Book Cover Dene and Hazel

Carmel Impresarios: a cultural biography

Carmel-by-the-Sea was an artistic hot spot of the West in the 1920s, when two extraordinary women paid a visit and never left. In a man's world, and in the midst of the Great Depression, Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Music Society and the Carmel Bach Festival; ran a repertory theater in Monterey and a concert series in San José for two decades; and designed Carmel's first art gallery and three dozen of its early houses.

This 400-page volume spans a century of history and includes nearly 300 vintage photos and illustrations. It places the life and work of its two colorful subjects within the context of the artistic, intellectual, and cultural currents of early 20th century California, and sheds new light on the musical and theatrical history of Carmel.

For more info, follow the links to the left.

"Carmel Impresarios is a wonderful, long-overdue biography of two amazing pioneers in music, architecture, design, and the arts who, as often happened with women, were 'disappeared' from earlier accounts. Written with zest and love, this book is a major contribution. David Gordon has given us a real gift!"

Riane Eisler
best-selling author of
The Chalice & the Blade
and The Real Wealth of Nations