Carmel Bach Festival Presents Second Annual Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas Home and Garden Tour on May 2

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif., March 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, is hosting its second annual "Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas" Home and Garden Tour, a one-of-a-kind event celebrating hometown architecture, nature and artistic expression on May 2. The self-curated tour features five area homes, including two T.J. Murphy properties that have never been open to the public. All locations are in Carmel or on Carmel Point.

Participants can tour the five homes in any order and at their own pace between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and learn about each location's historic elements from on-site docents as well as enjoy baroque and classical music from Carmel Bach Festival's young musicians.

Tickets to "Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas" are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, and are available online at or by phone at 831-624-1521.

On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at Carmel Bach Festival's office located at the corner of Mission Street and 10th Avenue in Carmel-By-The Sea. A map with details about each home will be released to ticket purchasers.

"The 'Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas' event is a beautiful way to experience the rich culture of Carmel, which has long been a destination for artists of all backgrounds from the world of art, music and performance," said Gail Dryden, chair of the event and a member of Carmel Bach Festival's Board of Directors. "This event was envisioned last year as an opportunity to meld our love of classical music with these elements that are particular to Carmel. Many of us that are newer residents of the community, and those who enjoy Carmel as frequent visitors, do not typically have the opportunity to see the lovely artist cottages and larger-scale manors and gardens up close and with the added benefit of amazing musical accompaniment."

In addition to the T.J. Murphy homes, which were each built in the early 20th century, this year's tour also includes a Spanish manor house from 1925 with original architecture and tiling, and a dining room highlighting a repurposed wishing well. The remaining two homes represent a juxtaposition of old and new; participants will enjoy a modern steel-framed home of glass and stone, and a true Carmel cottage with French touches and an ocean hideaway feel. Visit the event website for more home details:

Tickets to the Carmel Bach Festival, taking place July 18 through August 1, are currently available online at or by phone at 831-624-1521. Those taking part in the May 2 home tour can learn more about the Festival and buy tickets direct from on-site staff members, or at the Festival's office.

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:

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Source: Carmel Bach Festival