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Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Museum of Art Celebrate Bach's 330th Birthday at March 21 "Bach's Birthday Bash"

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, and the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) invite the Monterey Peninsula community to honor Bach's 330th birthday March 21 at MMA's La Mirada location. "Bach's Birthday Bash" celebrates the composer's ongoing influence in the arts with an evening of musical performances, food and drink, a raffle, door prizes and more.

The event takes place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at 720 via Mirada in Monterey. Tickets are $40 each, and are available at http://www.bachfestival.org/bachs-birthday-bash.htm. Attendees must be 21 or older.

"We have given this event an affectionate subtitle--'330 is the new 40 and has never looked so good'--because Bach continues to have such lasting power in our collective culture, from music to dance to art," said Debbie Chinn, Executive Director of the Carmel Bach Festival. "That's also why working with the Monterey Museum of Art was such a natural fit because both of our organizations recognize the importance of inviting our neighbors to share in our reverence for this icon of the arts. This night will be a chance to kick up your heels and have fun while toasting one of the truly great figures of the human experience."

The Carmel Bach Festival and MMA are both committed to educating the broader public about their respective arts programming, and to offering interesting and immersive events throughout the year.

"Art is for everyone and it transforms lives," said Charlotte Eyerman, Executive Director of MMA. "When we were looking for a way for our organizations to do something together, we wanted an event that would connect the visual and performing arts because we have a shared commitment to keeping our cultural missions alive. Bach's birthday party will help broaden both of our audiences and brings people together to share an extraordinary experience."

"Bach's Birthday Bash" event goers are encouraged to order their tickets early, as space is limited.

Tickets for the Carmel Bach Festival's 78th annual season, taking place July 18 through August 1, go on sale to the general public on March 1. For more information, please visit http://www.bachfestival.org.

About Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. The world-class festival of music and ideas provides fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways. Paul Goodwin is now in his fifth season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and is known for his background as a professional oboist, Grammy nominee, and winner of the prestigious Handel Prize. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935 on the premise that Carmel-by-the-Sea should become the epicenter of world-class music, art and cultural expression. The 78th annual season will take place July 18 through August 1, 2015. For more information regarding Carmel Bach Festival events: http://www.bachfestival.org

About Monterey Museum of Art

The Monterey Museum of Art expands a passion for the visual arts and inspires appreciation of California art—past, present, and future. For more information about the Museum and its exhibitions and programs, please visit: http://www.montereyart.org/

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Source: Carmel Bach Festival