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The Carmel Bach Festival begins its 2014 celebration

21 Jul 2014 9:33 AM
The Carmel Bach Festival begins its 2014 celebration

Do you like classical music? Then you're going to like this. The 2014 Carmel Bach Festival is about to begin - and it may provide the most comprehensive selection of events that it has ever offered. 

The Bach Festival began 77 years ago, when it only ran for four days. Now, it runs for more than two weeks every year - and encompasses concerts, recitals, adult education classes, lectures and much more. Located near the luxury real estate in Carmel-by-the-sea, California, the festival has become a favorite for music-lovers from all over the west coast.

This year, the festival will be running from July 19 to Aug. 2, with numerous concerts and performances occurring multiple times each throughout the two weeks. It all officially kicks off this Saturday, with a performance entitled "Magnificent Magnificat." Featuring Johann Sebastian Bach's "Magnificat in D. Major," newly commissioned work from Caroline Shaw, Vivaldi's "Gloria" and even more great works all in the same performance, this festival is sure to be a highlight - both of the festival, and of the year.

That event begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available at the festival's official website. However, that's hardly the only showing that will be presented during the festival: "Magnificent Magnificat" will repeat many times throughout the week leading to July 26, and the festival has no less than six other professionally curated performances occurring constantly until the end of the July.

The youth chorus will also be performing during the festival
It's not just the professionals who are celebrating the life and works of Bach during the festival this year. 2014 also marks the 10th anniversary of the festival's youth chorus, which will be putting on a theme-appropriate performance this year.

It'll be called "The Italian Job," to tie in with this festival's Italian focus, and it will feature performances of works composed by Lodovico Viadana, Luca Marenzio, Josquin Desprez and many other master musicians. Justin Gaudoin, who has been with the chorus for six years now, even goes so far as to say that this is the best performance the group will have ever given. 

"For me, I'm a thinker," Gaudoin told the San Francisco Classical Voice. "But when as a group we pass a certain threshold, there's that click and everyone is on the same wave length and it's all just one thought, [we're at our best.]"