Did you know that Desert Hot Springs has its own classical concert series? Since 2014, Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has been presenting 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!)
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 launches at the end of this month with a series of five online concerts available to audiences between February and May at: www.DHSclassicalconcerts.org/watch. Concerts will be broadcast online every other Sunday at 4pm, and each concert will have an encore broadcast the following week. 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
Five concert videos were recorded in the fall of 2019, 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 professional multi-camera shoot means that the audience gets a more wide-ranging and intimate experience than they might in a more traditional concert setting,” said Holt.
The opening online concert of the 2021 season features award winning musicians MIRCEA GOGONCEA (guitar) and MARLEY EDER (flute), whose sensational performance chemistry and appetite for eclectic musical styles has led to a vibrant partnership and numerous concerts throughout Southern California. They wowed audiences in Desert Hot Springs at the third annual Afternoon Concert Crawl in March 2020, just days before the pandemic forced all public concerts to be canceled. They returned to the desert in November to record their performance at Mi Kasa Hot Springs, against the backdrop of the sun setting behind Mt. San Jacinto.
Gogoncea and Eder’s concert will premiere on Sunday, February 28 at 4pm, with 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. Subsequent concerts are as follows:
Derek Stein (cello)
Sunday, March 14 at 4pm
(Encore broadcast: Thursday, March 25 at 7pm)
Danny Holt (piano)
Sunday, March 28 at 4pm
(Encore broadcast: Thursday, April 8 at 7pm)
Daria Binkowski (flute) & Kimberly Fitch (viola)
Sunday, April 11 at 4pm
(Encore broadcast: Thursday, April 22 at 7pm)
Margaret Irwin-Brandon (clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano & organ)
Sunday, April 25 at 4pm
(Encore broadcast: Thursday, May 6 at 7pm)
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