Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs


Press Release: DHS Classical Concert Series – Dueling Harpsichords


Desert Hot Springs, CA, February 24, 2016:
The second season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 64565 Pierson Blvd.
Danny Holt “Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts was created to bring world-class classical music to audiences in Desert Hot Springs,” said founder and artistic director, .
“These concerts, made possible in part by the Desert Hot Springs Community and Cultural Affairs Commission [CCAC], feature musicians from Los Angeles, New York and beyond presenting engaging performances that are meant to entertain and inspire even those who are unfamiliar with classical music,” he continued.
On March 6, 2016, Margaret Irwin-Brandon and Sonia Lee present a program for two harpsichords entitled “Tango, Fandango and Sarabande”.
The harpsichord-an instrument popular in the 16th-18th centuries-is experiencing a revival today.  The eclectic program features baroque and classical works by Bach, Vivaldi and Boccherini along with tango music of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.
Admission is free due to the support of the sponsors listed below, However,  audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for Food Now, and donations to benefit the Soroptimist House of Hope are also welcomed.
SUBMITTED BY: Michael Picardi (760) 774-6060

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


Danny Holt

Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt (, 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.

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Danny Holt Video Profile (WWLP-TV NBC, 2000):

Sponsor Information

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:

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Charities Information

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.

Food Now – Desert Hot Springs – Facebook

Screenshot_2016-03-01-06-16-45~2Soroptimist House of Hope Information

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.

House of Hope on Facebook

Venue Information

All performances are held at:

Christ Lutheran Church of Desert Hot Springs

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Performer Information

Margaret Irwin-Brandon

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Margaret Irwin-Brandon

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:

Goldberg Variations at the Atrium

February 20th, 2016 at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, Rancho Mirage, CA. Presented by Desert Hot Strings

Rancho Mirage Public Library Recital

January 7th, 2016 at Rancho Mirage Public Library, Rancho Mirage, CA

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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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Author: Brown Miller

Brown Miller is the Media and Technology Director of the Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs, CA. He is primarily engaged in the promotion of artists and the arts in general in the Coachella Valley, focusing on Desert Hot Springs. Miller's goal is to help Desert Hot Springs artists and arts organizations professionalize their operations and practices and get a cohesive creative community and economy established. He is involved with the Arts District Committee in Desert Hot Springs and has started an online community for cultural districts information at

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