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June 27, 2002

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Brazilian Guitar Quartet
65th Annual Bach Festival
Tall Ship "Guayas" Comes to Call

One of the Monterey Peninsula's premier music eventsthe Carmel Bach Festivalis celebrating its 65th year with a splendid program of concerts, master classes, and talks. The event spans three weeks, from July 27 through August 4, with programs every day of the week.

Regular Festival-goers will find familiar events on the schedule, including the Intermezzo recitals, intimate chamber music presented in All Saints Church, Carmel, and Carmel Mission Basilica; Twilight concerts such as "Love Letters from the 18th Century" in the Chapel in the Forest; and the main concert series, with performers like the Brazilian Guitar Quartet (pictured above) and the controversial Vivaldi virtuousos Red Priest.

For 2002, new features include three Family Concerts that help introduce young listeners to classical music; special performances at Asilomar in Pacific Grove; and Guests of the Fest. The last features soloists and groups playing at high noon and at 9:00pm in Candlelight Concerts in All Saints Church.

For ticket information call 831-624-2046 or visit
Three-masted brigantine barques used to be fairly common sights in Monterey Baysay 250 years ago... But on June 22-26, one will reappear, when the Ecuadorean Navy training ship Guayas moors at Monterey's Wharf II.

Enjoy free self-guided tours daily from 10am-5pm, plus lots of "don't miss" special events:
  • June 22 9am An exchange of cannon fire with Monterey's Presidio when the ship approaches the wharf. Look up in the rigging: those tiny figures are the midshipmen "manning the rails"!
  • June 22 noon The officers and crew, led by the ship's band, march through downtown Monterey to Custom House Plaza for a historic reenactment of a formal Customs Clearing ceremony at 1:00pm.
  • June 23 noon The ship's salsa band performs on Cannery Row.
  • June 25 Come dance to the ship's salsa band Tuesday 4:00-8:00pm at Old Monterey Market Place.

  • For a full program of events, visit

News & Events
Upcoming Events
Some Enchanted EveningJune 22-July 13, Salinas, 831-755-6816.
The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten WildernessJune 22-September 8, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5716.
Fiddler On the RoofJune 27-July 27, Carmel, 831-626-1681.
Annual Zin-QJune 29, Carmel Valley, 877-659-2800.
Boney James in ConcertJune 29, Monterey, 831-649-1223.
Parade of Champions & Festival of Patriots June 30, Seaside, 831-394-2099.
Custom Car Show and FestivalJune 30, Monterey, 831-636-0301.
Living History DayJuly 4, Monterey, 831-647-6204.
Independence Day Parade & FireworksJuly 4, Monterey, 831-646-3427.
Valley Heritage DayJuly 4, King City, 831-385-1484.
Carmel Bach FestivalJuly 13-August 4, Carmel, 831-624-2046.

For a further description of these and other upcoming events, click here.

Steinbeck Centennial
A major retrospective and program of events celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. Look for films, lectures and exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center, and special offers at Monterey County hotels and attractions. Start by visiting our Calendar of Historical Festivals and Events.

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