Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs


House Concert at Danny Holt’s Home with Michael Coonrod

Special VIP House Concert Fundraiser for Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series

Michael Coonrod

of the Interlochen Center for the Arts

7pm Friday, June 10th

Editorial from the AFDHS:

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. Tonight’s house concert is a rare opportunity to meet this man in person at the home of his former student, Danny Holt.  Danny is fundraising for his Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series 3rd Season in 2017. The final performance of the 2016 season is tomorrow Saturday, June 11th at SoCal Pianos in Palm Desert where Dr. Coonrod will also be performing.

Despite his recent disability, Dr. Coonrod continues to play and perform. We, the community of Desert Hot Springs, have 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, Dr. Coonrod, and all of the wonderful musicians that have participated in this fantastic program. We would welcome you all back for future performances. Your contributions to our cultural landscape are priceless and memorable.

Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts

Media Alert:

Members of the press are invited to attend this event for photos, interviews, etc. Donations will be waived for legitimate media professionals.
WHAT: Desert Hot Springs Classical Concert Series presents a special House Concert fundraiser and reception for Michael Coonrod.
Friday, June 10th, 2016, 7-8:30pm
(Feel free to arrive between 6:45-7pm.)
The Desert Hot Springs home of Classical Concerts Series Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt. (address provided when you RSVP)
Please feel free to fill up both driveways. Fine to park behind my blue Chevy Volt.
Donations ($60 per person) will be accepted on Friday(cash/check/credit card). If you’re also planning to attend the concert in Palm Desert this Saturday, a donation of $80 covers both events. Or, donate $100 and also take home two CDs by Michael Coonrod, 4handsLA, Steven Vanhauwaert, or yours truly. Please make checks out to Danny Holt (memo: DHS Classical Concerts). Thank you!
Dress is casual. We will enjoy desserts and iced coffee/tea outside on the shaded back patio. Then we’ll move indoors for music. If the weather is just right, we may open the doors to the music studio…

“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

There are still seats available for this Friday’s concert/reception at my home in Desert Hot Springs, from 7-8:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy a relaxed and inspiring evening of music, stories, conversation, cold refreshing beverages and decadent desserts. (And if the construction going on in my back yard is completed on time, guests can even try out my new bocce court!)

Friday’s house concert is a wonderful opportunity to meet Michael Coonrod before his concert on Saturday in Palm Desert. Dr. Coonrod is an exceptional pianist and one of my former teachers and mentors. As I told KESQ’s “Eye on the Desert” this week, Michael suffered a terrible injury last year that resulted in him losing a finger on his right hand. I am truly humbled and inspired by his perseverance in the face of such a challenge. It is remarkable to see him performing again, and I know you will be blown away by his story and his music!

Come support Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts at my home studio in Desert Hot Springs this Friday, June 10th from 7-8:30pm. Your donation of $60 will make a significant contribution toward our fundraising efforts and will help kickstart the 2017 concert season. (Donations accepted at the door–cash, check, or credit/debit card).

Seating is limited. RSVP required: email

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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Benefit concert/reception featuring Michael Coonrod & Danny Holt

June 10th, 7-8:30pm

@ the home of DHS Classical Concerts Founder & Artistic Director Danny Holt

$60 donation per person
Seating is limited.
(661) 993-1003

Consider making a donation of $100, and receive…

• Admission (for one) to VIP concert in DHS on June 10th

• Admission (for one) to June 11th Palm Desert Concert

• 2 CDs of your choice from our artists this spring: 4handsLA, Steven Vanhauwaert, Danny Holt, or Michael Coonrod

• Your name printed in next season’s concert programs (with a big THANK YOU!)

Your donation goes directly to support performers on the 2017 season of Desert Hot Springs Concerts, and also to help rehabilitate the piano at our venue so next season’s piano concerts can be on our “home turf” in Desert Hot Springs!

You can make your donation in person at the concert (by cash, check, or credit/debit card).

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

Images & Video

YouTube Instructional Video

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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