Carmel Bach Festival Announces 86th Season, July 15-29, 2023

The Carmel Bach Festival is thrilled to present its 86th season titled, “beginnings,” July 15-29, 2023. General ticket sales open April 1. 

 Enjoy more than 50 events including Main Concerts, Chamber Concerts, pre-concert talks, open masterclasses by the Virginia Best Adams Masterclass and Baroque & Classical Academy, the Family Concert, and more.  

“The Festival’s theme, ‘beginnings,’ will reveal how composers and performers are innovative, creative, and affirming,” said Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Grete Pedersen. “They can show us paths, familiar and unknown, outwards to the world and inwards to ourselves.  

I am delighted and humbled to become a part of Carmel Bach Festival’s rich and fascinating tradition. Together with our highly skilled musicians, staff, and volunteers, I very much look forward to meeting you this summer in a soundscape of old and new ‘beginnings.’” 


-Discounted ticket prices are available for students, active and retired military, and children.

Health and safety continue to be our priority. COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change at any time, and we will keep all patrons informed of these changes.

-Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 1, 2023. Concert tickets range from $10 – $140.

-Most Main Concerts will be presented without intermission and run about 75 minutes.


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 two-week celebration of concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and open rehearsals in July. 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.

The Festival is the longest-running summer music festival in California.

For more information, visit The 86th season takes place July 15—29, 2023.

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