Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs


SATURDAY: 9-Fingered Master Pianist, Michael Coonrod, Performs for DHS Classical Concerts Fundraiser

Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts

Fundraiser in Palm Desert @ SoCal Pianos with

Michael Coonrod

Saturday, June 11th @ 5pm
SoCal Pianos, Palm Desert
74111 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Proceeds benefited the Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series

Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs Editorial Note:

Michael Coonrod is a renowned pianist and music educator of 39 years who suffered a tragic injury last year leaving him short one digit. His story his heartrending and inspiring. A handful classic concert series supporters took advantage of this opportunity to see Dr. Coonrod perform with his former student, Danny Holt.  Danny is fundraising for his Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series’ 3rd Season in 2017. This performance concludes the 2016 season.

Despite his recent disability, Dr. Coonrod continues to teach, play and perform. We, the community of Desert Hot Springs, had the great honor of this extraordinary musician and scholar performing here in the desert so we may have another wonderful season of classical performances. He is an inspiration to us all and an extraordinary example of an artist’s dedication to his craft, even turning the old cliche “you’ll never play piano again” on it’s ear. The Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs welcomes you to our fine city and thanks you for your gifts to us.

The AFDHS has followed Danny Holt’s concert series since the beginning of the season and we have been blown away by the skill of  the performers and the quality and care that is put into each production. We wish to thank Danny, Mr. Coonrod, and all of the wonderful musicians that have participated in this fantastic program and we would welcome them all back for future performances. Your contributions to our cultural landscape are priceless and memorable.

— Brown Miller, Media & Technology Director, AFDHS

“I am truly humbled and inspired by his perseverance in the face of such a challenge. It is remarkable to see him performing again,”
— Danny Holt
Founder & Artistic Director, Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts

Sponsor Information

The 2016 season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts has been made possible in part by the support of the City of Desert Hot Springs Community and Cultural Affairs Commission, and by individual donors.

The support of the following local businesses is also greatly appreciated:

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Copyright © 2016 Danny Holt, All rights reserved.

About Michael Coonrod


“Michael Coonrod, piano faculty member at Interlochen for 39 years, has been a mentor to hundreds of students at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp since 1976. His role as a professional performing pianist, a counselor for maturing young musicians, and a teacher of musical style, practice skills, and technique has created a healthy environment for students to achieve their maximum ability. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were earned at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, part of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he studied with Konrad Wolff, biographer of Artur Schnabel. Additional training came from Leon Fleischer, Adele Marcus, George Walker, and Lucien Hut at the University of Montana. He has performed and given master classes at the Qingdao University in China, the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw Poland, and the Eastman School of Music. He is married to Jean Merce Coonrod, with three grown children and three grandchildren.”

From Dr. Coonrod’s Faculty Profile on the Interlochen website ( )

Press & Notable Events

The Record Eagle, Jun 13, 2015:Pianist poised to play again after accident
— by Lisa Conley ( )

Interlochen Public Radio, The Green Room, June 19, 2015: “…a nine-finger piano commission…” — By Kate Botello  & David Cassleman

Manistee News Advocate, June 8th, 2016Coonrod wows audience at Music House concert” — by MNA Staff

About Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series

Watch KESQ “Eye on the Desert” interview with Danny Holt from June 6th, 2016.

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


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):




Disclaimer: the AFDHS and the Classical Concerts Series are two separate entities with no affiliation with one another. The AFDHS reports on cultural events and programming happening in Desert Hot Springs or of interest to our creative community and their followers. Danny Holt’s concert series is just one of a plethora of cultural events happening with increasing frequency in our city; far more than we are able to cover. If there is an event or story you think we should cover, or perhaps you have a piece you have written, or photos or video you’ve taken of something you would like to share with your community, pleas do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas or content. Email Brown Miller, Media & Technology Director ( or call 760-905-2116.





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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