Join the Carmel Bach Festival experience with the Orchestra, Chorale, Chorus, and vocal soloists in concerts at the Sunset Theater, the Carmel Mission Basilica, and other venues along with pre-concert talks, the Family Concert, Tower Music, chamber music, the Young Artists’ Showcase and more.
The 85th season is different because it starts on a Thursday and offers 10 unique Main Concert programs. This unusual Festival concert calendar enables three pairs of Thursday and Saturday Main Concerts, each program performed only once. Each Thursday/Saturday pair is directed by a different conductor invited by the Artistic Director Search Committee in connection with a potential role in the artistic leadership of the Carmel Bach Festival beginning in 2023.
Conductors Dinis Sousa, Grete Pedersen, and Nicholas McGegan each direct Thursday/Saturday concerts while Associate Conductor Andrew Megill (Sundays and Wednesdays), Concertmaster Peter Hanson (Mondays), and Edwin Huizinga with William Coulter of Fire & Grace (Fridays), lead the other Main Concerts. The Sunday, Monday, and Friday programs are repeated in the usual manner.
“The 2022 Festival is exciting in many ways,” said Festival Executive Director Steve Friedlander. “At last, patrons, musicians, friends, and colleagues will gather in large numbers, savor the transformative power of music, and renew the special personal connections and relationships that define the Carmel Bach Festival.
“A great wealth of talent and musicianship will converge for the 85th Season. Festival Artistic Leadership Team members, three guest conductors, and 80 musicians will lead us on an exhilarating journey covering 500 years of Baroque, classical, and crossover music: something for everyone. I am confident that your Festival experiences will inspire, heal, lift your spirits, and bring you joy. I hope you will join us and create or renew your relationship with this welcoming and engaging community. Thank you for your patronage.”
The Festival is also pleased to feature vocal soloists soprano Clara Rottsolk, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.