The small coastal California city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is as famous for its beauty as it is for its rich cultural history. Carmel has attracted artists, musicians, and writers since the the city was incorporated at the beginning of the 20th century, when it became the home of an artist colony. Since 1935, the city has hosted the Carmel Bach Festival.
Sophisticated Chicago has embraced classical music since its earliest days, abounding with musical societies, orchestras, and choral unions even before European immigrant waves made the city an essential haven for professional musicians. With a stimulating variety of venues, weekly museum series, and great universities filled with rising talent – not to mention the superb Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the presence of some of the country’s most influential contemporary composers – Chicago is a superior example of a thriving American classical music scene. Enhanced by an extraordinary literary and theater tradition and by myriad delightful attractions such as an outstanding aquarium, quaint trolley tours, and impressive lake excursions, Chicago’s musical landscape invites concertgoers to experience the brilliant dynamic that makes musical life in the Windy City as vigorous as its namesake.
The City of New York is, undeniably, one of the world’s most animated and vivacious. The Big Apple conjures images of towering skyscrapers and round-the-clock whirr, of larger-than-life advertisements and racing taxis. As well as a center of bright ideas and big thinking, though, New York is home to a deep-rooted network of polished public institutions, dazzling museums, elegant parks, and serene cathedrals. Moreover, each of these has a long tradition of exquisite classical concert series. When it’s time to step back from the flurry of The City, step into one of New York’s stunning concert halls: create your own oasis through music and let this great metropolis inspire you as it did Gershwin, Dvořák, Copland, MacDowell, and Bernstein.
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