For 2017, in support of the Big Sur community, Philip has gathered an incredible group of artist including Laurie Anderson, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Ira Glass, and the Molissa Fenley Dance Company. There will also be a premieres of works of theater, poetry, and music including Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino’s Club Diamond and festival favorite Jerry Quickley.

Tickets On Sale Now! Follow the links below join these artists in the intimate setting of Carmel-By-The-Sea’s Historic Golden Bough Theatre!

Our 2017 Festival also features:

VIP PACKAGES: Available this year with reserved seating, artist meet & greets, post show toasts, and a special gift bag. Visit any event page for more information.

HOTELS: We have special rates at two area hotels for you: The Big Sur Lodge in Big Sur and, right across the street form our shuttle depot, at The Carmel Mission Inn. For more information visit our Special Hotel Discounts page.


Special VIP Package Offerings

VIP packages include: reserved seating, artist meet & greets, post show toasts, and a special gift bag.


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Event Schedule

All shows at Carmel-By-The-Sea’s Historic Golden Bough Theatre! Visit the links below to find event and ticketing information.

Club Diamond & Molissa Fenley Dance Company
This shared evening includes the West Coast premiere of a wonderful new theatre work by festival veterans Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino (2011) with an original score, performed LIVE by festival favorite Tim Fain. This performance will be followed by a dance presentation by Molissa Fenley (2011) and Company, sure to delight.

The Philip Glass Ensemble performs KOYAANISQATSI LIVE
A cult classic, which has become the PGE’s most requested and well attended performances the world over. Enjoy the newly restored HD version of the film and the Philip Glass ensemble, returning to Carmel for the first time since 2011.

New Sounds and Philip Glass Ensemble Highlights
Philip is bringing to Carmel three amazing young talents to perform their own new compositions: Timo Andres on Piano (2015), Claire Chase on Flute, and Pauchi Sasaki on Violin and Electronics, combined with the Philip Glass Ensemble performing many of our major works from the last 40 years.

A public conversation with Philip Glass, Victor Sanchez and Sat Hon
A discussion on creativity and human development. Join Philip and two very important people in his life whom he wishes to share with all of you: Victor Sanchez and Sat Hon.

KOYAANISQATSI Meets Atmospheric Rivers: War and the Weather
Join Philip and Lauren Muscatine, Managing Editor, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, Larry Schick, Meteorologist, Water Management, Army Corps of Engineers, and Enid Baxter Ryce, director of War and the Weather, in discussion about depicting the impact of humans on the environment with a special emphasis on the new and urgent need to describe the science and impact of Atmospheric Rivers.

MOVIE NIGHT: The General & Me AND A Land For War
Nothing better than some of the worlds best popcorn and two very powerful films, both about the same subject from opposite perspectives: The Vietnam War. The General & Me is a candid, personal portrait of one of the 20th centuries most important and little understood military figures: The North’s General Vo Nguyen Giap. Produced and Directed by Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant. And A Land For War: a film by the Peninsula’s own Enid Baxter Ryce, documenting the people, lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord. Join both filmmakers for what will undoubtedly be an interesting post show Q&A.

WORLD PREMIERE!!! “Is Infinity Odd or Even”
A new work with music by Philip Glass, text by Arturo Bejar, spoken and sung by Tara Hugo, music performed LIVE by Tim Fain (violin), Matt Haimovitz (cello), David Harding (viola) and Lavinia Meijer (harp). Paired with: The Spoken word of Jerry Quickley. This is the third installment, and completes the work “Whistle Blower”.

An Evening with Laurie Anderson
Laurie was so taken by her experience at last year’s festival she had to return for more! Laurie never disappoints and she is busy working on a spectacular evening of music and ideas.

An Afternoon with Ira Glass
Philip’s cousin never rests! This is what the New York Times says: “a storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence, and a sympathetic heart.” Come help us close out our 7th Festival and find out for yourself.