Drawing musicians from across the Morongo Basin, Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley, the innovative Joshua Tree Philharmonic is set to begin its tenth consecutive season at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. The fall/winter session will culminate with a spectacular musical concert series featuring new selections from the famed Mannheim Steamroller collection of treasured holiday favorites December 13th -15th. Under the direction of Maestro Jarrod Radnich, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic, or “JPHIL,” welcomes new members to join the flourishing orchestra for the launch of this fall/winter session beginning Monday, August 26th.
The JPHIL accepts members with a wide range of musical skills because Radnich, also a noted composer, reworks the orchestral music and creates an arrangement for each performer that is geared specifically to their skill set, while maintaining original work’s integrity. The all volunteer JPHIL has seen tremendous growth during the past several years and is pleased to announce Bonnie Schwartz as its Concert Master, Jesse Henry as its Assistant Conductor, and Laurinda Stewart, Darrel Shade, and Jason Underwood as the score preparation team. A few of JPHIL’s newest members are graduates of the Cultural Center’s Strings Conservatory, but many members of the orchestra have enjoyed fruitful musical careers and extensive training, the combination of which creates a wonderful success story for this thriving community orchestra. “The dedication to music, the team-work, and the mentoring atmosphere that is shared in the JPHIL’s music creation process, builds a place where people of unique backgrounds enjoy family-like support,” notes Kathleen Radnich, Chairperson for the Desert Music Foundation. “Age is not a factor – if you can read music, are relatively proficient on your instrument, and enjoy learning and working with a group, then joining the JPHIL will turn out to be a gift to yourself,” she added.
People wishing to join the JPHIL, including those returning from last season, should come to the Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater on Monday, August 26th at 6:00pm. Rehearsals run Monday evenings from 6-8 pm. The Center’s address is 61231 Twentynine Palms Highway (Hwy 62) in Joshua Tree. New individuals wishing to join are asked to bring their instrument with a prepared piece of music that demonstrates the level of their playing “comfort.” Returning members need not bring their instruments, but new music and information will be distributed, so all members should attend this first meeting. This 16-week rehearsal session’s fee is $80 per member, and covers all performance and learning materials, uniforms, music, and licenses. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Members of the community who wish to sponsor a musician may do so through the Center’s website and will receive a tax-deductible donation. To make a donation or for additional information, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or may contact Kathleen Radnich through the Center’s box office at 760.366.3777.
The JPHIL is a program of the Desert Music Foundation, a subsidiary of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. The Cultural Center is a federally-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation (EIN 23-7425816) that is also duly registered as a charity with the California Department of Justice’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.
Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a non-profit educational and cultural arts center. The mission of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is to operate a Cultural Center that provides venues, support facilities, funding, promotion, leadership, innovation, education, and other resources for programs and productions whose focus is on the aesthetic arts – including dramatic, musical, visual, and other forms of artistic expression. See www.hidesertculturalcenter.com