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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 103 played at the festival in six years. Goodwin describes it as "joyous and fas- cinating and forward looking.'' You can't get much more joyous than J.S. Bach's "Ascension Oratorio,'' which highlights the festival's gala opening night concert July 15 in the Sunset Center Auditorium. Also on the first-night program is minimalist composer Philip Glass' 1992 "Concerto Grosso.'' Henry Purcell's 1694 "Birthday Ode for Queen Mary,'' introduces High Baroque ceremonial sounds into the mix. George Frideric Handel is well-represented by "Worthy is the Lamb, Amen'' from his signature work "Messiah.'' The opening night program is repeated July 22. The festival's elegant eclecticism comes from Goodwin's desire to forge connections between different eras, traditions and cultures. It's also central to the on-going drive to expand audiences and engage diverse communi- ties. The event leads master classes, offers free lectures and stages free concerts, as well as free-admission open rehearsals that draw up to 600 music lovers. Goodwin, concertmaster Peter Hanson and dramaturge David Gordon collaborate in presenting the open rehearsals. Festival planning starts several years ahead of time and incorporates ideas from an in-house artistic committee. "It's a give-and-take process. It's rarely 'Just tell us what to do,' and they do it. The final decision is mine,'' Goodwin says. (Left) The 80th Carmel Bach Festival takes place in various locations, including the Sunset Center Auditorium (pictured) and the Carmel Mission Basilica. Conductor Goodwin (right) leads the July 15th opening gala. Photo: Patrice Ward/Carmel Bach Festival Photo: Randy Tunnell/Carmel Bach Festival

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