March 24th, 2021 is the 300th Anniversary of the Brandenburg Concerto, a JS Bach masterpiece.
Monterey, California will be hosting a worldwide celebration with two Livestreams – one at 2 to 3:30 PST, and the second at 7 to 8:30 PST. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Music and Performing Arts Department at California State University Monterey Bay. and its partners the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, California Rodeo Salinas, Carmel Bach Festival, Monterey County Pops!, Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Symphony, and Palenke Arts. All free – a gift from Monterey to the world.
This unprecedented range of major classical, jazz and traditional arts organizations in our area came together to celebrate the first music on the Golden Record that will still be orbiting the Milky Way long after our sun explodes in 4.5 billion years. The Brandenburg Concerto heads 26 other pieces that were selected to represent the whole of earth by a Carl Sagan/Jet Propulsion Lab team in 1977. Arguably it is the most important recorded music ever. The Carmel Bach Festival has performed one of its concertos over 275 times since 1935 – easily the most performed classical music in the history of Monterey County.
As part of the program we are asking anyone who wishes to answer a question:
What music would you like to have heard on the Voyager Golden Record that they did not include? Or put another way, what list of music would you want to represent all of humanity and human history that might be launched on a future Golden Record that would travel through space for the next 5 billion years? Why?
Please answer either through the website (or in the chat room during the Livestreams): https://brandenburgconcerto300thanniversary.com/what-music-would-you-like-to-have-been-on-the-voyager-golden-record/
For links to music being played in the program: https://brandenburgconcerto300thanniversary.com/brandenburg-concerto-300th-anniversary-program/
To register (optional) please go to: https://brandenburgconcerto300thanniversary.com
Or email us: Brandenburg300Project@gmail.com
Please join California State University Monterey Bay and its partners the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, California Rodeo Salinas, Carmel Bach Festival, Monterey County Pops!, Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Symphony, and Palenke Arts in celebrating wonderful music, great art and photography. All free – a gift from Monterey to the world.