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.

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Desert Hot Springs Classical Concert Series Ventures to Palm Desert for Two Upcoming Fundraiser Concerts


Desert Hot Springs, May 1, 2016:

The second season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues on Saturday, May 14th 2016 at 5:00 PM. For the final two concerts of the season, the series takes a “field trip” to Palm Desert for concerts at SoCal Pianos. The concert is open to the public, and a suggested donation of $20 per person will go to support Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts.

“Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts was created to bring world-class classical music to audiences in Desert Hot Springs,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Danny Holt. “These concerts–made possible in part by the Desert Hot Springs Community and Cultural Affairs Commission–feature professional musicians presenting engaging performances that are meant to entertain and inspire even those who are unfamiliar with classical music,” he continued. “Our final two concerts this season are being hosted by SoCal Pianos in Palm Desert. We’re looking forward to reaching out to an audience beyond Desert Hot Springs, and we are excited about the continued growth of our series.”

The Palm Desert concerts on May 14 and June 11 will help raise funds for the 2017 season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts, including rehabilitating the piano at the venue in Desert Hot Springs.

The concert at SoCal Pianos on Saturday, May 14th features 4handsLA, Los Angeles’ “dazzlingly young” (Los Angeles Times) piano duo. Their program, entitled Variations on America, features four-hand piano works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Joplin, Ives, Ginastera, and others. The final concert of the 2016 season will also take place at SoCal Pianos: Michigan-based pianist Michael Coonrod makes his California Desert debut in a program of solo piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Godowksy, Skryabin, and others.


Piano Duo 4handsLA in concert ( ) performing “Variations on America” as part of the Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts Series ( ) “field trip” to Palm Desert 


SoCal Pianos, 74-111 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 ( )


Saturday, May 14, 2016, 5:00 PM


4handsLA (Steven Vanhauwaert & Danny Holt, piano)  


Danny Holt  (661) 993-1003








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Photo: Vic Harris, Harry Bromley-Davenport

Photo: Harry Bromley-Davenport




Steven Vanhauwaert


Photo: Tammy Horton

Photo: Tammy Horton












Danny Holt



Photo: Scott Groller












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