Director Paul Goodwin Announces Program of Global Influences for 75th Anniversary Carmel Bach Festival

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“Bach: Spheres of Influence” runs gamut from South American to Bluegrass

A global celebration of Bach’s influence marks the 75th anniversary season of the revered Carmel Bach Festival (, led by its innovative new music director, Paul Goodwin ( A renowned international conductor and early music specialist, Mr. Goodwin carries on his inaugural season success with the Festival’s 2012 program, which carries the theme Bach: Spheres of Influence.

“The 75th year of the Festival gives us a wonderful opportunity to look both forward to innovative programming and back to greatly respected traditions,” said Maestro Goodwin. “In that spirit, we’ll present ‘something unusual and something Bach’ on each of the 15 days that we spend celebrating glorious music.”

Between July 14 and 28, Goodwin and the Festival artists will explore a vast range of music -- from Baroque to bluegrass -- that reveals the impact of Johann Sebastian Bach. The program includes works from England, Europe, Russia, Mexico, South America and the United States, illuminating influences and showcasing juxtapositions of Bach’s music with music from around the globe.

Among the many highlights:

Goodwin will continue his open rehearsals, inviting the audience to join him inside the artistic process. In 2011 the open rehearsals grew into a signature phenomenon with the final open rehearsal drawing a crowd of over 600 to Carmel’s Sunset Center in 2011.

The Festival begins on Saturday, July 14, with a grand scale performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass using the full forces of the Festival Chorale, Chorus and Orchestra.

The complete Bach Orchestral Suite cycle will be presented (within both Main Concerts and Chamber Concerts).

The Festival will introduce its audiences to a deeper understanding of Baroque period style with guest Baroque trumpet specialist Robert Farley leading the Festival trumpet section throughout the Festival in the Baroque works, and guest Baroque flute specialist Janet See performing Monday night in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2 led by Concertmaster Peter Hanson.

Popular dramaturge David Gordon will host a special Inside the Music concert, an evening of music and narrative showcasing the signature styles and music of the Festival’s 75 years, and ending with a performance of the complete finale to Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute.

The Thursday Main Concerts will continue the highly successful crossover series begun in 2011, which showcases artists from other disciplines who share a love of J.S. Bach. On tap for 2012 is Bach and Bluegrass. Guest artists are the virtuosic mandolin duo, Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, who rank among the most accomplished and versatile players in the United States and Europe, with members of the Festival Orchestra. The program will be a compilation of Bach, Vivaldi, Bluegrass, and Bulgarian folk music.

The Friday Main Concerts will feature what may be the first ever period style performance in the United States of Brahms's glorious Symphony No. 2.

Festival soloists include returning and new artists. Countertenor Robin Blaze, a new soloist with the Festival, is established in the front rank of interpreters of Purcell, Bach, and Handel.

Returning Festival soloists include Kendra Colton, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor and Alexander Dobson, baritone, along with nearly 100 more national and international artists.

The Festival’s 15 days include a repeated seven-day cycle of daytime and evening events, culminating in the grand “Best of the Fest” concert on Sunday, July 28.

The Main Concerts of the Festival are listed below. The Chamber Concert series, lectures, and other 2012 Festival activities will be announced soon.

SATURDAYS, July 14 and 28, 2012
Paul Goodwin, conductor
Bach: B minor Mass

SUNDAYS, July 15 and 22, 2012 -- (English and Persian spheres)
Paul Goodwin, conductor
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068        
Handel: Alexander’s Feast
Composer TBA: Commissioned work

MONDAYS, July 16 and 23, 2012 -- (Italian spheres)
Concertmaster Peter Hanson’s evening of Italian Baroque + Bach, and a little Argentinean spice. Corelli, Locatelli, Geminiani, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, plus Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2

TUESDAYS, July 17 and 24, 2012 -- Inside the Music: 75 years of the Carmel Bach Festival
Paul Goodwin, conductor, with David Gordon, dramaturge
An evening of music and narrative showcasing the signature styles and music of the Festival’s 75 years

WEDNESDAYS, July 18 and 25, 2012 -- (South American and Mexican spheres)
Andrew Megill, conductor
An evening of South American and Mexican choral music from the 16th to 20th centuries, plus Bach's Mass in G Minor, a musical gem of devotion based on his earlier cantatas

THURSDAYS, July 19 and 26, 2012 -- (North American spheres)
Bach and Bluegrass with mandolin duo Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg

FRIDAYS, July 20 and 27, 2012 -- (German and Russian spheres)
Paul Goodwin, conductor
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
Stravinsky: Pulcinella: Suite
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

BEST OF THE FEST, July 28, 2012
Our final concert that reprises the best moments of the Festival.

About Paul Goodwin
One of Europe's most versatile and creative conductors, Paul Goodwin led his inaugural season as music director and conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in 2011, bringing a fresh spark and his signature creative programming. The British maestro is the fourth to hold this position in the organization's distinguished 74-year history.

Paul was involved in music from an early age as a pianist, recorder player and boy soprano, in the renowned Temple Church Choir in central London. He then moved to the oboe and university in Nottingham, where he studied composition and contemporary music. He eventually became known throughout the world as one of the players in the forefront of the Early Music revival.
At the invitation of Christopher Hogwood, Paul becamethe Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, a post he held for 11 years. During that time three of the Academy’s recordings were nominated for a Grammy in the US and a Gramophone award in Britain. The English Chamber Orchestra subsequently offered him the position of Principal Guest Conductor, a post he held for 6 years. With that orchestra he recorded the highly acclaimed CD Serenade for Strings, featuring Edward Elgar's The Nursery Suite, Dream Children and other works.

Among the many other orchestras Paul has conducted are Switzerland’s the Kammerorchester Basel; the national orchestras of Spain, Belgium, Scotland and Finland; the Swedish and Dutch chamber orchestras; many radio orchestras in Germany.In the United States, his credits include guest conducting appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the UK, he has conducted the BBC Symphony, the Halle, the BBC Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His dedication to education and outreach has inspired him to work with youth and conservatory orhestras around the world.

He has performed with such luminaries as Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich and Magdelena Kozena.

In recognition of his exceptional artistic service to the performance works by Handel, Goodwin was awarded the prestigious Handel Prize in 2007 from the city of Hallé in Germany (Handel's birthplace).

Paul resides near London with his wife, Helen (a former professional cellist, but now an architect), and their three children: Holly, age 13, Tom, age 11, and Barnaby, age 9.All are avid tennis players.

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About the Carmel Bach Festival

Now entering its 75th anniversary season, the Carmel Bach Festival is recognized as a world class festival of music and ideas inspired by the historical and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach in the world. Transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation, the Festival provides fresh contexts of relevance that enable listeners to experience beauty and wonder, sparking the imagination, stimulating conversation, and enriching lives in unpredictable ways.

The Festival has run every summer since 1935 except for a two-year hiatus during World War II. This summer's rich schedule features full orchestral and choral works, individual vocal and chamber ensemble concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures and informal talks, in addition to interactive social and family events.

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