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Carmel Bach Festival


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 Big Idea

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

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.