11-16 Carmel Bach Festival

In a picturesque seaside town, this festival has been quietly going on for three-quarters of a century. It’s a place where the setting and the music compete for attention.  The Carmel Bach Festival is not just Bach, though it is uniquely Carmel. This quaint seaside village retains its small-town feel, despite the hordes of tourists who visit each summer to shop, dine, and just enjoy the ocean view.Some of them come to hear performances in venues from the 18th century Carmel Mission Basilica to the bucolic “Church in the Forest” located on the scenic 17-Mile Drive.

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Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzona
Bach: Ricercar a 6 from A Musical Offering
Beethoven: Fantasy in C Minor for Piano, Choir and Orchestra, Op. 80
Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Brahms: Schicksalslied, op 54 (Song of Destiny)
Haydn: Symphony No. 22
Handel: Concerto Grosso in A major, Op 6, No. 11
Bach: St. Matthew Passion (selections)

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Bruno Weil, Music Director and Conductor - German conductor, Bruno Weil, was a master student of Hans Swarowsky and Franco Ferrara. Following his studies, he went on to win several important international competitions. In 1988, he catapulted to international prominence when he replaced Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival, conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he is principal guest conductor of the Toronto-based Tafelmusik. He has been Music Director and Conductor of California’s Carmel Bach Festival since 1992, finishing his tenure with the 2010 season, and Artistic Director of the period-instrument festival “Klang und Raum” (Sound and Space) in Irsee, Bavaria. More

Andrew Megill, Associate Conductor -
Andrew Megill is recognized as one the leading choral conductors of his generation, known for his passionate artistry and unusually wide-ranging repertoire, extending from early music to newly composed works. He has prepared choruses for performances with many leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Dresden Philharmonie, as well as for conductors Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, and Kurt Masur. More

Paul Goodwin, Incoming Music Director and Conductor - One of Europe most versatile and creative conductors, Paul Goodwin, begins his inaugural season as music director and conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in 2011. He is the fourth maestro to hold this position in the organization’s distinguished 73-year history and succeeds the extraordinary Bruno Weil. Goodwin, who has already started artistic planning for next season, says, “I look forward to many fulfilling years expanding and developing this renowned festival in unique and different ways. I also am pleased to work with its dedicated staff to further illuminate this bright musical star on the California coast.” More

Andrew Arthur, Harpsichord, Organ Soloist and Concert Director- Andrew is Fellow-Commoner and Director of Music at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he maintains a busy schedule as a tutor throughout the University, both in academic and performance studies. An acknowledged specialist in the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, Andrew has gained a reputation  as a musician of exceptional versatility.  More

Allen Bennett, Tenor - In recent years, lyric tenor Alan Bennett has emerged as one of the finest oratorio singers in the USA, noted for his performances of J.S. Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, and Mozart. He has performed extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and South America, singing with prominent festivals and orchestras, as well as in recitals, concerts and operas. His performances have received critical acclaim, notably for his interpretations of the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach. More

David Breitman, Piano -
David Breitman is equally at home with the fortepiano and the modern piano, and his growing discography reflects that versatility. His most recent recording project was of a major new song cycle by the Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin with Sanford Sylvan. Additional collaborations with Sylvan include recordings of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin (using a replica of a Graf fortepiano), Beloved that Pilgrimage (three 20th century song cycles), and an all-Fauré program. More

Kendra Colton, Soprano –
Kendra has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, ensembles and festivals including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, the National Symphony (Kennedy Center), the Handel & Haydn Society, Washington Bach Consort and Music of the Baroque.  More

Thomas Cooley, Tenor – Thomas Cooley is establishing a worldwide reputation as a singer of versatility and virtuosity. His repertoire ranges across more than four centuries, from Monteverdi to Philip Glass. Recent highlights include Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Les Nuits d’Ete (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Music of the Baroque/Glover); Bazajet in Handel’s Tamerlano (International Handel Festival Göttingen/McGegan); Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Singapore); Steffani’s Stabat Mater (Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Marcon); Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Handel and Haydn Society/Christophers); Schubert’s Mass in G (San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas). More

Kathleen Flynn, Mezzo-Soprano – Kathleen received degrees from Stony Brook University (DMA), Juilliard (MA and JOC), University of Toronto (Performance Diploma), and Dalhousie University (BM). A Sullivan Foundation award winner, she has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Julius Rudel, Robert Spano, Christopher Hogwood, Mario Bernardi and Jane Glover. More

David Newman, Baritone – David Newman first appeared at the Festival as an Adams Fellow in 1995, returning the following year as Jesus in the St. John Passion. He performs regularly with period instrument groups, including Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare and the Bach Sinfonia.  More

Sally-Anne Russell, Mezzo-Soprano – One of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic artists, Sally-Anne is a principal mezzo-soprano with Opera Australia. She is frequently engaged by the Symphony Australia Orchestras and also appears as a recitalist and recording artist. She has sung in ten countries and has over forty operatic roles to her credit. More

Sanford Sylvan, Baritone – Sanford Sylvan has performed with most of the leading orchestras of the world collaborating with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blohmstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christopher Hogwood, James Levine, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In opera, he has worked with many directors including Peter Sellars, Robert Wilson, Sir Peter Hall, John Copley, Tim Alberry and Deborah Warner in theaters such as Glyndebourne, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels.  More

David Vanderwal, Tenor –David has performed roles with various ensembles across the nation, including the American Bach Soloists, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, New York Collegium, and Tafelmusik. He has also appeared as featured soloist with many choral societies nationwide, and was a vocal coach and teacher at the International Bachakademie’s Stuttgart Festival in Überlingen, Germany. Photo: © Copyright Vanderwal 2009 More