Solo Play

Four of the 20 guest cabins at Deetjen’s were severely damaged in the mudslides of last winter’s storms, and rebuilding has been slow while revenues have been down.

It’s nearly two years since the Soberanes Fire raged through Big Sur, only to have destructive mudslides follow a few months later. One landmark was particularly hard hit.

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn was built by hand by Helmut Deetjen in the 1930s and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Enter Janey Bennett, a longtime friend of Deetjen’s board member Kent Seavey.

“Helmut loved two things: fine food and classical music,” Bennett says. “The idea of hosting a dinner with classical music to honor Deetjen’s tradition brought me to think of another friend – a world-class cellist named Colin Carr.”

Born in Liverpool, Carr is professor of cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He’s spent the past three years touring the world interpreting the six Bach Suites.

“I’ve been playing and teaching the suites my whole life,” Carr says. “In this wonderful manuscript, there is never a dull moment. He challenges us to think beyond the notes, to use our bows in ways we might never have dreamt of, and to live in a spirit of improvisation and fun.”

Carr offers the third and sixth suites during his visit to Hidden Valley.

“There’s no better venue to produce an event with a solo musician and food service,” Deetjen’s GM Matt Glazer says. “Even though the road is open and we’re open for business, we are still in need. We have a long way to go.”

In addition to sublime cello, the event features the cuisine of Deetjen’s inspired by Executive Chef Domingo Santa Maria.

“The music doesn’t play itself,” Carr says. “It is in constant need of the imagination and vision of its player and its audience, without which it struggles to come to life.”

DEETJEN’S BEST: BACH AND BUFFET FUNDRAISER 6pm Thursday, March 22. Hidden Valley, 104 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $125. 659-3115,

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