Joshua Tree Philharmonic Spring/Summer Season


Joshua Tree
Philharmonic Spring Season

JOSHUA TREE, CA – After December’s sold-out concert series featuring the music of Mannheim Steamroller, and sponsored by Chip Davis himself, musicians from the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley, and Inland Empire regions are returning to the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree to prepare for this new season of music that will boast selections including “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves” and more.  Under the direction of Maestro Jarrod Radnich, the all volunteer Joshua Tree Philharmonic, or “JPHIL,” welcomes new members to join the orchestra for the launch of its 10th Spring/Summer Season that will culminate in a spectacular concert series in May of this year.
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.  A few of the JPHIL’s newest members are graduates of the Cultural Center’s Strings Conservatory, but many members of the orchestra have had fruitful musical careers and extensive training, the combination of which creates a wonderful success story for this growing 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 as they expand their musical repertoire and skills,” 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, February 11th at 6:00pm.  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 should also attend to receive new music and fill-out their registration materials.
This 15-week rehearsal session’s fee is $80 per member, and covers all performance and learning materials, uniforms, and licenses.  Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.  Members of the community who wish to sponsor a musician may do so by sending an email or via phone, or by visiting the Center’s website.  All donations are a tax-deductible.  To make a donation or for additional information, you may send an email to 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.
Contact: Jarrod Radnich/Hi-Desert Cultural Center – 760.365.1325 –
Release Date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 02/08/13

Hi-Desert Cultural Center presents the Live Theatrical Production, “The Dining Room”

JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is proud to announce that The Dining Room, a fantastic theatrical production, will open next weekend and tickets are now on sale. Under the direction of popular local award-winning director Wendy Cohen, and featuring an exciting cast of characters, A. R. Gurney’s acclaimed “comedy of manners” will play at the Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater and will run three weekends from February 15 through March 2, 2013. Complete with a no-host bar featuring wine, beer and champagne, a special gala will launch opening night!
With an almost fifty-year tradition of staging the Desert’s best in live theatre, The Dining Room will feature a large cast of theatrical talent including Susan Brundage, Marge Doyle, Brad Holt, Peggy Jo, Sadie Johannsson, Richard Martinez, Marty Neider, Stacy Owens, Dennis Priest, Becky Renish, Philip Spinelli, Richie Sande, Virginia Sulick, and Karl Weimer.
The play is set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine—with each story focused on a different family during different time periods who have in their possession the same dining room furniture set. The action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, and some rueful. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes mesh into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.
Performances of The Dining Room will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm, February 15 through March 2, 2013. Ticket prices are $15 for general seating and $20 for elite seating. Tickets are now available online at or by calling the box office at 760.366.3777.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s production of The Dining Room, directed by award-winning director Wendy Cohen, will feature a large cast of theatrical talent including Susan Brundage, Marge Doyle, Brad Holt, Peggy Jo, Sadie Johannsson, Richard Martinez, Marty Neider, Stacy Owens, Dennis Priest, Becky Renish, Phil Spinelli, Richie Sande, Virginia Sulick, and Karl Weimer.



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