Did you catch the recent online concert presented by Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts? Maybe you didn’t even know that our city has its own concert series! Since 2014, Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has put on an annual season of live performances at venues throughout the city. Concerts are presented free of charge (though donations at the door are greatly appreciated!), and they are continuing this month despite the restrictions of COVID-19.
The series was started by local resident Danny Holt, who is a classical pianist who relocated from Los Angeles to Desert Hot Springs in search of a quieter life. “It’s been a real joy over the past seven years to bring my friends and colleagues from around the country here to our community to share live performances,” says Holt. “The past year has been devastating to performers and audiences alike. We all miss live performances so much! With the pandemic making live concerts impossible, I decided to forge ahead in 2021 and produce a series of online concerts shot here in Desert Hot Springs.”
The seventh season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts launched at the end of February with award winning musicians Mircea Gogoncea (guitar) and Marley Eder (flute). Their performance will receive an encore broadcast on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm. More information about the artists can be found at their websites: www.mirceagogoncea.com and www.marleyedermusic.com.
Cellist Derek Stein presents a solo concert that will debut on Sunday, March 14 at 4pm, with an encore broadcast on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “compellingly, vehemently virtuosic,” Stein is a cellist whose active performance schedule knows virtually no bounds and is met with the same committed abandon he brings to his playing. His eclectic program includes works by Prokofiev, Hindemith, and Carter, as well as the humorous “Suite for Cello All By Its Lonesome” by PDQ Bach (the fictional son of J.S. Bach and alter ego of composer Peter Schickele) and a new work written for Derek by Los Angeles based composer Nicholas Deyoe. More information about the artist can be found at his website: www.derekstein.com
Finally in March, concert series Founder and Artistic Director Danny Holt presents a solo piano concert on Sunday, March 28 at 4pm. Holt has been called “exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times, and The Record (Waterloo, Ontario) described him as “the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete.” Holt’s concert features extremely rare works by from the 19th century, including a sonata by Mozart’s contemporary, Leopold Kozeluch, miniatures by Brahms’ contemporary, Theodor Kirchner, and two works by Stephen Heller, including his riff on Schubert’s most famous song, The Erlkönig. More information about the artist can be found at his website: www.dannyholt.net
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 at www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/donate.
To learn more about Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts, visit www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org.