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Adele, Moody Blues, Duke Ellington, & Mozart to highlight Joshua Tree Philharmonic’s Concert Series this weekend

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Joshua Tree Philharmonic - Spring 2014

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JOSHUA TREE, CA – The innovative Joshua Tree Philharmonic (JPHIL) will begin celebrating its 10th anniversary year with a new and exhilarating concert series at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater this weekend, May 16th through 18th.  Sure to delight and enthrall the entire family in a musical celebration unlike any other, this special concert series will feature the Desert’s premiere community orchestra in an eclectic blend of popular music from Carl Orff (Carmina Burana), the Moody Blues, Mozart, Adele, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Harry Warren (Chattanooga Choo-Choo) and more.

Led by Maestro Jarrod Radnich, Concert Master Bonnie Schwartz, and with new arrangements and orchestral score support by Steve Caron, Laurinda Stewart, and Darrell Shade, the JPHIL is an inspiring intergenerational community orchestra comprised of members from the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley, and Inland Empire regions – and often beyond.  As many members of the JPHIL serve in the armed forces they can find themselves on the other side of the country, such as bass flutist Jenn Metlen who flew-in from Maryland on Sunday to perform in the concerts.

“The beauty of the JPHIL is that it is truly a family of professional and dedicated student musicians that has a unique culture all its own,” stated Maestro Radnich, founder and conductor of the philharmonic.  “It’s not about who’s first chair or plays better, it’s about making music together, as adopted family, the best we can – helping everyone grow in the process in a focused yet fun environment, and then sharing that music with our communities, friends, and supporters.”

As concerts traditionally sell-out, concertgoers are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.  Philharmonic evening performances begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th, with two matinee performances at 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th.  All concerts will be held at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater located in the Palmer Performance Hall at 61231 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.  Tickets are $15 for general seating and $20 for elite seating.  While this is a family event, children must be at least 5 years of age to attend.  To purchase tickets call 760.366.3777 or go online to www.hidesertculturalcenter.com.  Tickets are available at the door if space permits.

The Joshua Tree Philharmonic is a program of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Desert Music Foundation.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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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.


The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation incorporated in the State of California as the Hi-Desert Playhouse Guild, Inc. doing business as the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. As required by law it is also registered with the CA DOJ Registry of Charitable Trusts. Donations to it are deductible to the full extent of the law; it is exempted from both federal and state taxes.

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