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8 Star Starred
Sunset Center Theater
San Carlos and 9th Carmel, CA 93921
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4.9 average rating
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11 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 01 2014

It was a great program and they saved the best for last - Mendelssohn's Italian! The performers are professional with a twist of fun and you always get a top-notch performance at Carmel Bach, and often some musical chuckles, too.

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1 stars
attended Jul 28 2014

Peter Hanson always puts together a great concert - wonderful music, plus the background stories and trivia he mentions when introducing each piece where his infectious joie de vivre and sense of humour shine through.
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8 stars
attended Jul 22 2013

I loved both concerts. The Sunset Center is beautiful and the sound is perfect no matter where you are sitting. The seats are so comfortable that I never got tired. That's unusual for me because I always ache somewhere after sitting for a long...continued

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Events are typically two hours in length with one 20-minute intermission, but some concerts may run longer.

Sunday, July 20 & 27, 2014: The Saint Matthew Passion
Tenor Rufus Miller solos on Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Monday, July 21 & 28, 2014: Concertmaster Peter Hanson Presents…
Festival Strings and Dominic Teresi, bassoon
• Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 4
• Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Bassoon in F Major, RV 485
• Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (arranged for string orchestra)
• Francesco Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D Minor (“La Follia” After Corelli, Op 5, No. 12)
• Alessandro Stradella: Sinfonia avanti il Damone…

Thursday, July 24 & 31, 2014: Mandolin Magic
Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, mandolins and members of the Festival Strings
• Antonio Vivaldi: Double Violin concerto in A Minor, Op. 3, No. 8, RV 522 (transcribed for two mandolins)
• Raffaelle Calace: “Marziale” movement from Concerto No. 1, Op. 113
• Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Minor for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060 (transcribed for two mandolins)
• Plus various Bulgarian, bluegrass, “American bend” duets and a Brazilian Choro piece for two mandolins and strings

Friday, July 25 and August 1, 2014: Italian Symphony
Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225 (Instrumental setting)
• Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 3 in C Minor (for Strings, Winds and Continuo)
• Giaochino Rossini: Semiramide Overture
• Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 in A Major (“Italian”)

About the Ticket Supplier: Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival (CBF) began in 1935 as a four-day series of concerts at the Sunset School Auditorium and the Carmel Mission Basilica. Over the years, it grew to a three-week celebration of concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and open rehearsals, and in 2009 the Festival was shortened to two weeks. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas. Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Paul Goodwin and Executive Director Debbie Chinn, the organization offers innovative artistic programming across all concerts, off-season activities to expand access outside Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula, and is taking strategic risks to cultivate younger and more diverse participants.