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Classical Concerts Information
Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts was created to bring world-class classical music to audiences in Desert Hot Springs. Concerts feature musicians from Los Angeles, New York, and beyond who present lively, engaged performances that can entertain and inspire even those who are unfamiliar with classical music.
Danny Holt Information
Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt (www.dannyholt.net), is a classical pianist, composer, and educator who splits his time between Los Angeles and Desert Hot Springs. He teaches at College of the Desert, Norco College, and elsewhere, and he performs across the U.S. and abroad.
Danny Holt Video Profile (WWLP-TV NBC, 2000):
The 2016 season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has been made possible in part by the support of the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of Desert Hot Springs, and by individual donors.
The support of the following local businesses is also greatly appreciated:
TOP Shop (theonlyprintshop.com)
DHS Florist & Nursery (www.deserthotspringsfloristandnursery.net)
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum (www.cabotsmuseum.org)
BurkeMedia Productions (burkemediaproductions.com)
Bendtsen & McGrew Heating & Air Conditioning (www.bendtsenandmcgrew.com)
Food Now Information
Family Services of the Desert strives to make healthy and nutritious food choices available through its community food pantry Food Now to those residents in need who would otherwise have to go hungry. Every week an average of 15,000 pounds of food is distributed by Food Now to approximately 550 low and extremely-low income households to supplement their nutritional needs. In addition, special programs focus on specific groups such as chronically hungry children and the homeless.
Soroptimist House of Hope (SHOH) is a nonprofit organization providing recovery programs to women with substance abuse disorders. Since 1981, SHOH has helped thousands of women through a comprehensive and effective social model program offering housing, companionship and guidance, therapeutic activities, and a structured daily routine that enables them to establish and maintain sober and healthy lives.
All performances are held at:
Margaret Irwin-Brandon is a specialist in early keyboard instruments, and is a concert recitalist in the Americas and Europe. Her harpsichord performances of J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall were received with critical acclaim.
She has been a soloist in many European and American festivals and has performed in national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.
Recent local performances include:
February 20th, 2016 at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, Rancho Mirage, CA. Presented by Desert Hot Strings
January 7th, 2016 at Rancho Mirage Public Library, Rancho Mirage, CA
Hong Kong-born Canadian harpsichordist Sonia Lee maintains an active concert schedule in North America and Europe, she has also been in demand in South America and the Far East. Praised by critics for her “very high standard of playing” and her ability to dazzle “an enraptured audience,” she has been heard as soloist at important festivals as well as regional and international conferences, including Boston Early Music Festival, Rome Festival, Early Music Colorado Fall Festival, Society for Historically Informed Performance Summer Concert Series, as well as the American Musical Instrument Society, Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, Galpin Society, and International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections meetings.
As a continuo player on both harpsichord and organ, she has collaborated with numerous soloists and ensembles, including Concerto Urbano, La Donna Musicale, the Rome Festival Orchestra and Opera, Dulces Exuviae, Sinfonia da Camera, Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal, and Musicerend Gezelschap, of which she is a founding member.
She flies in from Darien, Illinois where she will be adjudication for the Illinois State Piano Solo and Ensemble Contest at Hinsdale South High School on March 5, 2016, the night before the Desert Hot Springs performance.
Upcoming events include:
Sunday April 3, 2016, 4pm, San Francisco, CA
US Premiere of Hyo-shin Na’s Invisible Door (2015) for violin and harpsichord with Hyunjung Choi, Presented by The Wooden Fish Ensemble and Old First Concerts
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