main concert for Friday, July 19, 2019, the program selections initially seemed distant from Bach, but the pre-concert talk and program notes pulled it together for me and I felt more prepared as I settled into my seat. 

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Carmel Bach Festival, Classical Era, Orchestral, Romantic Era


CBF 2019: Family Concert — Leonard & Rasmus

Leonard & Rasmus

            How do you have fun bringing music to young families? Through a party with bugs! Carmel Bach Festival did just that the morning of Saturday, July 20, 2019. They filled the stage at Sunset Center with musicians from the Bach Festival Orchestra, Chorus, and a few local musicians. After 6 years of fun, the gang really knows how to capture the audience. We follow Leonard and Rasmus on adventures as they explore the world through music with an engaging story created and directed by Suzanne Mudge. Narration is provided by Bach Festival Artistic Director Paul Goodwin. The whirlwind of music, puns and costumes entertains young and old alike. This year, the subject was bugs.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Carmel Bach Festival, Classical Era


Carmel Bach Festival 2019: Young Artists’ Showcase

Young Artists’ Showcase Performers

On Saturday Afternoon in Sunset Center the Carmel Bach Festival presented its annual Young Artists’ Showcase Concert, which, as the name would imply, is designed to showcase talented young musicians from four counties on the Central Coast. Participating in this concert were nine string players, five pianists, three vocalists, and a woodwind octet selected from a larger group of applicants, who had auditioned in May. These auditions were judged by CMMB Artistic Director Erica Horn and YMM Music Director Farkhad Khudyev. The Young Artists’ Showcase is managed and administered by Barbara Priest, the instrumental Music Director at Pacific Grove Middle School.  

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Cello, Chamber music, Piano