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


CBF 2019 — Community Concert at St. Francis Xavier Church in Seaside

St. Francis Xavier Church

As magical as it is to experience concerts when the audience is enthralled from the first to the last note, it is also magical to experience concerts when the audience is discovering a new experience with ooh’s and aah’s. Each year, the Carmel Bach Festival presents a Community Concert. This has been held in previous years at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Seaside. Thank you to the good people of this church for welcoming one and all to hear music. Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, was the latest of these informal free concerts. We heard a kind of “tasting menu” of pieces played by a string quintet and woodwind octet. Providing behind the scenes help was Suzanne Mudge, Director of Community Engagement. These concerts are planned to inspire people to experience the music of the Carmel Bach Festival. 

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era


[email protected]: Incredible Decades

Photo credit: Anna Kariel

Under the rubric “Incredible Decades,” [email protected] presented Concert Program II of its Seventeenth Season on Wednesday, July 17, with a veritable feast of Classical color, manifested in the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. This night’s decade, 1790-1800, entitled “Beethoven Launched,” had the audience at The Center for the Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton in consistent thrall as a grand array of musicians realized diversely rich scores in vivacious and infectious ensemble. 

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era


Music of Jubilation: Symphony Silicon Valley Finale

Tatsuya Shimono

Conductor Tatsuya Shimono led the 2018-19 season finale of Symphony Silicon Valley on Saturday, June 1, at the California Theatre. The program featured choral music by Dvorak and Beethoven, featuring guest soloists and the gifted Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, whose Music Director is Elena Sharkova. Besides the rarely performed 1891Te Deum of Antonin Dvorak, the powerful draw came in the form of Beethoven’s mighty 1824 Ninth Symphony, the “Choral.” Among the pedestals of Western Music, this last symphony of Beethoven casts a perpetual spell over performers and auditors alike, compelling us to examine the very foundations of the musical art.

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Archived in these categories: Choral, Classical Era, Orchestral, Romantic Era