Our Mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S.Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. Our Vision is to be a world class festival of music and ideas transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation, both at the Festival and in communities, and to provide fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways.
The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration and ongoing worldwide influence of J.S. Bach by immersing audiences in a festival experience that integrates music, education and ideas, and also by providing meaningful community engagement throughout the year. Bach Festival violinist Edwin Huizinga will direct this year’s Big Idea: He’ll recruit a young string quartet through a national competition aimed at top-tier music schools and musicians from ages 18 to 28. The quartet will serve as artists-in-residence and musical ambassadors to the community during the 2020 festival season. The string quartet will provide capacity the festival needs during its season to go beyond its traditional programs and venues to serve new audiences; target communities include Salinas, Marina, Seaside, Monterey, King City and Big Sur.
The Bach Festival is very important to me. It’s my favorite two weeks of the year. The quality is beyond reproach and it involves wonderful people and artists. It’s made a huge impact on the quality of life in Carmel.
- Peggy Grier