The seventh season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues in April with online concerts by Danny Holt (piano), Daria Binkowski (flute) & Kimberly Fitch (viola), and Margaret Irwin-Brandon (historical keyboards). A complete schedule can be found at: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/2021. No tickets or reservations are required, but audience members are encouraged to donate online to support the concert series: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/donate
“In recent years, Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has championed live performance by presenting dozens of free community concerts throughout Desert Hot Springs” said Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt. “Our sixth season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we decided it was important to forge ahead in 2021. We have been humbled and inspired by the unique challenges of connecting audiences with music during a pandemic, and we are thrilled that community members have been enjoying our recent online concerts.”
Five concert videos were recorded in the fall of 2020, mostly in outdoor locations in Desert Hot Springs. “We felt it was meaningful to have artists come here to Desert Hot Springs and record performances at iconic locations like Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. And the ability to do a multi-camera shoot means that the audience gets a more dynamic and intimate experience than they might in a more traditional concert setting,” said Holt.
The most recent online concert of the 2021 season featured concert series Founder & Artistic Director, pianist DANNY HOLT. His performance will receive an encore broadcast on Thursday, April 8th at 7pm. More information about Danny Holt can be found at his website: www.dannyholt.net
DARIA BINKOWSKI (flute) and KIMBERLY FITCH (viola) will present a program of duos and solos on Sunday, April 11th at 4pm, with an encore broadcast on Thursday, April 22th at 7pm. Binkowski and Fitch met as students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, through their shared enthusiasm for contemporary music. Finding themselves both living in the Los Angeles area within the past few years, the two have been able to collaborate again. The duo was originally scheduled to perform a live in-person concert for Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts on March 15, 2020, which was among the first concerts to be canceled due to the pandemic. They returned to Desert Hot Springs in November 2020 to record an outdoor concert video at The Lautner Compound. Their program includes works by Mozart and Bach, alongside contemporary pieces by Vivian Fine, Mei-Fang Lin, and Binkowski. More information about the artists can be found at their websites: www.dariabinkowski.com and www.kimberlyviolist.com.
The final concert of the 2021 online season features local resident MARGARET IRWIN-BRANDON, who specializes in early keyboard instruments. Her program, which features five different instruments from her personal collection, will premiere on Sunday, April 25th at 4pm, with an encore broadcast on Thursday, May 6 at 7pm. Irwin-Brandon has been a soloist in many European, North and South American festivals including the International Organ Festival in Nuremberg, the Lahti and Jyvaskyla (Finland) festivals and has performed in national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Historical Organ Society and the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and has served on the faculties of the University of Oregon, the Oberlin College Conservatory and Mount Holyoke College. Her program offers a unique tour through historical keyboard instruments from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as she performs on five instruments from her personal collection: a clavichord, two harpsichords, a fortepiano, and an organ. More information about the artist can be found at her website: www.desertbaroque.com/margaret-irwin-brandon
Each concert can be viewed at the designated day and time at: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/watch There, viewers also have the opportunity to click through to watch the concerts on YouTube, where they can participate in a real-time online chat with other audience members, concert series director Danny Holt, and occasionally with the performers themselves.
All concerts are made available online for free, thanks to underwriting from the City of Desert Hot Springs, support from local businesses, and individual donors. In non-pandemic times, cash donations are accepted at the door to each concert, which go directly to supporting the concert series. This season, contributions can be made online: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/donate
To learn more about Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts, visit: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org