In July, the Carmel Bach Festival in California will mark its 75th anniversary with the theme “Bach: Spheres of Influence” under Music Director Paul Goodwin. Festival programs will explore the impact of J.S. Bach by juxtaposing his music with works from England, Europe, Russia, Mexico, South America, and the United States. Highlights of the fifteen-day festival include “Bach and Bluegrass” with the mandolin duo Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg performing with members of the festival orchestra in works of Bach, Vivaldi, bluegrass, and Bulgarian folk music; a rare period performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2; South American and Mexican choral music from the 16th to 20th centuries; Bach’s Mass in B minor and Orchestral Suite Nos. 3 and 4; and an evening showcasing styles and music from the festival’s 75 years, ending with the finale of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Posted December 15, 2011